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ReserveVoice: October 9, 2015
Beginning next week, Reserve Voice will be published on the 15th and 30th of each month or the weekday immediately preceding those days. 

Legislative Update

Continuing Resolution

The president signed Public Law 114-53 to fund the government through December 11, 2015, at fiscal year 2015 rates except where specified otherwise.  For example, Congress provided $2,697,734,000 in additional funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs for processing claims and transferred $625,000,000 to continue construction of the Denver medical center.  Deliberation by Congress on a full-year budget will not be completed until after a new Speaker of the House is elected on October 30, 2015.

National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

The House and Senate completed the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act on October 6, 2015, and sent it to President Obama for signature.  The administration’s position has been to veto the bill because of several provisions that do not agree with its position.  ROA sent a letter to the president asking him to support the bill so that pay and benefits can continue for service members and their families.  The Senate voted to send the NDAA to the president.


In the NDAA Congress directed that the A-10 be funded and kept in the inventory while conducting a demonstration of the Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) capability in fiscal year 2016.  Additionally, they authorized funds for operations, training and personnel to support the A-10.

National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account

Congress continued the tradition of providing the Guard and Reserve equipment funds above what was requested in the Department of Defense budget by $420,000,000.  However, the House and Senate appropriations committees funded NGREA substantially over the NDAA authorization by $1,200,000,000 and $1,000,000,000, respectively.
Sgt. Dustin Louden and Sgt. Tiffany Gorges with the first Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) production vehicle from Oshkosh Defense. The vehicle was fielded to the Wisconsin Army National Guard's 1157th Transportation Company in 2011. (Wisconsin National Guard photo by 1st Sgt. Vaughn R. Larson)

ROA this week in the White House and on the Hill!

White House:  ROA’s President Jim Sweeney sent a letter to President Obama asking him to sign the National Defense Authorization Act; that service members and their families are directly affected by the NDAA.  If the bill is vetoed or does not pass, Guard and Reserve members can lose pay and benefits! 

U.S. House:  ROA was the only association to submit a statement to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the Commission on Care, Independent Assessment.

U. S. Senate:  ROA is in the Congressional Record on page S7194 (third column, toward the bottom) as part of Senator McCain's floor speech right before the Senate voted on the National Defense Authorization Act.

The Hill:  ROA was mentioned in an article by The Hill after the Senate passed the National Defense Authorization Act by a vote of 70-27.

Army Update

Military Role in Stability Operations

ROA has a longstanding working relationship with the Association of the United States Army.   AUSA’s president, retired Gen. Gordon Sullivan, former Army chief of staff, has been a keynoter at the ROA annual meeting and we have often co-sponsored or otherwise supported each other’s events.  Recently, ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, participated in a timely conference on the Military Role in Stability Operations sponsored by AUSA.  ROA had facilitated the presence of panelist Maj. Gen. Dan Ammerman, commander of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). In his introduction of the panel, Phillips set the scene by reviewing recent examples of stability operations and introduced the panel of distinguished civilian and military leaders.  He stressed the role of the RC in these operations and their extensive usage since 1989 and mission in Panama.  He noted that among the lessons connected with stability operations over the past two decades, the U.S. Army is the key element of our government capable of conducting these operations.  Phillips also emphasized the need to invest substantial resources into this area to ensure this vital capability for the future.  On November 19, in San Antonio, Texas, ROA is co-sponsoring the Civil Affairs Association symposium on a similar set of topics – please go to our website for details. 

Army Reserve Seminar

Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley, Chief of the Army Reserve, will host an Army Reserve seminar at the upcoming AUSA annual meeting and exposition at the Convention Center in Washington DC.  The AUSA event is a three day function attended by some 20,000 people and includes more than 600 exhibits.  The CAR’s seminar will take place on Tuesday, October 13, from 1000-1130.   The CAR will moderate the program and have as his guests:  Gen. Vincent Brooks (CG USARPAC), Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges (CG USAREUR), Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza (CG I Corps), Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, (CG USARAF), and Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn (CG USARSOUTH).   They will discuss the Army Reserve in the context of supporting the operational Army and Joint Force in their AOs.   The CGs will also talk about how the Army Reserve supports their objectives and integrates with the Total Force.  

Later that same afternoon, Lt. Gen. Talley will join Lt. Gen. Timothy Kadavy, Director of the Army Guard, together with other Active component Army leaders to discuss the new Army Operating Concept: Win in a Complex World.

There is no charge to attend, although you must register and receive a badge to be admitted.

Member Update

The Army Reserve has provided information ROA Departments and Chapters can use when visiting local Congressional members and staff: Army Reserve 2015 Posture Statement and Army Reserve at a Glance.


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


Reunion Date:
12th TFW (MacDill AFB and Vietnam),
12th FEW/SFW (Bergstrom AFB and Korea)
and all their supporting units

April 20-24, 2016
Charleston, SC
E.J. Sherwood or 480-396-4681

Law Reviews:

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

While ROA regretfully eliminated the full-time position of Service Member’s Law Center director, retired USNR Capt. Sam Wright has generously agreed to provide periodic law review updates and assistance on a voluntary basis while ROA develops an alternative SMLC solution.
  • No. 15081 You Must Leave Active Duty and Apply for Reemployment to Obtain Civilian Pension Credit for your Military Service Time
  • No. 15082 You Must Stay within the Five-Year Limit To Obtain Civilian Pension Credit for Military Service Time
  • No. 15083 Yes, You Can Purchase State Public Employee Retirement Credit for Service Academy Time, at Least in California
  • No. 15084 Sometimes You Get Federal Employee Retirement Credit for Military Service, and Sometimes such Credit Is Precluded
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