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OPENING SHOTS BY JEFF PHILLIPS RENEWED, RE-ENERGIZED, REFOCUSED ROA's stability, credibility continue to grow fter several difficult years, the Reserve Officers Association is no longer immersed in red ink. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget, in which we have been operating since April 1, is a surplus budget-a relief after seven-figure deficits. The budget represents a "fragile recovery." It does not take into account $1.5 million in maintenance expenses for vitally important rebuilds of our Minuteman Memorial Building's failing elevators, HVAC system and generator. We also envision modest outlays for a ballroom floor refresh to ensure the competitiveness of our profitable Top of the Hill banquet and conference business. The surplus does not include the $4.5 million loan balance for renovations done nearly a decade ago. What we owe on the loan is a liability, and only the monthly payments are reflected in our budget. The Minuteman Memorial Building upgrades are an asset, as they increase the building's value, so they don't reflect in the operating budget. But they're financial burdens just the same. We will pay for the building maintenance from internal funds, as approved by the Executive Committee. We also are considering using internal funds to retire the MMB loan and its interest payments. We are making plans to begin paying rebates to our departments. President Jim Sweeney is considering a capital campaign, which could endow building maintenance and other purposes. Led by President Sweeney and ROA's elected leaders, we are rebuilding the financial foundation for a re-energized future of service to the nation through service to our Reserve components. Building upon our "own the RC space" value proposition, our increasing clout on the Hill will facilitate membership growth and attract donor funds. (We recently received a $10,000 donation from the estate of retired Army Reserve Lt. Col. Leo Baer, a New York World War II veteran and ROA member, and just learned of a gift of as-yet unknown value from another veteran's estate.) Our sustaining member donations are running ahead of last year's; the average donation is about $49. Thank you for your support! President Sweeney has addressed the unprecedented opportunity for growth and increased impact presented by the integration of the National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS). In discussions and negotiations with the NAUS leadership team, we have been impressed with their clear-eyed fidelity to the vision of a strong national defense. This would be our second integration. ROA just completed integration of the Reserve Enlisted Association with its approximately 1,800 members. Advocacy efforts showing real results In Capitol Connection, ROA Legislative and Military Policy Director Susan Lukas details how we're making a difference in law and policy for Reservists. ROA is agile and effective, identifying opportunities to press our focused agenda-on our own, as part of the national military coalition, and within like-minded coalitions built expressly for the purpose. At our prompting, the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) and the Association of the United States Army met at ROA in December. From that discussion, we issued a "tri-signed" letter to the new Army chief of staff asking, among other items, for him to issue clarifying guidance on support of military associations; he did so in June. Now we must get similar guidance from the Navy. ROA helped the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve get new C-40 cargo jets, and we fought to keep the Department of Defense from weakening the Thrift Savings Plan portion of the new blended retirement plan. Consider veterans' status legislation originated by ROA: Unlike the "honorary" status bill that grants no-benefits veteran status only to retired Reservists and which ROA supports, ours would make it easier for all members of the THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 5

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
The Officer - Fall 2016 - Cover2
The Officer - Fall 2016 - ADVERTISERS’ INDEX
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The Officer - Fall 2016 - 3
The Officer - Fall 2016 - PRESIDENT’S COLUMN
The Officer - Fall 2016 - OPENING SHOTS
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 6
The Officer - Fall 2016 - FEEDBACK
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 8
The Officer - Fall 2016 - HEARING THE VOICE OF THE RESERVE COMPONENT
The Officer - Fall 2016 - 10
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 - 74
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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