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SGT. MAJ. LUTHER THOMAS, JR. Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (OASD) for Manpower and Reserve Affairs The Greek philosopher Heraclitus stated that the only thing that is constant is change. Over the last 12 months, I have witnessed many changes in the Department of Defense, as well as in my personal life. This time last year, I was the command sergeant major of the Army Reserve. In January 2016, I replaced Sgt. Maj. Michael Schultz as the senior enlisted advisor for the assistant secretary of defense for manpower and Reserve affairs (ASD M&RA). OASD M&RA was created in December 2015 to better align functions and responsibilities under the secretary of defense's under secretary for personnel and readiness (USD P&R). OASD for Reserve Affairs was dissolved, and OASD M&RA was stood up under the leadership of the Honorable Todd Weiler. The previous duties and responsibilities in OASD Reserve Affairs have been split between two assistant secretaries (M&RA, Readiness). The acting assistant secretary of defense for readiness is Daniel Feehan, and his offices have the responsibility to represent the entire DoD in readiness issues, to include the Reserve Component. This move aligns the offices by function (readiness and manpower) rather than by organization (active and Reserve). Previously, under Reserve Affairs, the ASD pursued solely all things Reserve in nature; the current structure addresses matters in a more inclusive way, with better coordination, policy development and oversight. All functions are equally represented for all services and components by a single ASD. Organizational change is the most noticeable change. The retirement system is changing, too, from an annuity-based retirement to a blended retirement system (BRS.) The BRS goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The new system has three elements: a 401(k)-style component with matching funds, a midcareer continuation pay bonus and a retirement annuity (similar to the current system, but at a reduced rate) for completing 20 or more years of eligible service. We are also working on the Reserve Component duty status reform. This effort will reduce the types of duty status to a smaller, more manageable level, provide easier access to Guard and Reserve assignments and ensure all service members receive similar benefits. Although Heraclitus stated that change is constant, there is one constant-the commitment of Todd Weiler, the staff and myself to ensure we have a Total Force that is valued, relevant and ready. That force is inclusive of our Guard and Reserve, seamlessly integrated to perform operational and strategic roles for our nation, today and in the future. COMMAND SGT. MAJ. JAMES P. WILLS U.S. Army Reserve In my short time as the interim command sergeant major of the U.S. Army Reserve, I have visited many units across the nation and abroad. I am absolutely amazed at how our Citizen Soldiers continue to accept any challenge presented to them and win. Our soldiers, civilians and family members are the epitome of resilience in all they do for this great nation. I recently visited our soldiers in Camp Arifjan and Camp Buehring, Kuwait. Our soldiers are doing amazing work in theater as they work side by side with our active and Army National Guard partners, as well as our joint partners within the Department of Defense. It is very uplifting to visit soldiers who are deployed and to see firsthand their excitement and ability to apply skills they possess in operating our base camps and noncommissioned officer academies, and in completing our operational mission objectives. The Army Reserve changed leadership on June 1, as Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley retired with more than 34 years of THE OFFICER / FALL 2016 53

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 - 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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