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ReserveVoice: April 15, 2016

Legislative Update

2017 NDAA Markup Schedule

From ROA’s perspective we know the committee members and professional staff started work even before they received the draft NDAA from the White House.  Now that they have received the draft the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have established a very doable schedule for their mark-up of the National Defense Authorization Act. 
 

House Armed Services Committee

Wednesday, April 20
  • 11:30 AM - Subcommittee on Military Personnel
  • 1:30 PM - Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
  • 3:00 PM - Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
Thursday, April 21
  • 9:30 AM - Subcommittee on Readiness
  • 11:00 AM - Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
  • 12:00 PM - Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Wednesday, April 27
  • 10:00 AM - Full Committee

 

Senate Armed Services Committee

The Senate schedule is still pending but we expect their mark-up of the NDAA to begin 9-12 May 2016 with a goal to complete the bill and send it to the President by the last two weeks of July 2016 before they leave for summer recess.
 

2017 House and Senate Recess Schedule

Over the next 7 months, until Election Day on November 8, the House and Senate will BOTH be in session in Washington D.C. for around 50 to 59 days out of 222 days.  There are a few weeks during this time when either the House or Senate will be the ONLY chamber in Washington, D.C. for work. The remainder of the Congressional member’s time will be spent in their District/State. 
 
May 2-6                 Recess
May 30-Jun 3       Recess (May 30 is Memorial Day)
Jun 27-Jul 4          Recess (Jul 4 is Independence Day)
Jul 18-Sep 5         Summer Recess (Sep 5 is Labor Day)
Oct 3                      Recess
Oct 10-Nov 11       Recess (Oct 10 is Columbus Day and Nov 11 is Veterans Day)
Nov 21-25              Recess (Nov 24 is Thanksgiving)
Dec 19-30              Recess (Dec 26 is a Christmas Federal Holiday)

 

Call for Action

ROA is calling for Chapters and Departments to become active at the local level when Representatives and Senators are on recess back home.
  1. Contact the Congressional member’s district or state office and find out what public events they will be attending.
  2. Have several ROA members attend each event and ask questions or make statements about ROA legislative issues.For example:
  • Right now when a Guard or Reserve member dies in the line of duty while training for their mission, the family receives far less in survivor benefits then active duty members.Do you support paying Guard and Reserve spouses and children the same amount of survivor benefits as active duty for their loss of life?
  • Guard and Reserve servicemembers are performing duty in Iraq and Afghanistan in record numbers but they do not qualify for federal hiring preference like their active duty counterpart.Do you support changing the law from “180 consecutive days” of duty to “180 cumulative days” so Guard and Reserve qualify for the extra 5-points Veteran preference?
  1. Order and wear red baseball hats with the ROA logo so your Chapter/Department is more visible to the Congressional member(s), press and audience.You can order them from LIDS or a local company (see below).
  2. If you don’t have an opportunity to ask questions during public events have your group make an appointment to meet with Congressional staff in their office.Remember to take a copy of the ROA Legislative Summary tri-fold.

ROA Logo Ball Caps

ROA has worked with LIDS to design custom hats with the ROA logo by establishing a volume discount that can be used to purchase hats at your local LIDS store.  To purchase hats at discount your local LIDS shop should call Store #5539 (Pentagon City Mall) and the Pentagon store will e-mail the ROA Digitized File.  Your local LIDS can then make the hats in their store and you will avoid shipping charges and the embroidery will be free. 
 

Co-Sponsors Needed

ROA needs your help in getting co-sponsors from your Representative in support of the following tax bills that will support Guard and Reserve servicemembers.  Please ask your Representative to contact Rep Johnson and Rep Poliquin to support the following bills:

Army Update

National Commission on the Future of the Army
Recommendations Progress

The Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Mark Milley, is expected to make his final recommendations to the secretary of defense this week on the 63 recommendations made by the NCFA at the end of January.   Immediately after the release of the report the CSA created a multi-level review process on each of the recommendations.   At the general officer steering committee (GOSC) level, senior leaders of the USAR and ARNG were included and at other levels numerous other RC personnel from the Army's Reserves provided input.  The result is expected to be support for at least 50 of the recommendations that essentially do not have a cost associated with them.   Some of these can be implemented at the Army level, others by DoD, but still others require legislation.   Of the remaining recommendations that have a cost associated with them, it is expected that most will be favorably reviewed.   The problem is cost -- given the relatively static Army budget for the coming years, bill payers must be found.    
One such bill payer and recommendation related to a proposal by the NCFA to eliminate two Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT).   In testimony by General Milley he indicated his strong reservations about this proposal given the high optempo of these units in the AC, thus, it is expected he will oppose this provision.   Other of the recommendations are already partially being implemented such as multi-compo efforts of various kinds.    With the Regular Army continuing draw-downs from their roughly current strength of 488,00 to 475,000 by the end of this fiscal year, and more cuts after that down to 450,000 by the end of FY18, creative use of the Army Reserves is ever more necessary.


U.S. Army Reserve Celebrates Its 108th Anniversary


Soldiers from the 308th Infantry Regiment (part of the 77th Inf. Div.) and 166th Infantry Regiment (part of the 42nd Inf. Div. {the Rainbow Division}) as they liberate a French town in 1918.

On Saturday, April 23, the U.S. Army Reserve will celebrate 108 years of history in service to the Army and the Nation.  Congress established the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908, the official predecessor of today’s federal reserve force.  Subsequently, using its constitutional authority to “raise and support armies,” through the National Defense Act of 1916, and the sweeping amendment of that law in the National Defense Act of 1920, the federal government created the Organized Reserve Corps.  This organization would last into the 1950s, providing a pool of trained Army Reserve personnel for use in war – a force that continues to serve the Nation with distinction.
 
Today’s Army Reserve is a key complementary operational force of more than 198,000 Citizen Soldiers that provides trained, equipped, and ready soldiers, leaders, and units to meet America’s security requirements at home and abroad.  Since 2001, more than 300,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have been mobilized and routinely deployed in 30 countries around the world, including every major combat zone. 
 
As a community-based force, the Army Reserve provides essential federal capabilities supporting homeland defense and Defense Support of Civil Authorities.  Its current role in the homeland delivers vital capabilities to the lead federal agency in support of state and local authorities in times of natural and man-made disasters.  Citizen Soldiers also share the immeasurable experience and expertise earned while engaged in contingency and security cooperation missions across the globe with private industry and their communities.
 
Through the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, Global War on Terror, and countless other crises, operations, emergencies, and natural disasters, the Army Reserve has never failed to answer our nation’s call.  As it begins its next 108 years of service, its Citizen Soldiers do so as one of the most battle-tested and experienced forces in U.S. history.

Air Force Update

Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II Locations

The Air Force recently announced the locations that will be considered for the first Reserve-led F-35A Lightning II locations
  • Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
  • Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida
  • Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas
  • Whiteman AFB, Missouri

B-52s arrive in Qatar to join bombing campaign against ISIS


B-52s arrive at Al Udeid Air Base (Air Force video)

U.S. Air Force B-52 bombers arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, on Saturday joining Operation Inherent Resolve, the American-led campaign against the Islamic State group.
 
The deployment marks the first time the Air Force will use the Cold War-era warplanes — from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana — in the counter-ISIS fight in Iraq and Syria. The service did not disclose the exact number of bombers it deployed.
 
"The B-52 will provide the coalition continued precision and deliver desired airpower effects,” Lt. Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr., commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command and Combined Forces Air Component, said in a release.
 
“As a multi-role platform, the B-52 offers diverse capabilities, including delivery of precision weapons and the flexibility and endurance needed to support the combatant commander's priorities and strengthen the coalition team."

In March, Air Force officials hinted that the aircraft, affectionately known as the "Big Ugly Fat Fellows," would replace the B-1 Lancers, which returned in January.
 
"There have been recent infrastructure improvements that now allow the necessary support to deploy the B-52 in theater," Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at an Air Force briefing on March 7.
 
Despite being in the Air Force inventory for more than 50 years, BUFFs can drop precision-guided weapons. The aircraft's payload capacity of 70,000 pounds can include gravity bombs, cluster bombs, precision-guided (cruise) missiles and Joint Direct Attack Munitions.
 
The service is focusing on a modernization effort to make sure the B-52s stay flying for years to come, potentially as late as 2040, officials have said.
 
The last time B-52s were in theater, they deployed to Jordan for Exercise Eager Lion, a CENTCOM-led exercise in May 2015, the release said. The aircraft last flew operationally in 2006 during Operation Enduring Freedom; BUFFs were also based in Saudi Arabia supporting Operation Desert Storm.
 
“We’re going to keep the B-52 around. It provides some missions for us that are hard to replicate, primarily the range and payload the airplane provides,” Lt. Gen. James “Mike” Holmes, the deputy chief of staff for strategic plans and requirements, told Air Force Times on Feb. 18.

Intel squadron achieves full operational capability

By Capt. Kristin E. Mack, Headquarters AFRC Public Affairs / Published April 11, 2016
 

A U-28A aircraft taxies in after completing a mission March 31 at Hurlburt Field, Florida. As part of the mission, Staff Sgt. Kyle Cook, a tactical system operator with the 28th Intelligence Squadron, completed his aircraft mission qualification training. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kai White)

 
ROBINS AFB, Ga. -- After only 18 months – 6 months ahead of schedule – the 28th Intelligence Squadron at Hurlburt Field, Florida, achieved full operational capability.
 
The milestone was achieved after Staff Sgt. Kyle Cook performed a check ride as an intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operator in a special operations aircraft March 31. This was the final training requirement the squadron needed to complete to have the trained personnel to achieve FOC status.
 
“It was very gratifying for me individually to know that we finally attained the goal that was set out before us as a squadron, especially since it was years in the making,” Cook said. “I was fortunate enough to be the one in the training cycle that put the squadron over the threshold.”
 
The check ride was Cook’s final evaluation to deem him qualified for his job as a tactical systems operator.
 
“This was a big deal,” he said. “I feel blessed to be able to fly by myself and not have my instructor with me.”
 
The 28th IS is a geographically separated unit that is part of the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. To achieve FOC, the squadron had to reach a high level of mission capability. In addition, the vast majority of the unit’s members had to be ready to deploy, and the squadron had to be fully manned.
 
"The hard work of the Airmen of this squadron led to reaching our FOC goal well before our established deadline," said Lt. Col. Joseph Marcinek, 28th IS commander. "I'm proud of the job they've done so far and will continue to do in this critical mission."
 
To meet these requirements so quickly, Marcinek and his staff focused on recruitment, training, readiness, and integration with the squadron's active-duty associate unit, the 25th IS. In addition, the 28th relied heavily on support from other Air Force Reserve Command intelligence squadrons as well as another Reserve unit at Duke Field – the 919th Special Operations Wing.
 
“I want to thank our customer, the 25th IS, and the 361st Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (at Hurlburt) for being amazing and supportive mission partners,” Marcinek said. “Also, our leadership in the 655 ISRG and Air Force Reserve Command Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Directorate at Robins AFB, Georgia, as well as our other stakeholders and mission partners in the 919th SOW, 1st SOW and Air Force Special Operations Command, for providing superior service and collaboration to get our job done.”
 
The squadron is the first Reserve tactical systems operator squadron. Its mission is to organize and train total force integrated personnel to deliver specialized analysis directly to Air Force special operations forces, provide equipment maintenance and configuration, analysis and dissemination, airborne ISR, and operational support.
 
“The Air Force Reserve is aligning itself to meet the demands of the warriors around the world,” said Col. Douglas Drakeley, the command’s ISR director at Robins AFB and former 655th ISRG commander. “We have the ability to support the nation in a cost-effective way by co-locating with active duty and employing Reservists as the mission arises, in order to meet the strategy for combatant commanders around the world.”
 
The 655 ISRG is growing rapidly right now in order to provide some relief to the stress its active-duty counterparts are experiencing due to back-to-back deployments.
 
“There is an insatiable demand for more ISR personnel by combatant commands,” Drakeley said.
 
The group stood up in October 2012 with 38 people and has grown to include 11 classic associate intelligence squadrons in six states that conduct eight different missions with more than 1,000 people. By next year, the 655th is expected to add three more squadrons that will put them at more than 1,300 people.
 
“The great thing about these jobs, from a Reserve standpoint, is that most of them are here in U.S. operations centers, so our Reservists can do their civilian job during the week and then come to work on the weekend to work missions from here,” Drakeley said. “In nine out of our 11 squadrons, it’s possible for us to do global activities from the U.S. It’s a great role for Reservists.”
 
A sister squadron to the 28th IS, the 49th IS at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, is still working to achieve FOC but hasn’t met its training requirements yet, Drakeley said. He said the squadron is facing a challenge getting people with specialized skillsets qualified on a different airframe, the Rivet-Joint 135. Personnel with experience on this airframe can contact an Air Force Reserve recruiter.

Navy Update

NOAA Research Vessel Now Homeported in Newport

By Mark Schieldrop (Patch Staff) - April 12, 2016
 

Caption: The 209-foot Henry B. Bigelow, a fisheries survey ship, is permanently berthed in Newport. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says it's a victory for RI.

 
NEWPORT, RI—Today marks the first day that the 209-foot research vessel Henry B. Bigelow is officially homeported here in Newport, marking a "victory for the Ocean State," according to U.S. Sen. Jack Reed.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association fisheries research vessel has a primary objective of studying and monitoring Northeast Marine Fisheries throughout New England and has nets that trawl as deep as 6,000 feet.

The Bigelow collects data used for stock assessments that ultimately influences catch limits and fishing quotas as well as help scientists understand changes to the fishery.

Reed said that he has been lobbying for years for the ship to be homeported here in Rhode Island to save taxpayers money.

NOAA officials said that change is based on a study that included another vessel, the Okeanos Explorer, a deep sea exploration ship homeported at Quonset Point at the Port of Davisville in North Kingstown.

NOAA is not currently changing the homeport for Okeanos Explorer but there is a long-term vision of both vessels sharing a new T-pier at NAVSTA Newport. That's the recommendation of a formal federal Analysis of Alternatives for both NOAA ships that measured each vessel's operational requirements and homeport options.

“Rhode Island is a critical hub for oceanographic research and permanently homeporting this vessel in Newport is a smart, cost-effective move that is in the best interests of taxpayers and NOAA researchers,” Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said. "I commend the U.S. Department of Commerce and NOAA for reaching this decision, which I have long advocated, and I will continue working to strengthen collaboration between the federal government and ocean researchers here in Rhode Island.”

Moving the ship to Newport has advantages. Reed said that berthing Bigelow in Newport "will offer the opportunity to cooperate with federal partners" including the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard.

“We’re glad to have a solid plan for the future that reinforces NOAA’s commitment in New England and builds on our strong partnership with the Navy and the Coast Guard,” said NOAA Vice Admiral Michael S. Devany, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations. “The permanent assignment of NOAA ship Henry B. Bigelow to Newport anchors NOAA’s presence in the region and supports our vital science missions in the Northeast.”

The waterfront at Naval Station Newport is an integral part of operations for NOAA and U.S. Coast Guard vessels. Currently, Newport is home to three Coast Guard buoy tenders, CGC Juniper, CGC Willow, and CGC Ida Lewis, as well as the Patrol Boat CGC Tiger Shark. It regularly hosts visiting vessels and supports the important work of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC).

While the Bigelow’s primary goal is to use its acoustic equipment to get an accurate count of fish populations in New England, it has also been used for other important missions. In 2010, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, NOAA deployed the ship to the Gulf of Mexico to help determine if any oil continued to leak from the plugged well, 5,000 feet below the surface, and monitor the undersea environment for any changes.

The Bigelow was built by VT Halter Marine Inc. in Mississippi and launched in 2005.


Navy announces Reserve and FTS E-8 and E-9 selectees

 Staff report April 13, 2016
 
On Wednesday, the Navy released the full list of selectees for senior chief and master chief in the Navy Reserve and Full-Time Support communities. These names are below with the Selected Reserve E-9 and E-8s, followed by FTS.
Congrats to all the selectees!
 
Navy rank insignia. E-8 and E-9. (Photo: John Harman/Staff)

Military Families

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. 
 
 8 Fast Financial Tips for Military Recruits
If you're a new recruit or junior enlisted service member, the military can throw a lot your way in a short time. Here are eight easy ways you can manage your money as a new member of the U.S. military.
 
Do I Need a Financial Planner to Get Ahead?
It's never too late to plan for your financial future, and deciding whether to use a financial planner is one of the choices you'll need to make as you chart your course.
 
4 Ways to Find a Good Renter for Your Home
There are two ways to find a tenant for a rental property: the easy way and the hard way.
 
How to Weatherproof Your Roof
Your roof is often your first line of defense against severe weather. Learn how to maintain it.
 
5 Steps to Protect Your Finances Before You Deploy
Here's a short checklist to help turn your deployment into a long-term financial success story.
 
How Do I Get the Help I Need After Deployment?
Everyone goes through a period of adjustment upon returning home, but you and your loved ones should watch out for these signs that indicate you may need assistance.
 
How to Pay for School the Nontraditional Way
College can represent a financial risk, but here are some places to look for help.

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.

TRICARE’S Nurse Advice Line: the Right Choice for Active Adults

Do you know that more than half of all adults 65 and older have three or more chronic medical problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, or arthritis? Older adults can have multiple health problems and not know whether they need to see a doctor or can administer self-care.  Have you considered TRICARE’s Nurse Advice Line (NAL)?

If you are suffering from a rash, a sinus infection, or perhaps you just have a common cold; there is help! When you call the NAL, a registered nurse will help you assess if you can handle your health concern with self-care or if you need to see a medical professional.

Since its launch, the NAL has been able to increase patient safety and further ensure a positive patient experience. Military Health System (MHS) Patient Centered Medical Home (PCHM) team members can access live NAL information so they are aware of their patients’ situation and can provide follow-up, if needed.

The NAL is a great medical assessment tool that provides access to care, especially after hours and when traveling, which is great for retirees on the move. When you don’t know what kind of care you need, the NAL helps you access the right type of care at the right time. The NAL can also help you find a doctor and schedule next-day appointments at military hospitals and clinics when available.

The NAL is an easy option for beneficiaries to get information on their medical problems quickly and at any time. To access the NAL dial 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) and select option 1. Get more information about the Nurse Advice Line on the TRICARE website.

Air Force Retirees, National Guardsman Win Big in Exchange’s
Your Holiday Bill Is On Us Sweepstakes

Winners, including a Vietnam veteran, have their MILITARY STAR accounts paid in full
 
DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service made wishes come true for three grand-prize winners of the worldwide MILITARY STAR Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes—and for one retiree, the prize was a way of saying “thank  you” for sacrifices made decades ago.
 
Retired Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Jones, retired Air Force Master Sgt. Catherine Lawrence and Texas Army National Guard Sgt. Clayton Anders were grand-prize winners out of 4.7 million entries worldwide. The winners, who bought holiday gifts at the Exchange, all had their MILITARY STAR accounts paid in full.
 
“These three grand-prize winners prove real heroes win our sweepstakes,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “The Exchange is honored to pay it forward to these individuals, and we’re looking forward to bringing this sweepstakes back for 2016.”
  
The MILITARY STAR card is an exclusive line of credit for the military and their families to use at the Exchange—no matter where military members serve. During November and December, shoppers were automatically entered in the Your Holiday Bill Is On Us sweepstakes each time they used their MILITARY STAR card to pay for purchases at any Army or Air Force Exchange location or on shopmyexchange.com. The 2015 holiday season marked the sweepstakes’ second year. Authorized shoppers can learn more about the MILITARY STAR card at www.MyECP.com.
 

Exchange Gives Shoppers Chance to Win Demetrios Bridal Gown

DALLAS – The Army & Air Force Exchange Service will make tying the knot extra special for two lucky couples this summer with the Demetrios Bridal Gown Sweepstakes.
 
Through June 30, brides, grooms and any Exchange shopper can enter for a chance to win one of two Demetrios bridal gowns courtesy of Demetrios Bridal, Asia Pacific and The Exchange.
 
“Almost every bride wants a dress that will take everyone’s breath away with its class, elegance and beauty,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, Exchange senior enlisted advisor. “Now, two lucky winners will have the chance to walk down the aisle in a dress with all that ‘wow’ factor and then some – free of charge.”
 
Authorized shoppers 18 and older may enter the Demetrios Bridal Gown Sweepstakes at http://www.shopmyexchange.com/sweepstakes. No purchase is necessary.

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 davidepstein@sbcglobal.net.

Reunions:

Outfit:


Reunion Date:
Location:
Contacts:
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  ej12tfw@cox.net or 480-396-4681
USS Carpenter, DD 825, Shipmates Assn. Reunion
May 19 – 23, 2016 – Branson, MO
Registration and Activities website
 
Information Contacts
Coy Ritchie: 303-690-5118
Jimmie Kennedy: 714-776-4019
The USS Ticonderoga (CV/CVA/CVS-14, CG-47) reunion will be in Las Vegas, NV, May 19-23, 2016, at the Gold Coast Hotel.

Contact: Floyd Frank: (702) 361-6660 or papacva14@aol.com
U.S.S. Wilhoite (DE/DER-397)
September 12-15, 2016
Crowne Plaza at the Airport
2829 Williams Boulevard, New Orleans, LA
Website: www.usswilhoite.org
Contact: Elisabeth Kimball
236 Linker Mountain Road, Dover, AR 72837
479-968-1236/479-280-2776
canerday@centurytel.net
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
email: melgarejogeorge@yahoo.com
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: http://www.ussturnerjoy.com
 

 
Richard D. Haight
USS Turner Joy DD-951
Reunion Coordinator
12359 Cold Stream Guard Ct.
Bristow, Va. 20136
Rickh20136@verizon.net
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.
Website: www.ussjohnrcraig.com
Contact: Jerry Chwalek
9307 Louisiana Street, Livonia, MI 48185 jermail@ameritech.net
Outfit:

Reunion Date:
Location:
Contacts:
UPT Class 67C

October 28-30, 2016
Mesa, AZ   
Contact Jerry Engles for further information: 
jengles386@gmail.com
USS Elokomin AO-55
Sep 22-25, 2017
Lisle (Chicago), IL


Contact: Ron Finet
Finet@hotmail.com
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. 16021 Does USERRA Give me the Right to Time Off from my Civilian Job for an Interview about Reassignment to a new Guard Unit?
  • No. 16022 What Is Seniority?
  • No. 16023 What Is Status?
  • No. 16024 West Virginia Legislature Enacts Confusing New Law on Veterans’ Preference in Private Sector Employment
  • No. 16025 Airline Employer Must Make Contributions to your Airline Pension Account when you Return from Military Service
  • No. 16026 What Is Reasonable Certainty?
  • No. 16027 The Employer Has No Right To Demand Documentation for Short Periods of Military Training or Service
  • No. 16028 Don’t Let Redistricting Litigation Disenfranchise Military Voters
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