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ReserveVoice: August 12, 2015

ROA Annual Convention, Washington, DC, July 26-29

Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel accepting an honorary ROA life membership from Department of Florida President and incoming Executive Committee member Senior Master Sgt. Shane Smith, USAFR”
Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel accepting the 2015 Minuteman Hall of Fame award from ROA President Brig. Gen. Mike Silva, USAR (Ret.), July 27.
Former Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel addresses the general assembly after accepting his Minuteman Hall of Fame award from ROA President Brig. Gen. Mike Silva, USAR (Ret.), July 27. Secretary Hagel took questions after his remarks.

Legislative Update

ROA Convention attendees met with their Representatives and Senators during ROA’s Storming the Hill day on 28 July 2015.  The House and Senate recessed and will return to Washington D.C. on 8 Sept 2015.  They will need to finish the National Defense Authorization Act of Fiscal Year 2016 and budget.  The attendees took the following issues to discuss on their visits:
  • National Guard and Reserve Equipment Account (NGREA)
  • Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP): Inactive Duty Status (IDT)
  • Veteran Status for Reserve Component Servicemembers
  • Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC)
Please meet with your Congressional members and staff while they are on recess in your district and state during August 2015 to discuss these issues.  Position papers can be found at

ROA Legislative Director Susan Lukas moderates the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission panel July 28, with commissioners Christopher Carney (left), Chairman Alphonse Malden, Jr., and Steve Buyer.

Resolutions – New and Renewed

The attached file lists resolutions for 2015 that were submitted by Departments or renewed from 2012 resolutions that were otherwise due to expire.  

Resolutions – Security at Armed Forces Facilities

A time-sensitive resolution was submitted and passed by the Navy Section.  Each of the services provided input to ensure all non-secured military facilities were included and the final version is presented below.  This action was considered time-sensitive because of pending legislation from Congressional members.  Convention attendees wanted an ROA resolution to ensure the Reserve Component voice is heard during the process of legislation being passed.  This resolution, other department resolutions and renewed resolutions are available at
Resolution No. 15-05
Security at Armed Forces Facilities
WHEREAS, in July 2015 four Marines and one Sailor were murdered at an Armed Forces Reserve Center and other members of the armed forces were fired upon at a recruiting facility; and
WHEREAS, there is no or limited formal security protection at non-secured military facilities; and
WHEREAS, the Armed Forces Reserve Centers and recruiting facilities are open to the public without regard to whether or not individuals have business to conduct with said military members; and
WHEREAS, the most valuable asset to our national security are the members of the armed forces, both Active and Reserve Components;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Reserve Officers Association of the United States, chartered by Congress, urge the Congress and the services to provide the authority and funding to secure non-secured military facilities of the armed service of the United States.
Approved by the National Convention, 29 July 2015
Source:  Navy Services, 27 July 2015

GAO Interview with ROA – Mental Health Treatment Services

ROA took part in a conference call with GAO staff for a report on mental health treatment services for servicemembers.  We provided information and perspectives about availability and access of Guard and Reserve to mental health treatment services within the Military Health System.  They will allow us to provide additional information from ROA members.  Please contact Susan Lukas at if you would like to share your own experience, either positive or negative, on mental health treatment.  We will protect your privacy and not provide your name or any other identifying information.

ROA 2015 Legislative Agenda

Army Update

Army Awards at National Conference:

As is traditional, a number of awards were presented at the recent national convention held in Washington D.C.  Presenting the awards were Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, DCG of the Army Reserve (OCAR) and Army Vice-President Judi Davenport. Awardees included:
  • 2015 Major General  Strom Thurmond Award for the Outstanding Junior Officer:   CPT Michael C. Coyle, USAR, 420th EN BDE, Dallas, TX
  • Large Unit Award:  983rd EN BN Monclova, OH
  • Medium Unit Award:  1011th QM Company, Independence, KS
  • Small Unit Award:  805th Transportation Detachment, Tacoma WA
  • Aviation Support Facility:  USAR Aviation Support Facility – Olathe, New Century Aircenter, KS
USAR’s Deputy Commanding General MG Glenn Lesniak speaks with ROA’s Jeff Phillips, after making the Army Section awards.

New Army Section Leadership:

LTC Hazel Robinson (Ret), Maryland , was elected Vice President of the Army Section and she and her newly elected colleagues to the EXCOM will serve two year terms. Elected Junior Vice President was CPT  Fatima McPhaul, USAR, North Carolina; new Executive Committee members include CPT Steve Barnard, North Carolina, and COL Monti Zimmerman, USAR, Virginia. They join LTC Richard Spencer (Ret) of Nebraska.

Army University Becomes a Reality:

“The nation that will insist on drawing a broad line of demarcation between the fighting man and the thinking man is liable to find its fighting done by fools and its thinking done by cowards.” – Thucydides

The army has reorganized its education enterprise into a university structure that will maximize the educational opportunities for Soldiers and provide them with valid academic credit. The creation of the Army University sends a strong message about the future of the Army – it is committed to cutting-edge education and preparing leaders for a very complex world. The Army’s Training and Doctrine Command is responsible for creating this university system that will increase academic rigor, create greater opportunities for accreditation and enhance the quality of the force. The Army War College will be integral part of the system while maintaining separate accreditation and governance.
The current Army education system currently provides a high quality of education and training – but it is not optimal to develop the critical and creative thinking for operating in the 21st Century security environment. The old education system was an industrial age legacy with an incoherent focus – including 70 separate schools and research libraries. It lacked an identity and the army degrees lacked prestige in the broader academic community. It also had a poor record of accreditation.   All the above issues will be addressed by the new Army University. Tens of thousands of Army soldiers and civilians participate every day in army sponsored educational programs across the country and the globe. Transitioning from the current system to the new single university structure will be daunting but it is necessary. The Army has seen the future and it is moving aggressively to prepare the army profession – active duty and Reserves – to deal with the complex security environment our new officers and NCOs will face in the very near future.

U.S. Army Section awards from the annual convention will be listed, with photos, in the next Reserve Voice edition

Navy Update

 Lt. Cdr. Thomas T. McAndrew was awarded Outstanding Junior Officer, U.S. Navy Reserve.

Lt. Cdr. McAndrew addresses the Navy Section after receiving his Outstanding Junior Officer award from Naval Services National Vice President and now ROA’s new president, Col. Jim Sweeney, USMCR.
Lt. Cdr. McAndrew displayed extraordinary leadership ability while serving as the Navy Reserve Office of Naval Research, Naval Research Laboratory, Science & Technology, Unit 115 Executive Officer and the Deputy Director for Expeditionary and Irregular Warfare.  During the period, he was recognized by RADM Winter, Chief of Naval Research, as the 2014 Reserve Science and technology Officer of the Year, for his exceptional leadership, technical acumen, and mission accomplishment.  LCDR McAndrew was also selected from a field of 170 officers in recognition of his initiative to establish a project to support cyber and electronic warfare research in expeditionary and irregular warfare environments which laid the foundation for support to warfighters on the tactical edge.  Additionally, he was the first-ever reserve officer to receive Federal Computer Weekly’s “Federal 100” award, typically reserved for senior executives or flag officers.  LCDR McAndrew’s contributions enable the Navy to maintain its technical advantage today and into the future.  A model citizen-sailor, he is a perfect example of how the experience and expertise of reserve personnel can be seamlessly integrated into support for the active component.

Rear Adm. Kurt B. Hinrichs, USCG Director of Reserve and Military Personnel addresses ROA members during the Reserve Chiefs panel.

 2015 Marks 225 Years Of The U.S. Coast Guard’s Lifesaving Legacy

The Coast Guard traces its history to Aug. 4, 1790.  On that date, President George Washington signed a law that authorized construction of 10 revenue cutters, and under the leadership of Alexander Hamilton established our earliest fleet of cutters and the incarnation of the modern Coast Guard.  This is also the centennial of the service’s present name.

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. They have safeguarded our Nation's maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.

The Reserve Officers Association congratulates the US Coast Guard as it celebrates its birthday, and two and one quarter centuries of service to our Nation – Semper Paratus!      - See more at: ROA's Unreserved Blog

U.S. Coast Guard Section awards from the annual convention will be listed, with photos, in the next Reserve Voice edition

Air Force Update

Air Force Section awards from the annual convention will be listed, with photos, in the next Reserve Voice edition

Deterrence on Demand

The Chief of the Air Force Reserve Lt. Gen. James Jackson presented the painting "Deterrence on Demand" to Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U. S. Air Force during the ROA National Convention in Washington D.C. July 27, 2015.  Harencak accepted the painting on behalf of the Air Force Art Program.  Jackson was joined by Col. Bruce Cox, the commander of the 307th Bomb Wing and Lt. Col. Rob Burgess, 343rd Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La., artist Maj. Warren Neary, Air Force Reserve Historian and Technical Sgt. John Wright, a radar operator in the 307th Bombardment Group Heavy, a unit activated for World War II.
"Deterrence on Demand" depicts Airmen of the 307th Bomb Wing generating their aircraft for a nuclear exercise with aircrew, maintainers and security forces members. The 307th Bomb Wing reached a significant milestone when it became the first Air Force Reserve unit in Air Force history to be nuclear certified, after it excelled during its initial nuclear surety inspection.
Neary, an award-winning artist who was recently selected as the 2015 Air  Force Association National Aerospace Gill Rob Wilson Award for Arts and Letters, has served as member of the Air Force Art program for 14 years and has created 23 paintings for the program and the Army Center for Military History. His artwork includes commemorative paintings for the Peacekeeper Intercontinental Ballistic Missile deactivation, 50th Anniversary of ICMBs and 50th Anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis.

 “Deterrence on Demand,” by Maj. Warren Neary.

Ground crews keep MAFFS aircraft in the fight

302nd Airlift Wing Website
by Master Sgt. Daniel Butterfield / 302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
8/10/2015 - MCCLELLAN AIR BASE, Calif. -- When the 302nd Airlift Wing's Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s answer the U.S. Forest Service's call to assist with fire operations, it's not just the aircraft and aircrews that head out with little notice. The maintenance team plays an integral role in keeping the aircraft safe and ready to fly and fight fires on a daily basis. Read the rest of the story

Photo notes: For more photos from the convention and other ROA activities, click to flickr site of ROA Communications Committee Chair Henry Plimack.

Department Update

ROA President Brig. Gen. Mike Silva, USAR (Ret.), congratulates Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs) Richard O. Wightman, Jr. for his Twice the Citizen Award, July 27.
Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, Director, Air National Guard, speaks during the Reserve Chiefs panel July 27.
The indomitable and irrepressible Maj. Gen. Evan “Curly” Hultman, USAR (Ret.) and past national president, gives a message of characteristic optimism and inspiration after receiving a “surprise” Twice the Citizen Award from General Silva, July 27.
Rear Adm. Thomas W. Luscher, Deputy Chief, Navy Reserve, speaks during the Reserve Chiefs panel July 27.

ROA breaks new ground

ROA took decisive steps during its 2015 annual convention, held July 26 to 29 in Washington, DC, to strengthen membership in support of Reservists across all services and compos (including the National Guard).

The association’s members, for the first time in ROA’s history, elected a noncommissioned officer to the Executive Committee – ROA’s equivalent of a board of directors. Air Force Reserve Senior Master Sgt. Shane Smith is also president of the Department of Florida, the first NCO to hold an ROA department presidency. Shane’s wife Marian, also an Air Force Reserve NCO, holds office in the Florida department, as well.
In his private-sector life, Shane is the founder and president of a successful technology company. An interview of Shane by ROA’s executive director, Jeff Phillips, is on the ROA home page; in the video Shane tells other NCOs “I have been accepted as an NCO and an enlisted person . . . there is no restriction; an enlisted person does have a voice. Join, be a member, get involved.”

New Member category

ROA’s members also approved a new category of membership intended to quickly attract younger Reservists as well as cadets. Associate membership is free for five years or the attainment of age 35, whichever comes first. Thereafter the associate member will have a choice of term or life membership.
An associate member may join a department and chapter, hold office there (but not national office), access all ROA digital publications and other communications, have access to affinity products such as insurance policies, credit cards and shopping services – including ROA’s “Shop Thru the Heart” shopping service that rebates 3% of all sales to ROA. ROA is betting that many associate members will find the value is worth conversion to a paid membership when it’s time.
“We will make great use of associate membership – for example, at Yellow Ribbon events nationwide,” said Phillips. “Membership is grown most effectively at the department and chapter level, and this new membership category will help our grassroots produce strong new growth!”
Phillips, new ROA President James Sweeney and other Executive Committee members discussed the necessity of streamlining the association’s dizzying array of membership levels and prices, which serve more to confuse than to enlist . . .

ROA Award of Merit

In a separate decision, ROA’s Executive Committee authorized department and chapter presidents to award the ROA Award of Merit to recipients who in their judgement have earned recognition for efforts in support of ROA’s purpose.
“What I like about this award is that it allows departments to recognize people who National may never know about, and that empowers our members,” said outgoing ROA President Brig. Gen. Mike Silva, USA (Ret).
The ROA Award of Merit consists of a certificate that can be printed locally and the reuse of a handsome miniature medal whose purpose had been lost to memory. Upon depletion of stocks, departments will be able to order more medals. ROA state departments will soon get award details so that they can begin getting and making use of the new award.

Officer Magazine

The summer (digital) Officer Magazine is now on homepage. We think you’ll agree that this is a solid edition with great content. The issue features an article about tattoos in the military. Editor in Chief Jeff Phillips at first balked – too edgy, but asked some of ROA’s younger members their opinion: All supported publishing the article; replied two:
“. . . ROA is not endorsing tattoos by simply publishing the piece. What the article does is highlight an issue impacting a large population of young military members (38% of the Millennials, 33% of Gen Xers). This is helpful information for younger Reservists and individuals who are considering the Reserves.”
and . . .
“This is exactly the kind of topic that we have avoided for too long. This stuff matters to the men and women in the formations, and a growing number of the leaders standing in front of and behind them. I'm all for it. We can't just cater to the tastes of a retired generation -- we have to be a voice for all or we will recruit none into our ranks!”

Email Outage

Email outage repaired. As of August 11, ROA’s internet and email system were fully operational after an outage caused by the mechanical failure of a firewall (security was not compromised). If you have not received a response to an email, give us a call, wait for us to get to it (9,000 emails piled up), or resend it. We want to be responsive!

ROA announces Shop Thru The Heart partnership for no-extra-cost charitable giving to ROA

You can help ROA improve Reserve Component funding and policy; Reservist education, benefits, career advancement, family care, and employment; and VA benefits and healthcare! ROA has developed an online shopping mall and purchasing center offering more than 120 premium stores, such as Amazon, Sam’s Club, Marriott, Starbucks, Macy’s, Office Depot, Home Depot, and Best Buy, for your business and personal shopping.
Every time you use our portal for your purchases, ROA will receive a donation from Shop Thru The Heart. Participation in this program is easy and adds NO COST to your purchases.
We ask ROA members, staff, vendors, clients, families, friends and other supporters to use the ROA Shop Thru The Heart portal to make all of their online purchases for business, personal, travel, gifts, etc. 

Please register today at and support ROA with your online purchasing (registration is free of charge).


Outfit:                        USS Elokomin
Reunion Date:           September 24-27, 2015
Location:                    Cleveland OH
Robert O’Sullivan,, 617-288-3755
Ron Finet,, 262-742-4269

Outfit:                        USS Bon Homme Richard (CV/CVA-31)
Reunion Date:           September 15-19, 2015
Location:                    San Antonio, TX
Contacts:                    Frank Pulliam  417-684-1358

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

Reunion Date:          April 20-24, 2016

Location:                   Charleston, SC

Contacts:                   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. 15063 New Favorable Case on Section 4311 of USERRA
  • No. 15064 The MSPB Adjudicates Claims that Federal Executive Agencies Have Violated USERRA
  • No. 15065 It Is not your Responsibility To Document your Physical and Psychological Readiness To Return to Work
  • No. 15066 Calling you an Independent Contractor Does Not Make you one.
  • No. 15067 The Reemployment Statute Turns 75
  • No. 15068 ROTC and JROTC—What Is the Difference?
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