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ReserveVoice: August 30, 2016

Legislative Update

Indiana and South Carolina undergo, praise
Operation Red Hat grassroots training

Dept. of Indiana members at Red Hat training, Aug. 16. Jack Bonner in foreground, in blue; ROA President Sweeney wearing his red hat.

ROA’s Prudential Insurance-funded Operation Red Hat training has now concluded in the association’s Department of Indiana and South Carolina’s Chapter 9 (Greenville).
“We now have a trained and ready force that is capable of respectful discourse with our congressional and state legislative representatives,” reported Dept. of Indiana President John A Topper, who is also a U.S. Army Reserve Ambassador. READ MORE >

ROA’s 2016 National Convention is right around the corner!

Register at:
Confirmed speaker:
Assistant Secretary of Defense for Manpower & Reserve Affairs Todd Weiler
See you in Reno!

Army Update

U.S. Army Battles Zika

Thanks to Jonelle Kimbrough Office of the Chief, Army Reserve, for the following abridged story related to the USAR and controlling the Zika virus.
Do you know Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus? The Directorate of Public Works at Fort Buchanan, Puerto Rico, knows these fellows all too well. They are mosquitoes, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), they are responsible for the illnesses that are creating major public health concerns in the Caribbean Islands, Central America and South America. With its bounty of natural beauty and rich heritage, Puerto Rico is a paradise, but the concentrated population and lush environment on the island create a fertile environment for the proliferation of the Zika virus.
According to Victor Rodriguez-Cruz, an environmental protection specialist at Fort Buchanan, the Aedes mosquitoes have a preference for habitats around urban settings, which tend to have many standing pools of water for breeding. READ MORE >

Army Dominates Armed Forces Rugby Championship

U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Setu T. Lepou, combat engineer, 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 9th Mission Support Command, received a gold medal after the All-Army rugby team won the 2016 U.S. Armed Forces Rugby Sevens Championship, Infinity Park, Glendale, Colo., Aug. 27. Lepou and his fellow Soldier athlete team members, Maj. Nate Conkey, Cpt. Andrew Locke, Sgt. Mattie Tago, Sgt. Anthony Welmers, 1st Lt. Will Holder, Sgt. Faleniko Spino, Cpt. Dave Geib, Sgt. Gerald Saafi, Spc. Mike Melendez, Pfc. Solomone Kepa, and Spc. Rocco Mauer, battled their way to the top against other Soldier athlete teams from the Air Force, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy during the two-day Armed Forces division of the 2016 Service Rugby Town Sevens tournament. All-Army dominated with a 55-5 victory over the All-Air Force team, naming them champions for a fourth consecutive year.
Thanks to Staff Sgt. Chanelcherie DeMello 303rd Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Glendale, Colorado, for this story about ARMY BEATS NAVY, and Air Force, and Marines, and Coast Guard.  It may not have been football – but it was in a rugged sport! 

Sea Services Update

Navy Reserve

Officer photographs – gone, back, and kinda gone again….

Navy Personnel Command (NPC) has issued a policy change wherein the full-length officer photo will remain a requirement, but will no longer be used during selection boards. They will still be used as a means to determine fit for special assignments such as embassy duty, but in “The Tanks” at NPC the only thing available will be written documentation of an officer’s performance.  See the NavyTimes article for more info.

Aviation plan suggests Navy Reserve ASW gap

ROA’s Naval Services director, retired USNR CAPT Brett Korade, engaged Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Naval Air Forces; Commander, Naval Air Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet at an August 18 CSIS presentation on the future of naval aviation.
Korade asked the “Air Boss” about P-8A Poseidon recapitalization for the USNR. While Shoemaker was clear regarding his intentions, he was less so regarding the implications of the Navy plan, which is to keep the two Navy Reserve squadrons flying P3 Orions
However, sustainment for the old P3 will only last until 2021. At that point, presuming the P8 is still not available to the Reserves, those two squadrons will shut down as the P3 is retired.
According to Korade, “The net strategic result will be a complete loss of all reserve anti-submarine warfare capacity, further exacerbating the existing capacity gap between the Navy fleet and combatant commander requirements.  And a complete loss of all ability to retain ASW corporate knowledge beyond the active component life cycle of an aviator. Retention of corporate knowledge is something the reserve component is known for.”  
“With China on the rise and showing no signs of pushing back from their forward leaning and aggressive posture (they recently conducted an out-of-area deployment with a nuclear capable sub to the US west coast), anti-submarine warfare will be a concern in the Pacific theater for the foreseeable future,” Korade predicts.   See Captain Korade’s report.

Marine Corps Reserve

On August 29 of this year, the Marine Corps Reserve celebrates its 100th year of existence. From World War I through the Global War on Terrorism, the Marine Corps Reserve has played an essential role in the Marine Corps Total Force by augmenting and reinforcing the Active Component across the full range of military operations. For 100 years, the Marine Corps has served as our nation’s premier force in readiness, due in large part to the steadfast performance of the men and women of the Reserve Component.  See more at

Coast Guard Reserve

The U.S. Coast Guard celebrated 226 years of service on August 4. William H. Thiesen, Coast Guard Atlantic Area Historian, tells how U.S. Coast Guard became a military service. Read More at

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps is one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.   Provide officers technically competent to assume positions of leadership and command in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Department of Commerce (DOC) programs and in the Armed Forces during times of war or national emergency.  Much of what these leaders are involved in goes unnoticed.  But when there is a disaster such as currently continuing to unfold in Louisianna, you can be assured NOAA is engaged:  Read More at

Air Force Update

First Air Force reservist assumes role as
U.S. Air Force assistant vice chief

Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris received her new rank during a promotion ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md., August 26. Former Women Airforce Service Pilot Pauline Cutler-White and retired Col. Charles McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, helped pin on the new rank.
Harris is a command pilot with more than 2,500 hours in the C-130H Hercules, KC-135R Stratotanker, C-141B/C, T-38 Talon and T-37.  She is the Air Force's first black female lieutenant general. She is also the first reservist to fill the position of the assistant vice chief of staff and director of the air staff.
Gen. Darren W. McDew, the U.S. Transportation Command commander, watches as former Women Airforce Service Pilot Pauline Cutler-White and retired Col. Charles McGee, one of the original Tuskegee Airmen, pin new rank on Lt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris during her promotion ceremony Aug. 26, 2016, at Joint Base Andrews, Md. Harris became the Air Force's first black female lieutenant general, and also the first reservist to fill the position of the assistant vice chief of staff and director of the air staff. (U.S. Air Force photo/Andy Morataya)


A fragile esteem

With the public increasingly susceptible to government messaging that the war is essentially over, popular support for our men and women in uniform – which has been at historic highs – is at risk: ours is a society of attention deficit, worsened by the blitz of technology-enabled impressions.  Abetting the misperception that, for all intents and purposes, our military is out of combat, each instance of military misbehavior, no matter that it does not represent the vast majority of service members, nor our military ethos, is a digital PR depth charge exploding against the hull of our reputation, weakening it that much more. 
Already, the distorted, exaggerated, and misunderstood emotional effect of war is evident: in a recent DoD Joint Advertising, Market Research and Studies program report, 67 percent of millennials surveyed believe military service would likely lead to psychological or emotional problems. Notwithstanding the categorical importance of recognizing , treating, and preventing behavioral health problems, is this really an unexpected outcome of simplistic media reporting on “PTSD” and splashy news coverage – nearly always superficial and light on context – given to aberrant behavior of a veteran?
The last thing our community needs is the sort of behavior reported in this news article . . .  READ MORE AT DAILYMAIL


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 Flyer or visit us online.

CIOR LANGUAGE ACADEMY: Ready on the Right, Ready on the Left, Ready on the Firing Line!

For the past three months an article has appeared in this space to announce recruitment for the upcoming CIOR Language Academy to be conducted in Muraste, Estonia in July.  From ROA members we were looking for French language students and English as a Foreign language teachers.  Calls came in for both these roles, plus those expressing a general interest in CIOR. 
The enrollment deadlines are imminent. Recruitment for this 16th iteration of the CIOR Language Academy is the most successful in years. We expect to have over 70 students and 14 faculty and staff members. The US will contribute eight French students and six faculty and staff. Other important national groups of students include Albania, Estonia, Georgia, Poland, and Ukraine.
Watch this space next year for announcements regarding CLA 2017.  For further information contact CAPT David Epstein, USN(Ret), Director at (650)787-0500 (PDT) or


6th Army Reunion

Commemorating WWII's Forgotten D-Day and Forgotten Campaign led by the War's Forgotten General
, The 6th Army Group in France, Germany, and Austria
 Hosted by Outpost International, Society of the 3rd Infantry Division
When:     15-17 September 2016 (Thursday to Saturday)

Where:   American Legion Post 176, 6520 Amherst Avenue, Springfield, Virginia 22150

MORE INFORMATION > (pdf flyer)

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   Telephone: 479-968-1236/479-280-2776

USS Waldron DD-699

April 27-May 1, 2017,
Doubletree by Hilton at the Houston Hobby Airport
8181 Airport Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77061
Contact: Ron Wells,  Phone: 512-282-4507

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

USS Turner Joy, DD-951 Biannual Reunion

21-25 September 2016
Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Hotel & Convention Center. 
5655 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462
Richard D. Haight, Reunion Coordinator - 
12359 Cold Stream Guard Ct., Bristow, Va. 20136
Details/info at the USS Turner Joy website:

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

25th Anniversary Reunion: Desert Storm/Provide Comfort Civil Affairs veterans

24 September 2016 - 1600 – 2000 hrs
The Club at Andrews, 1889 Arnold Ave, Joint Base Andrews, MD
Co-Chair: COL (Ret) George Padar:
Co-Chair/Treasurer: LTC (Ret) F.R. (Frenchie) Verrier:
Publicity Chair: COL (Ret) Lilia (Lee) Vannett,
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Reunion Flyer (pdf) or email one of the POCs

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

UPT Class 67C

Date: October 28-30, 2016
Location: Mesa, AZ   
Contact: Jerry Engles for further information:

USS Voge (DE/FF-1047) Reunion

5-9 October 2016
Warwick RI
Reservations: call MRP at 817-251-3551or go
Reservation deadline:  24 August 2016
Contact: Tom Anderson/501-259-1369 or Jan Harris/
For additional Info 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. 16077 USERRA Gives you the Right to Time off from your Federal Civilian Job for Inactive Duty Training on a Weekday
  • No. 16078 USERRA, the Escalator Principle, and the Lack of a Present Vacancy at the Appropriate Level
  • No. 16079 DOJ Sues UAL for Violating USERRA’s “Furlough or Leave of Absence” Clause
  • No. 16080 Referring a USERRA Case from DOL to DOJ
  • No. 16081 Rhode Island Supreme Court Decision on USERRA
  • No. 16082 Vote in 2016, and Apply for your Ballot Today
  • No. 16083 Yes you Can Register To Vote where you Are Stationed, But you May not Want To
  • No. 16084 Paid and Unpaid Military Leave for Reserve Component Members in Vermont
  • No. 16085 ROA Files Amicus Brief Supporting Military Voting Rights
Visit the Service Members Law Center
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