Corrected copy: we caught a mistake in the story about Lt. Gen. Tally being the only Reserve Chief who is dual-hatted.
View in your web browser.
ReserveVoice: May 30, 2016

Legislative Update

Selective Service Resolution Radio Interview

ROA Legislative Director, Susan Lukas, was recently interviewed on The DeMaio Report, San Diego KOGO-AM.  A link of the interview is provided and if you don’t want to listen to the entire program, the ROA interview starts around the 7:00 minute mark. View at KOGO-AM

2017 NDAA

The House Armed Services Committee passed HR 4909, the Fiscal Year 2017 NDAA and now the Senate is working on their version of the NDAA as S. 2943.  Senate amendments are being filed for floor votes right before they go on recess for Memorial Day Weekend until 7 June 2016.
An amendment is expected from Senator Murkowski to remove changes to the housing allowance that would reduce payments to married military members and shared rentals.  Additionally there are 31 senators supporting an amendment to stop efforts to private the commissary until a study is completed.  Finally, ROA is working to have an amendment filed on SBP-IDT that would ensure Guard and Reserve family members are paid at a rate equal to active duty.
End Strength
The House and Senate versions of the NDAA agreed with the President’s Budget for requested end strength except for the Selected Reserve.  Note column HR 4909 increased end strength for the Army National Guard and Army Reserve.

Army National Guard, 30,155
Army Reserve, 16,261
Navy Reserve, 9,955
Marine Corps Reserve, 2,261
Air National Guard, 14,764
Air Force Reserve, 2,955
Army National Guard, 25,507
Army Reserve, 7,570
Air National Guard, 22,103
Air Force Reserve, 10,061
Army National Guard, 1,600
Air National Guard, 350
Army Reserve, 420
Air Force Reserve, 90
Army National Guard, 17,000
Army Reserve, 13,000
Navy Reserve, 6,200
Marine Corps Reserve, 3,000
Air National Guard, 16,000
Air Force Reserve, 14,000

Army Update

Army Reserve Chief Talley Retiring

After four years as the leader of the Army Reserve Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Talley will relinquish his duties on 1 June.  General Talley is dual-hatted as the Commander of the United States Army Reserve Command (USARC) and also as the Chief of the Army Reserve (CAR).   Being dual-hatted has enabled him, and the Army Reserve, to function in a most efficient and effective manner over the years.
       It is expected that Maj. Gen. David Conboy, the current Deputy Commanding General for Operation (DCGO) will become the Acting CG for the USARC.
       It is expected that Maj. Gen. Michael Smith, the current Deputy Chief of the Army Reserve (DCAR) will become the Acting CAR.
       It is uncertain when Lt. Gen. Talley's replacement will be confirmed by the Senate. Maj. Gen. Charles D. Luckey has been nominated for the position.
       General Talley’s insightful leadership of the Army Reserve was notable for his development of the USAR’s support of Army Regionally Aligned Forces and his energetic development of the Private Public Partnership Initiative (P3i) that offered bilateral benefits to the private sector and the military.
       We thank General Talley and his family for their dedicated service to our Army Reserve, the Army we support, and our nation; and we wish them all the best from ROA.

Secretary of the Army Confirmed

There are other major leadership changes related to the Army.  Eric Fanning was confirmed May 17 as the new Secretary of the Army.   Previously, he served with distinction in other major roles in the Pentagon, including deputy undersecretary and deputy chief management officer for the Department of the Navy, deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, Under Secretary of the Air Force, and Acting Secretary of the Air Force.

AUSA  and Army Historical Foundation Leadership Changes

And a great friend of ROA will be leaving next month as the President and CEO of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA).    Gen. Gordon Sullivan has led AUSA for 18 years.   Gen. Carter Ham, who recently served as chairman of the National Commission on the Future of the Army, will replace General Sullivan, who served as the 32nd Chief of Staff of the Army until 1992.  General Sullivan, considered by many to be one of the Army’s most visionary leaders of the post-Cold War period, has been a friend and supporter of the Army Reserve and ROA.  General Sullivan will continue his service to the Army as the chairman of the Army Historical Foundation, the entity managing the creation of the National Museum of the U.S. Army that will be located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia.

TX Guard Spec Ops Unit and Officer Recognized at State Convention

American Legion Post 597, Dallas, Texas
Reserve Officers Association’s Department of Texas recognized the Special Operations Detachment –Africa (Airborne) as the Unit of the Year (small unit category).  This prestigious award selected the SOD-A amongst all Army Reserve Component units in the State of Texas.  Major David Trent and CPT Christopher Espe accepted the award on behalf of the SOD-A.  An additional honor was bestowed to the unit when Captain Espe was honored as the ROA Department of Texas Junior Officer of the Year.   
The Special Operations Detachment – Africa (Airborne) is a unit in the Texas Army National Guard, responsible for conducting expeditionary command and control of joint and combined special operations in support of Special Operations Command – Africa.  In addition, the SOD-A conducts sensitive interagency liaison missions in support of State and Federal Homeland Security Operations.
The Soldiers of the SOD-A played a critical role in the successful support and command and control of over 1,800 military and security personnel from 26 countries and participated in several joint special operations exercises in Africa for the last three years (since unit inception).  . 
Colonel Douglas K. O’Connell, Commander SOD-A, praised the members of the unit for their enduring professionalism and devotion to duty.  He stated “the Citizen-Soldiers of the SOD hail from all corners of our Nation.  They truly represent the best of America.  I am proud to serve with these amazing men and women”    

Captain Christopher Espe, Major David Trent and ROA Executive Director Jeff Phillips. April 16, 2016 American Legion Post 597, Dallas, Texas.

 Rep. Comstock presents ROA executive director Congressional Record statement

Today I presented Major General Jeffrey Phillips (Ret.), a constituent from Leesburg, a Congressional Record statement honoring his service in the United States Army. It was wonderful talking with him about his many sacrifices for our country and after the presentation I was honored to hear him say "A soldier supports and defends the Constitution; it is an honor to receive recognition for a soldier's service from Representative Barbara Comstock, herself a defender of the enduring ideals enshrined in that guarantor of our precious freedoms."

Air Force Update

Outgoing Air Force Reserve Chief briefs Oklahoma ROA at Tinker AFB

On May 14, 2016, Reserve Officers Association, Department of Oklahoma, opened their convention with Lt. Gen. Jackson, giving a presentation on the "Focus for the Future".  Lt. Gen. James "JJ" Jackson is the Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia.  General Jackson explained in his Senate Fiscal Year 2017 Air Force Reserve Posture testimony, the Air Force Reserve needs to develop the force as well as modernize equipment in order to meet future needs.
“Two of the Air Force Reserve’s focus areas are building the future force and developing the team. Both of these endeavors rely on manpower and require a continued focus on the recruitment, retention and development of our Citizen Airmen. The work done through the Total Force Continuum (TFC) has helped identify gaps between warfighter requirements and the available forces.
The Air Force Reserve’s oldest KC-135 entered the fleet in 1958, meaning she is almost 60 years old. Modernization has to be a priority if we want our Air Force to remain combat ready. Proactive funding of modernization projects, even in this fiscally constrained environment, must be one of our top priorities until we can afford to replace aging systems. With some of the oldest airframes in the inventory, modernization and recapitalization are essential to ensure the Air Force Reserve remains viable and relevant in the future.”

'Winning Your Wings II' keeps on winning

Air Force Reserve Command's production "Winning Your Wings II" keeps on winning. This time it's the 2015 Defense Department Visual Information Production Awards, under the Communicators of Excellence Awards umbrella. The video earned the Department of Defense Production of the Year.

      “There’s a reason the U.S. Army Air Forces captures our imagination yet today: these men and women, nearly 100,000 of whom died in the war, fought in a medium – aerial combat – still relatively new and experimental,” said ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, the son of a USAAF C-47 pilot who flew in France and Germany.  “In today’s pressurized ‘comfort’, we cannot imagine what it was like to fly for hours and fight from an unpressurized, freezing airplane devoid of comfort, often devoid of armor, and -- in the case of bombers -- devoid of maneuver.  Once a bombardier took control of the airplane on the bomb run, the pilots could not change course or altitude until the “pickles” had been toggled, no matter how vicious the enemy flak or aerial counterattacks.  No U.S. heavy bomber formation was ever turned away from its target by enemy action.”
       Unlike today’s celebs who seem more likely to act in military roles or write songs praising the military (for which we are appreciative) than actually serve with us, the greats of WWII “joined the ranks.”  Jimmy Stewart, featured in this this fine USAFR adaptation of the original 1942 Winning Your Wings, rose during the war from an army private to a USAAF colonel, commanding the 2nd Combat Bombardment Wing and credited with dozens of combat missions.  Stewart retired from the USAFR as a brigadier general after the war, with two Distinguished Flying Crosses.
       Stewart was in good company; during the 3.5 years from Pearl Harbor to VJ Day, nearly 100 Hollywood celebrities went into harm’s way, among them:
Don Adams Julia Child Audrey Hepburn David Niven
Gene Autry Tony Curtis William Holden Caroll O’Connor
Eddie Albert Kirk Douglas Bob Keeshan Don Rickles
James Arness Douglas Fairbanks Jr George Kennedy Rod Stieger
Ernest Borgnine Henry Fonda Burt Lancaster Eli Wallach
Mel Brooks Clark Gable Steve McQueen James Whitmore

Navy Update

Rep Bridenstine’s (R-1st-OK) Floor Speech for HR 4909, 2017 NDAA

              “Mr. Chair, this defense authorization makes a huge down payment on the readiness of our forces.
               As a combat veteran, I have participated in the inter-deployment training cycles that are getting ready to deploy. I have seen the force regeneration process. I have seen it during good times, and I have seen it during bad times.
               Personally, as a Navy reservist, most recently, I saw a very steep decline in readiness when my squadron got eliminated. The VAW-77, the Nightwolves, got completely eliminated when I was a Navy reservist. We busted about $2 billion worth of cocaine every year on the high seas. Now that cocaine comes into the country, and $2 billion worth of cash funds transnational criminal organizations in northern Mexico and in Central and South America. That is what happens when we have defense cuts the way we have had recently.
               In fact, I will tell you that our remaining forces still face significant shortfalls and disruptions to time-tested training and deployment cycles. The OPTEMPO back home is almost more intense than an overseas deployment, but the resources are simply not available. Pilots are flying the bare minimum flight hours to stay qualified, and our maintainers and our depots can't keep up. As a warfighter, I can attest that this will break our force.
               The important thing about this bill, this defense authorization--and, Mr. Chairman, it is why I am so grateful for your leadership and the bipartisan support that we had from the ranking member, Mr. Smith--is it makes a huge down payment on the readiness that is required to make sure that the force we have remaining is not hollow, which is critically important to the national security of this country.
               I urge my colleagues to support this bill.”

Rep Bridenstine began his Naval aviation career flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.  He flew combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan where he gathered most of his 1,900 flight hours and 333 carrier-arrested landings.  While on active duty, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet and flew at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center.
      After leaving active duty, Bridenstine returned to Tulsa where he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  In 2010 he flew missions in Central and South America for the war on drugs and most recently transitioned to the 137th Air Refueling Wing to fly with an MC-12 squadron at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.


Each year, more than 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S. These students are eight times more likely to end up in prison, and three times more likely to end up unemployed.
       Additionally, there is a wide disparity in student achievement between affluent students and at-risk students, as well as white students and students of color.
       Many school districts, particularly in urban areas, are significantly underfunded and overwhelmed. With class sizes of 25 to 30, teachers understandably have trouble addressing the needs of the most struggling students.
        That’s where SAGA comes in. For more information please view attached SAGA Flyeror visit us online.

Military Families

MILITARY STAR Card Helps Exchange Reduce Costly Fees, Increase Contribution to Military Quality-of-Life Programs

DALLAS – Military shoppers who reach for their MILITARY STAR card at Army & Air Force Exchange Service facilities worldwide are helping to reduce credit-card processing expenses and ultimately improving their military communities.
       During fiscal 2015, bank-issued credit card processing expenses at Exchange facilities cost the military community more than $76 million. When shoppers use their MILITARY STAR cards, however, the Exchange avoids these costly fees – a savings of more than $19 million last year.
       “A significant portion of earnings generated from the MILITARY STAR card is returned to military communities to fund quality-of-life programs,” said Jami Richardson, Exchange Credit Program senior vice president. “Avoiding costly merchant and bank fees allows us to return an even greater amount to the military community.”

Step Forward this Mental Health Awareness Month

If your spouse has the flu, you make soup. If your friend breaks an arm, you offer to help with their chores or errands. When a loved one needs surgery, friends and family will send get well cards and flowers. The same cannot always be said when someone is in emotional pain and takes the important step forward to improve their mental health. Unfortunately, many people in this country don’t recognize the signs and symptoms or realize that effective mental health treatments are available. One of the challenges driving these false perceptions is the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Additionally, fear of how they may be perceived by their loved ones, friends, or colleagues can keep someone from seeking effective treatment.
       Help the Veterans you know Step Forward this month and beyond to connect with resources for leading a healthier life. serves as a reminder to Veterans and their loved ones that mental health support is available and treatment works. The website features hundreds of Veterans’ personal stories of hope and recovery as well as information and a resource locator tool. Visit to discover these stories and learn simple ways you can help Veterans step forward.

If you or a Veteran you are working with are in immediate crisis or having thoughts of suicide, trained responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year with confidential support and guidance. Call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at, or send a text message to 838255.

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





1394th US Army Deployment Control Unit
25 Year Desert Storm Reunion, 17 July 2016
Roark Army Reserve Center, Camp Pendleton, CA
LTC Ken Robinson
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
USS Elokomin AO-55
Sep 22-25, 2017
Lisle (Chicago), IL

Contact: Ron Finet
Phone: 262-742-4269
U.S.S. Walke (DD-723) Association
September 25-30, 2016
Asheville, NC
Reunion Contact: Gene Hansen
PO Box 1695, Cahiers, NC 28717-1695
Phone: 828-883-7231

Reunion Date:
UPT Class 67C

October 28-30, 2016
Mesa, AZ   
Contact Jerry Engles for further information:
USS Voge (DE/FF-1047) Reunion
When:  5-9 October 2016
Where: Warwick RI
Reservation deadline:  24 August 2016
Contact: Tom Anderson/501-259-1369 or
 Jan Harris/
Reservations: call MRP at 817-251-3551
or go
For additional Info please go to Voge Facebook Page or email

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. 16043 You Must Keep Track of your own Five Year Limit
  • No. 16044 The Definitive Reference Book on USERRA
  • No. 16045 Service Members Must Be Given the Opportunity To Vote
  • No. 16046 Good News on VA Compensation and Health Care for Vietnam War Navy Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange
Visit the Service Members Law Center
Reserve Voice is published on the 15th and 30th of each month by the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, the nation’s leading advocate for Reserve Component policy and resourcing, and support of RC service members and their families.

Copyright © 2016 The Reserve Officers Association, All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences