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CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION BY MEGAN MYERS WHAT IT MEANS TO 'FIGHT' FOR RESERVISTS ROA is a visible, powerful advocate for the Reserve Component Most recently, ROA President Col. James R. Sweeney II, USMC (Ret.), was interviewed on Federal News Radio about the changes proposed by DoD to the new blended retirement plan. Sweeney explained in the interview that the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission studied military retirement for two years before it recommended a blended retirement option. ROA and Congress agree that we should see how the program is implemented before changes are considered. Megan Myers served as ROA's legislative intern in summer 2016; she is a senior at the University of California, Berkeley, majoring in society and environment with an emphasis on U.S. environmental politics. Photo courtesy of Reserve Officers Association ave you ever heard of a nonprofit called Leave No Veteran Behind? Neither have I. Although this nonprofit seems to have a positive impact in the veteran community, I question whether it has the strength of the well-known ROA. To be successful, ROA must ensure the association continues to be nationally recognized. This is done by focusing on the issues and situations members of ROA encounter throughout their service and retirement, and communicating those to Congress and the public. The issues ROA discussed in recent media interviews included the path to earning veteran status, the role of women in combat, health care for military children and the proposed Department of Defense changes to the blended retirement plan. ROA's leadership has found that the organization is strongest by focusing on "owning the RC space." To that end, Congress, DoD and the press corps increasingly seek out ROA as an expert in matters relating to the Reserve Component. ROA has been able to provide valuable information-and visibility for the needs of RC service members-to legislators, the Pentagon, the press and the public through position papers on such topics as Servicemembers Civil Relief Act protections, military construction and the blended retirement plan. Here are just a few examples from the past 18 months of how ROA senior leaders and staff have shared their knowledge to position ROA as the authoritative voice on the Reserve Component: ROA has been influential with the House Veterans Affairs Committee in getting legislation to help Reserve members become qualified as veterans for federal preference in hiring. "Reservists today serve virtually everywhere, alongside their Active Component comrades," Executive Director Jeff Phillips wrote in a column published in The Hill, a political newspaper read by members of Congress and their staffs. "In battle, the performance of these trained and courageous Citizen Warriors of all ranks, specialties and any other category has been recognized as indistinguishable from the 'regulars.' " ROA advocated for realigning the goals of the military health care system to take better care of children. Phillips urged DoD and the services to do a "better job, very quickly, to identify any imbalance in care to our most vulnerable patients-our military children." Fighting to get Reservists federal hiring preference, ROA Executive Director Jeffrey Phillips tells Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Connecticut, about ROA's legislative proposal to change 180 consecutive days of active duty to cumulative days, which reflects the shorter-duration tours of the Guard and Reserve. The senator, who served in the Marine Corps, wears a blue star pin for his son's service overseas in the Navy. THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 11

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Officer - Fall 2016

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
OPENING SHOTS
FEEDBACK
CAPITOL HILL CONNECTION
HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
HEALTH CARE REFORM
SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
ATTEN-SHUN!
SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
UNITED STATES COAST GUARD RESERVE
NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
OFFICE OF THE ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF DEFENSE FOR MANPOWER AND RESERVE AFFAIRS (M & RA)
ARMY RESERVE
MARINE FORCES RESERVE
NAVY RESERVE
COAST GUARD RESERVE
AIR FORCE RESERVE
RESERVE LIFE
2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
PROUD TO SERVE
DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
BOOK REVIEWS
STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
STARS INDUSTRY NEWS
USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
BOEING’S C-40A CLIPPER JET BRINGS POWER AND SAVINGS TO THE NAVY
STARS BRIEFS
SALVO
The Officer - Fall 2016 - Cover1
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - WHAT IT MEANS TO ‘FIGHT’ FOR RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEALTH CARE REFORM
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS LAW CENTER
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - THE MILLENNIAL RESERVIST
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - CARING FOR THE CAREGIVERS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - ATTEN-SHUN!
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SERVICE MEMBERS’ MENTAL HEALTH IS CRITICAL TO READINESS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - NATIONAL SECURITY REPORT
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - OFFICE OF THE CHIEF, NATIONAL GUARD BUREAU
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ARMY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - MARINE FORCES RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - NAVY RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - COAST GUARD RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - AIR FORCE RESERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 2016 ROA NATIONAL CONVENTION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - PROUD TO SERVE
The Officer - Fall 2016 - DEPARTMENT AND CHAPTER NEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - BOOK REVIEWS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS FOUNDATION PLAYS A VITAL ROLE IN SUPPORTING RESERVISTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HELPING DEPLOYED RESERVISTS’ CHILDREN SUCCEED AT SCHOOL
The Officer - Fall 2016 - USAA’S CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY GOES ABOVE FOR THOSE WHO GO BEYOND
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - UNITED CONCORDIA’S ACTIVE DUTY DENTAL PROGRAM HELPS PREPARE RESERVE AND GUARD FOR EARLY ACTIVATION
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - STARS BRIEFS
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - SALVO
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