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ReserveVoice: April 30, 2016

Legislative Update

Every year military servicemembers and retirees follow Congress to see what military pay raise and Cost of Living Allowance amounts will be passed into law.  What most don’t understand is the amount of increase for each is based on different factors.  The following explanation is provided for each:

Military Retirees COLA

Military retirees COLA raise is from the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) which is calculated by economists and statisticians with the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The CPI-W is the current index used for measuring increases in the prices of consumer goods, including food and beverages, housing, clothing, transportation, medical care, recreation, education, communication, and more.
  • In 2016 a COLA increase was not given to military retirees.The decision for 2017 will be made at the end of the year.
  • CPI measures inflation and the purpose of using CPI is to generally preserve the purchasing power of retired pay. DOD Military Pay

Military Members Pay Raise

Military pay raise is from the Employment Cost Index (ECI).  Annual military pay raises are linked to the increase in private sector wages, as measured by the Employment Cost Index (ECI). In the 1990's, the annual military pay raise was capped at one-half percent below private-sector growth unless specifically granted a larger increase by Congress. The FY2000 National Defense Authorization Act directed that pay raises for 2000 through 2006 would automatically be one-half percent above the private-sector wage increases. Pay raises beginning in 2007 are equal to the increase in the ECI. Pay raises may exceed these automatic levels if authorized and funded by Congress. 
  • The President submitted a 1.6 percent pay raise in 2017 and the House increased that to a 2.1 percent pay raise.The Senate agreed to a 1.6 percent increase.
  • ECI measures private-sector wage increases.DOD Military Pay

HR 4909, 2017 NDAA House Markup – Continuation Pay

While DoD submitted several changes to the new blended retirement plan and continuation pay, the House only included one proposal which they modified. 
The Department wanted flexibility in the application of continuation pay in order to shape the force versus the legislation from last year that paid only during the 12 year-of-service (YOS).  DoD proposed to pay it sometime during the 8 to 16 YOS but the House only provided minimum continuation payment to all members at 8 to 12 YOS.  The House also added a minimum payment of not less than 2.5 times the member’s monthly basic pay.  DoD and the House agreed that maximum payments would not exceed 13 times for regular or reserve on active duty members and 6 times the amount of monthly basic pay when not on active duty.
Regular/Reserve Component on Active Duty 8-12 YOS:  2.5 to 13 x monthly basic pay
Reserve Component not on Active Duty 8-12 YOS:  2.5 to 6 x monthly basic pay
As a reminder the Reserve Component who are not on active duty are paid at a lower rate because of their high retention to service.  In other words more Guard and Reserve stay in the military then the Active Component.

Army Update

Excerpts from USAR Posture Statement

Each year, typically in late March just prior to providing testimony to critical Congressional Committees, the Chief of the Army Reserve releases the Army Reserve Posture Statement. The below are excerpts from the most recent Posture Statement and provide an excellent summary of the present status of the Army Reserve, how it fulfills its mission, and key issues of importance to sustain it.  
      “The 2016 Army Reserve Posture Statement outlines specific ways to meet mission requirements without placing undue stress on the force. Chief among them are full implementation of Army Total Force Policy, which will ensure distribution of Army resources among all three components based on size, mission, and requirements; integrated training for all three components to ensure the interoperability of our forces; funding for equipment and modernization to ensure compatibility and the ability to respond to emerging global security threats; and programs and services to support the physical and mental readiness of Soldiers and Families.
      The United States Army Reserve is a global operational reserve force, providing operational capability and strategic depth to the Total Army and the Joint Force in support of the National Defense Strategy and Army commitments worldwide. The Army Reserve comprises 20 percent of the Army’s organized units, nearly half the Army’s total maneuver support, and a quarter of its mobilization base expansion capability.
Readiness is the Army Reserve’s number one priority. To win in the complex world of today and tomorrow, we must be ready for the threats and challenges of the present and the future. For the past four years, the Army Reserve has been building readiness and preparing for the future primarily through its Plan, Prepare, Provide readiness model. The “Plan” portion of the model regionally aligns Army Reserve Engagement Cells and Teams to support Army Corps, Army Service Component Commands, and Combatant Commands as they seek to prevent conflict across the globe. The “Prepare” portion delivers the military and civilian-acquired skills the Army needs to shape activities and events. “Provide” delivers the combat ready Soldiers, leaders, and units the Army needs to dominate adversaries and win decisively.
      Since September 11, 2001, more than 310,000 Army Reserve Citizen Soldiers have mobilized in support of Total Army and Joint Force requirements. Today, 41,373 Army Reserve Soldiers, or 20.8 percent of current Army Reserve end strength of 198,552 are serving at home and abroad – 17,398 in direct support of Army Service Component Commands (ASCC) and Combatant Commands (CCMD), and 23,975 performing training support missions.  When sustained unified land operations are required, the Army integrates and synchronizes all of America’s military services, but it can do so only with the support of the Army Reserve which provides most of the Army’s critical technical enablers. These include Petroleum Pipeline and Terminal Operations, Rail Units, Biological Identification Detachments, Broadcast Operation Detachments, Civil Affairs, Theater Engineer Commands, Medical Logistics, and others crucial to opening and sustaining major operations.
      As the only Army component that is also a command, the Army Reserve is organized under a single officer who has both staff responsibilities to the Department of the Army as the Chief of Army Reserve and command authority over most USAR Soldiers as the Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command. Because the Chief of the Army Reserve is dual-hatted as Commander, U.S. Army Reserve Command, there is a great deal of unity of effort within the Army Reserve. This structure allows the Army Reserve to integrate into, and directly support, every Army Service Component Command and Combatant Command across the globe with a footprint that extends across all 50 States and the District of Columbia, six Territories, and more than 30 countries. Since 2001, more than 310,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have been mobilized and deployed.”

Critical to the AR is the Full Time Support Program (FTS).

      The Chief of the Army Reserve and ROA have long championed the need for an adequate number of FTS personnel for the AR.   Under current funding levels, the FTS or the AR is vastly under-strength.   The Posture Statement addressed this critical as follows:
      “Today, more than 50 percent of the Army resides in the Reserve Components. Overseas Contingency Operations, Homeland Defense deployments and Domestic response missions are significant undertakings that require Soldiers and units to be ready with little or no notice. The key enabler that allows Army Reserve Citizen Soldiers to be rapidly deployable and sustains unit readiness is the Full Time Support (FTS) program. There are two objectives of FTS. The first is to improve Reserve Component readiness and mobilization/deployment planning and preparation by performing the foundational activities required to support readiness. Full Time Support provides individual and unit support for day-to-day administration, personnel, medical, training, recruiting, mobilization, and other functions required to sustain an Operational Reserve. The second objective is to provide Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) personnel to Army organizations in support of Reserve Component missions. Roughly 25 percent of Army Reserve AGR personnel support the Joint Staff, Combatant Commands, Headquarters Department of the Army (HQDA) and major Army Commands. Thus, the FTS program is a critical resource that enables the Total Army and Joint Force to exercise Mission Command. The need to fully resource the Army Reserve FTS program is well-documented in multiple sources, including a 2009 Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, and a 2011 U.S. Army Audit Agency report, which found that Army Reserve commands did not have sufficient FTS to perform their missions.  While FTS exemplifies Army Total Force Policy, active Army participation through Title XI  is below the level established in current law.”
      The action item for ROA members is to support overall adequate funding for the AR and especially for its FTS program.   Recruiting talented people into the USAR is another important and high visibility task.
      Last week the Army Reserve Recruiting Advertising team was in California toshoot the new Army Reserve recruiting television ad. This will be a30-second, broad-reach television ad that will air nationally on June 7th.The spot is called "All Soldier," and will feature several Army Reserve
      Soldiers in scenes related to their military and civilian jobs.  Hope you are able to catch it and provide feedback.

Army calls for adequate size meet growing dissent

Excerpt from a May 12 Politico story | Mark Perry 
“[An] April 5 testimony of Army leaders before a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee. . . . delivered a grim warning about the future of the U.S. armed forces: Unless the Army budget was increased, allowing both for more men and more materiel, members of the panel said, the United States was in danger of being ‘outranged and outgunned’ in the next war and, in particular, in a confrontation with Russia. Vladimir Putin’s military, the panel averred, had outstripped the U.S. in modern weapons capabilities. And the Army’s shrinking size meant that ‘the Army of the future will be too small to secure the nation’. It was a sobering assessment delivered by four of the most respected officers in the Army—including Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, his service’s leading intellectual. The claim is the prevailing view among senior Army officers, who fear that Army readiness and modernization programs are being weakened by successive cuts to the U.S. defense budget.
But not everyone was buying it.
‘This is the “Chicken-Little, sky-is-falling” set in the Army’, the senior Pentagon officer said. ‘These guys want us to believe the Russians are 10 feet tall. There’s a simpler explanation: The Army is looking for a purpose, and a bigger chunk of the budget. And the best way to get that is to paint the Russians as being able to land in our rear and on both of our flanks at the same time. What a crock’.”
The controversy has been growing for months.  An April 8 opinion piece by retired USAF Lt. Gen. David Deptula and Doug Birkey took on McMaster, criticizing him for essentially portraying the Army as alone on the battlefield.  In fact, they argue, it would fight as part of a joint force, and thus its weaknesses would be compensated for.
The argument in the Politico “Russia” article grounds its argument opposing McMaster’s call for more troops on the supposition that the American army is more than adequate to beat Russia.  May be.  The article fails to countenance what could happen if we had to fight a Russian war or proxy war and North Korea decided it was an opportune time to attack south.  Or if, while we’re tied up (still) in Southwest Asia and war erupted between India and Pakistan (as Brookings scholar Michael O’Hanlon has suggested might be a real possibility).  And North Korea . . . you get the point.
Then the U.S. Army would not be adequately manned (no matter how many joint force F-35s are or are not operational to support it).  The Army’s leadership has essentially said exactly that.  The number of Army troops – regular, reserve and National Guard – funded in the present defense budget (980,000) is a minimal number, according to the Army’s chiefs, and they are not comfortable with that number.  The National Commission on the Future of the Army agreed with 980K.  That agreement, however, is itself troubling: the commission has admitted, albeit sheepishly, that it arrived at 980,000 because the Army Chief of Staff said 980,000.  The commission avoided gainsaying the new chief and adopted his number, which of course is the administration’s number. 
McMaster, make no mistake, is also calling for increased technological advancements and a potent, modernized joint force.  Technology has long – but now to a decreasing degree – been a potent but not infallible American advantage.  In singling out his call for increased troop strength as invalidated by a compensating joint force, the general’s detractors “misunderestimate” the vulnerabilities and limitations of high-tech supporting systems in the dirty environment we’ll likely encounter.  They ignore the lesson of centuries of war: primarily that ground is the objective of conflict (it’s where folks live) and it takes troops to gain and hold it. 
What is playing out – and it’ll have a big impact on the RC – is a fight between those who understand that and those who choose to think that this time it’ll be different . . .

Air Force Update

Election Do’s and Don’ts

What you can do is vote but beyond that there are a list of other things you need to remember.  DoD provides political guidance on how to properly separate what you can do on military status versus what you can do when you hang the uniform up at the end of the day.  The impact of social media in our lives has grown over the years and DoD covers your political involvement with these platforms.  If what you want to do is not on the list then remember these simple rules:
  • Don’t use government resources (i.e. computer, phone).
  • Refrain from political activities during duty hours.
  • Don’t represent yourself in uniform or as a military member.

Audit:Air Force making limited progress in expanding role for reserves

By Barrie Barber- Staff Writer
Dayton Daily News, Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Nearly three years since a federal commission toured Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, a federal watchdog agency says the Air Force has made “limited progress” to put in place dozens of recommendations the panel urged the military service to undertake, many of which focused on an expanded role for reserve forces. Read more at Dayton Daily News Online

Navy Update

Fleet of the Future

The Navy is working on a 30-year plan that will shape the fleet of the future and they expect to share the results with Congress this summer instead of by 1 April as expected.  The Navy will then use the studies to update their Report to Congress [on] Navy Combatant Vessel Force Structure Requirement assessment by September 2016.

Reserve Component to Full Time Support - Indefinite Recall Opportunities

The Navy Full Time Support (FTS) community has quotas for Reserve Component to Full Time Support (RC to FTS) transition for qualified Sailors an opportunity to resume or begin a career in the FTS community.  The following rating quotas are available (as of 2 May 2016):  AME , AE, AT, AWF, BM, DC, EM, ET, HM, LS, PS, and YN.
RC to FTS opportunities are available at  The point of contact is: Mr. Raymond Stewart (RC to AC Coordinator) e-mail

Fair Winds and Following Seas

Capt. James F. Hannagan, 84, passed peacefully from this earth May 8 in Thousand Oaks, California. James was the loving husband of Delores Jean Hannagan for 50 years until her passage in 2014.  Captain Hannagan was a devoted patriot, having served his country from his days in the Naval ROTC program at the University of Illinois until death.
Captain Hannagan served on active duty aboard destroyers during and after the Korean War. During his service with the United States Navy, he commanded ten different units in Michigan, New Jersey, and New York.  A surface warfare officer qualified for command afloat and ashore, he served on the National Naval Reserve Policy Board and in NATO, Military Sealift and Joint Services exercises.
Captain Hannagan, a lifelong member of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, rose through the association’s ranks and was elected its president, serving in that position from 1991-1992.  He subsequently represented the U.S. at Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) meetings in Brussels and Rome.
Prophetically, upon his election to ROA’s presidency in 1991, with Operation Desert Storm just concluded, he said, “Reserves will continue to provide an important cost-effective part of our national security as the U.S. strives to maximize Total Force capability with a smaller active military. . . .  The role of reserve forces may well need to expand to maximize Total Force capability within existing fiscal and active force manpower constraints.”

Captain Hannagan is survived by his three loving sons, David Hannagan, Michael (Rosiley) Hannagan, and Richard Hannagan; grandchildren, Alyssa, Maya, and Alaina Hannagan. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Delores Hannagan.

The burial of this fine and beloved ROA shipmate will be in Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Captain Hannagan’s memory to The Mastocytosis Society:

ROA Family,
It is with a very heavy heart that I share the news that our beloved friend and past national president has passed away. Captain Hannagan was always so kind to all those around him. He loved ROA very much and was very generous with both time and money. Over the years, he served on the Board of Trustees, Endowment committee, Executive Committee and was the Michigan Department's national council liaison. He was national president 1991-1992.  He will truly be missed.
ROA National Staff
Jim was a true mentor and friend, a beloved husband and father, a selfless leader and patriot, a steadfast shipmate.  He never missed an opportunity to encourage, enlighten or enliven those around him.  While he was passionate about many things, he was dedicated to ROA to the end, capping his legendary ROA career with resolute and sage advice as Chair of the Endowment Committee.  With thoughts and prayers for his family, sorrow in our hearts, and thanks for his humanity, here’s wishing Captain James Hannagan, USNR, Retired, Fair Winds and Following Seas.
Col. James R. Sweeney II, USMC (Ret.)
ROA President, 2015-Present
I want to express my sincere condolences to the members of the Hannagan family on the passing of a wonderful father, family man and a true patriot for our country.  Jim was completely dedicated to the mission of ROA in support of a strong defense force for our nation. He was an outstanding leader in the active Naval Reserve for over 3 decades and he provided outstanding leadership for the Reserve Officers Association for over 4 decades.  He gave of his time and treasure to assist ROA in becoming the premier organization on Capitol Hill to insure our reserve forces were properly considered in all budget deliberations by congress. Jim knew the importance of the "citizen-soldier" to our nation. I will keep Jim and his wonderful family in my prayers on a daily basis.”
Capt. Michael E. Nolan, USN (Ret.)
ROA President, 1994-1995
Captain Jim Hannagan has been a "pillar" of ROA's Navy section.
He's always been a strong leader throughout his Naval Reserve career and as a longtime member of ROA.  Clearly, Jim has been a "mentor" to me and others.  We will certainly miss his guidance and contributions.  It has been an honor to call him a friend. May he rest in peace.
Capt. Michael P. Smith USN (Ret.)
ROA President 2006-2007
Jim was a great man and terrific supporter of ROA in every aspect.  For many of us he was a wonderful mentor.  He will be sadly missed.  May he rest in peace.
Col. Robert A. Nester, USAF (Ret.)
ROA President, 2004-2005
Jim was a true gentleman, a patriot, a friend, generous and kind to everyone he met. We will all miss him.  
RADM Paul T. Kayye, USNR, (Ret.)
ROA President, 2010-2011
Oh No!  So sad.  … Always respected him.
Col. Walker M. Williams, USAF (Ret.)
Former ROA Deputy Executive Director
ROA President, 2011-2013
As a fellow Past President and Michigander Jim was a ROA role model and mentor for me. His selfless service to ROA is unmeasurable but truly noted. He will be missed and I am honored to have been around him.
Maj. Gen. Robert W. Smith III, USA (Ret.)
ROA President, 2005-2006
Great Guy for sure and dedicated ROAer.
Col. Charles L. Holsworth, USAF (Ret.)
ROA President, 2001-2002
I will miss Jim a great deal.  He was a gentleman and always kind to me.  ROA lost a wonderful supporter.
Col. John R. Hauschild, USA (Ret.)
ROA President, 1999-2000
No modern ROA member has demonstrated more continued dedication and service to our organization and its members than the late Jim Hannagan! While some think of Jim and I as rivals, we were actually colleagues, friends, Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity brothers and often partners. Moreover, Jim was a proven leader in ROA when I first joined as a rookie. He also commanded more Naval Reserve units successfully than anyone I knew.
     Jim did much to help me and every other member of our association he ever met, and many others;  Jim will really be missed!  And few, if any, have faced the heavy personal events of his last decade with brighter spirits!
     I can only summarize Jim Hannagan in Kipling's immortal words: "You're a better man than I am, Gunga  Din."
Capt. David L. Woods, USNR (Ret.)
ROA President 1985-1986

ROA Makes Headway For The Navy’s #1 Reserve Equipping Priority

The Navy is coming to the end of its ability to recapitalize the legacy C-20G aircraft with C-40A Clipper – a cargo-passenger variant 737-700. 

Although the wartime requirement is 23 aircraft, the Navy has identified an inventory objective of only 17 aircraft as presenting the maximum amount of risk they can accept.  They have only purchased 15 aircraft to date – and the line for the 737-700 C-40A is closing in the next couple of years.

In short – if these aircraft do not get purchased, then the likelihood is that the last two C-20G aircraft will be sent to the desert and not replaced – which means the Hawaii based VR-51 squadron would be disestablished when their C-20G aircraft run out of viable service life (these aircraft are already operating at almost 150% of planned service life).

But – some initial good news! 

Thanks in large part to ROA and Boeing working together on the Hill, Congress has added the final two C-40A aircraft to the FY2017 NDAA!! 

We still need YOUR help – we must get this across the appropriations goal line as well!! 
For more information please see page 35 of the ROA Legislative Agenda ….and then call your Representatives and Senators and tell them to prevent the loss of this essential capability!

Navy Grows Strategic Capability In Reserve Component

Remember a couple years back when the aircraft carrier USS GEORGE WASHINGTON missed a deployment? (even though she deployed late, it was a miss of a planned deployment).

The use of trade space is common in times of fiscal constraint – and the tighter the belt, the more dramatic the trades.  This dynamic combined with the loss of artisans when sequestration first hit the books is the cause of the Navy’s huge backlog in ship maintenance.  
Well, enter the RC on a white horse! 

The Navy just stood up its 72nd “SurgeMain” unit, led by LCDR Shashank Divekar and UCCM Don Rumback.

Since 2006 the Navy has been building a strategic capability in their Reserve Component that continues to be highly valued for the capability it brings to bear.  SurgeMain – short for “surge of maintenance capability” – utilizes Reserve Sailors with civilian and/or military trade skills necessary to perform shipyard tasks.  These Sailors work alongside civilian counterparts and offer expertise and manpower, as well as leadership. 

If you are interested in joining this part-time, flexible maintenance workforce you can find more info on the SELRESSURGEMAIN page at

Coast Guard Update

The FY 2016 and 2017 authorization bill for the Coast Guard became Public Law 114-120 on 8 Feb 2016.  Section 2702(3)(A) and (B) provided $140,016,000 for 2016 and 2017 for the Coast Guard Reserve program, including operations and maintenance of the program, personnel and training costs, equipment, and services.  The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 (H.R. 4909) significantly lowered the 2017 amount to $134,237,000.

CALL TO ACTION:  Contact Representative Duncan Hunter at 202-225-5672 and tell him to submit an amendment striking 3504(d)(1)(B) from H.R. 4909, as Chairman of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Subcommittee.  This would reinstate the authorization for the Coast Guard Reserve to receive $140,016,000 in 2017.

ROA Congratulates Petty Officer 1st Class Wilton S. Terry USCGR (Now Chief Petty Officer Terry!!)

Petty Officer Terry was selected from 7000+ members as the Coast Guard Reserve Enlisted Person of the Year in recognition of his superior performance and leadership.  In recognition of his dedication, hard work, and leadership, the Reserve Officers Association presented Terry with a free 5-year membership. 
Job well-done Shipmate!!

Military Families

Presidential Proclamation -- Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2016

On 5 May 2016 the President designated that day to be Military Spouse Appreciation Day, 2016.  This was part of the First Lady Michelle Obama and the Vice President’s spouse Jill Biden making several television appearances to highlight the efforts of their Joining Forces Initiative to increase the number of jobs available to military members and spouses.  That week also saw the Military Spouse of the Year award go to Natasha Harth of Marine Corps Barracks Washington.  Read about Cara Loken who was selected as the National Guard Spouse of the Year for 2016. 

USAA Online Resources for Military Families

Below are some current articles courtesy of USAA that contain valuable information, videos and online resources. USAA has a wealth of financial education articles on a wide variety of topics at your disposal.

Be Your Own Boss by Way of Military Entrepreneurship
The prospect of starting your own business venture might seem daunting, but look around you and you'll see evidence of people just like you who started with a dream.
Stormy Weather Insurance Claims: Tips from USAA on How to Get Help
When the weather forecast calls for heavy rains, strong winds and flooding, it's important to know what to do if your home or car gets damaged.
5 Things to Know About Flood Insurance
Here are five things you should understand about flood insurance as you look to protect your wallet and your property.
5 Ways to Save When Planning Your Wedding
Planning a wedding may feel like walking a budget tightrope. Even the most low-key celebrations involve an overwhelming number of details, and the costs can add up quickly.
Tips for Surviving Life's Financial Curveballs
It is possible to rebound from financial setbacks. By making informed moves now, you may be able to get back into the swing of things sooner than you think.
3 Things Military Spouses Learn About Making New Friends Fast
Being a military spouse can sometimes make it difficult to find the people you want to befriend. Here's what I've learned along the way.

The USAA Member Community serves as the place for members to seek/give advice and tips around items that are most important in their lives.

CIOR Language Academy

ROA is the US member of CIOR, the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers. The CIOR Language Academy provides English and French language training to reserve officers of NATO countries and other friendly nations.  The 2016 course will run from 18 to 29 July at the Police and Border Guard College, Muraste, Estonia.  Muraste is located on the Gulf of Finland just 20 km west of Tallinn. A fee of 380 euros covers food, lodging, and airport transportation. Since 2000, these courses in the two official NATO languages have been staffed primarily by reserve officers. 
You can participate in two ways:

1.  As a French student.

Students may take examinations to assess their proficiency in accordance with NATO's STANAG 6001. The levels for each skill are: 0 (no
proficiency), 1 (survival), 2 (functional), 3 (professional), 4 (expert), and 5 (highly-articulate native).  CLA is designed for students at levels 1, 2, and 3.  A student at the "0" level is unlikely to make much progress in such a short course, but, above that, an intensive course like this can result in improved skills in listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Even one year of high school French or Spanish may be a sufficient foundation for real progress. 

2.  As an English instructor.

Thanks to an anticipated expansion of student load, there is a renewed need for English language instructors. Certification in ESL is not required. Preferred applicants will have a background in teaching. A variety of disciplines is desirable. This work can be very satisfying. If you have an upcoming European study trip, this may fit in well with your summer plans.
For further information contact CAPT David Epstein, USN (Ret), Director at (650)787-0500 (PDT) or


U.S.S. Wilhoite (DE/DER-397)
September 12-15, 2016
Crowne Plaza at the Airport
2829 Williams Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
Contact: Elisabeth Kimball
236 Linker Mountain Road, Dover, AR 72837
U.S. Navy Ship USS Perkins (DD26, DD377, DDR877) 26th Annual Reunion
September 14 - 17, 2016, San Pedro CA
Contact: George H. Melgarejo
1280 West 2nd Street, San Pedro, CA 90732
Phone: 310-831-5417
The biannual reunion of the USS Turner Joy, DD-951, will take place 21-25 September 2016 at the Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Convention Center.  The hotel is located at 5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
Details and registration information can be obtained at the USS Turner Joy website:

Richard D. Haight
USS Turner Joy DD-951
Reunion Coordinator
12359 Cold Stream Guard Ct.
Bristow, Va. 20136
USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31) Ship Company and Air Group & USS Bon Homme Richard (LHD-6)
August 31-September 4, 2016, Nashville , TN
Contact: Ray King
3030 Old Orchard Rd., Eau Claire, WI 54703
Phone: 715-456-5933
U.S.S. John R. Craig (DD-885)
September 20-25, 2016
Holiday Inn, Nashville Airport
Nashville, Tenn.
Contact: Jerry Chwalek
9307 Louisiana Street, Livonia, MI 48185

Reunion Date:
UPT Class 67C

October 28-30, 2016
Mesa, AZ   
Contact Jerry Engles for further information:
USS Elokomin AO-55
Sep 22-25, 2017
Lisle (Chicago), IL

Contact: Ron Finet
Phone: 262-742-4269

Law Reviews:

Legal analysis on the issues impacting your life in and out of uniform

Former Service Member’s Law Center director, retired USNR Capt. Sam Wright, provides periodic law review updates.  Please see ROA’s Law Center webpage for more information on service members’ law.
  • No. 16037 Affirmative Defenses under USERRA
  • No. 16038 Pension Rights in a Defined Contribution Plan
  • No. 16039 Opportunity To Telecommute Is a Benefit of Employment Protected by USERRA
  • No. 16040 Buying Federal Civil Service Retirement Credit for Years Spent at a Service Academy, Even if you are a Military Retiree
  • No. 16041 Unconstitutional To Deny Hazlewood Act Educational Benefits to Veterans Based on Residence outside Texas when they Enlisted
  • No. 16042 Illinois Law Protects Post-Secondary Students Called to the Colors
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