The Intersect
Feb. 8, 2011

Leaders call operational Reserve 'a new DOD efficiency'
U.S. Air Force
The new role and future direction of the Department of Defense's reserve components was the focus of the Reserve Officer Association gathering attended by more than 600 people at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel Jan. 29 through Feb. 2. Senior DOD leaders discussed how the Reserve programs have evolved to the point that they are critical to daily operations and are seen as efficient and cost-effective manning solutions during tight financial times.More

Chiarelli expects increase in behavioral health needs
U.S. Army
The Army's vice chief of staff said with the drawdown in Iraq and eventually in Afghanistan, the country could expect to see an increase in the number of Soldiers suffering from depression, anxiety, Traumatic Brain Injury and post-traumatic stress. Speaking at the opening of the Reserve Officer Association's National Security Symposium Jan. 30, Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli praised the reserve component for being "truly remarkable" in what he called a nearly decade-long era of "persistent engagement," and added that the health and well-being of U.S. forces was absolutely critical to the security of the nation.More

Coast Guard: Sector Puget Sound wins FY 2010 Bud Sparks Award
Guardian Ethos: Sector Puget Sound
Sector Puget Sound of the Coast Guard has received the 2010 Bud Sparks Award. This national reserve award recognizes individual and collective contributions to the Sector enhancing our total mission performance. As you may recall, Sector Puget Sound was a runner-up to the RADM Bennett Sparks Award recipient in FY 2009. In FY 2010, in addition to complete mission integration, Sector Puget Sound Reserve members' specific national contributions included responses to Haiti and DWHZ. Sector Puget Sound continues to achieve unparalleled results in its Reserve readiness. Sector Puget Sound is truly a model unit for the optimization of readiness and integrated operational impact.More

Latham receives Reserve Officers Association's prestigious Minuteman of the Year Award
The Iowa Republican
Iowa Congressman Tom Latham spoke of the critically important efforts of Guard and Reserve members in protecting American national security while accepting the Reserve Officers Association's prestigious Minuteman of the Year Award. "Citizen-soldiers from every state, every background and every walk of life have answered their country's call to duty. No other country in the world has a reserve force that plays such a key national security role," Latham said during his remarks at the 2011 National Security Symposium and Reserve Component Expo.More

What we are doing for you today
The American Leigon
National Security Division Director Barry Searle attended the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium in Washington, D.C. The session features professional development workshops focusing on national security and issues unique to the reserve and National Guard community. Searle heard prominent speakers including Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz and Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli.More

US Coast Guard Admiral Named to Minute Man Hall of Fame
The Reserve Officer (blog)
The Reserve Officers Association of the United States inducted Rear Adm. Daniel R. May, United States Coast Guard, into its Minute Man Hall of Fame at its National Security Symposium. Admiral May, who hails from Orlando, Fla., stood out among his predecessors as the U.S. Coast Guard Director of the Reserve and Leadership from January, 2008 to April, 2010. "He demonstrated he was not only was an advocate of the Coast Guard Reserve but all of the Reserve components," said retired Navy Rear Adm. Paul Kayye, ROA President.More

Navy chief concerned about budget
Politico
With congressional gridlock making it more likely that the Pentagon will receive the same amount of funding this year as last year, the Navy's top officer is throttling up the pressure to change course. Congress has yet to pass a spending bill for fiscal year 2011, instead carrying over funding from the previous year in a continuing resolution. Lawmakers have until March 4 to either approve a new spending bill or pass another continuing resolution, and with just three weeks of legislative action on the calendar, Democrats are beginning to raise the specter of a government shutdown.More

Army Reserve might need a bigger budget, force chief says
The Hill
The U.S. Army Reserve needs new budgeting and training practices that reflect the increased deployment tempo the force has settled into over the last decade, Lt. Gen. Jack Stultz said. Since the onset of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, the reserve has been "utilitized as an operational force," but the Army mandates that its "base budgets still be built around a strategic force," Stultz told reporters at a breakfast in Washington. D.C.More

USAF starts flight tests on F-15E with AESA radar
Flightglobal
The U.S. Air Force has started a three-year flight-test campaign for a new active electronically scanned array designed for the Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle. The first Raytheon APG-82(V)1 was flown aboard an F-15E at Eglin AFB in Florida on Jan 18. The same aircraft was pictured also carrying an infrared search and track pod and the Lockheed Martin Sniper targeting pod during the maiden flight.More

Third of 5 new C-17s arrives at Charleston, SC, Air Force base
The Charleston Post and Courier
The third of five new C-17s for the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., arrived. The aircraft flew in from Long Beach, Calif., touching down in the late afternoon. The delivery brings to 60 the number of C-17s assigned to the wing at Charleston Air Force Base.More

Soldiers learn to prevent suicide
Pacific Daily News
Soldiers in the U.S. Army Reserve underwent a new training program that incorporates interactive role-playing in order to understand the complications of suicide intervention. The reservists were asked to role-play situations where they could act as the caregiver or counselor to someone contemplating suicide. The soldiers went through two days of Applied Suicide Skills Training, also known as ASIST, which combines a day of classroom lectures and another day of hands-on training for suicide prevention, said Capt. Roland Geyrozaga, a chaplain and ASIST instructor with the 9th Mission Support Command.More

Scientific review kicks off to weigh treatment for brain-injured soldiers
Pro Publica
The Institutes of Medicine kicked off its yearlong study of cognitive rehabilitation therapy recently, a process that will help the Pentagon decide whether its health plan will cover the treatment for troops who have suffered brain injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan. More

US CEOs urge passage of fiscal 2011 Pentagon budget
Reuters
The chief executives of 14 U.S. defense companies urged Congress to pass a defense spending bill for fiscal 2011 instead of extending the current stopgap measure that keeps funding at 2010 levels. The failure of Lawmakers to pass a defense appropriations bill for fiscal 2011, which began on Oct. 1, could have serious consequences, the CEOs of Lockheed Martin Corp, Boeing Co's defense business and a dozen other companies said in a letter to congressional leaders.More

Military spending will thwart earmark ban, experts predict
The Hill
Defense budget experts say the campaign to banish earmarks from Congress is unlikely to succeed because lawmakers will find other ways to direct money to military projects in their districts. Military projects are too important in too many states and districts for an earmarks ban to halt targeted spending by lawmakers, former Senate congressional defense aides and analysts said. Plus, a ban on earmarks would do little to lower the deficit, leading some to predict lawmakers might even scrap the idea of banning them. More

Few understand what made Reagan himself even as many invoke his name (PHOTO ACCOMPANYING STORY INCLUDES REAGAN ADDRESSING ROA)
The Washington Post via The Denver Post
On the 100th anniversary of his birth, Ronald Reagan is remembered as a transformative president, the creator of the contemporary Republican Party and the very definition of conservatism. He might also be as misunderstood by some of his followers as he is underappreciated by his detractors. Reagan, who died in 2004, is the object of both mythmaking and revisionism. As his presidency has undergone examination and re-evaluation by conservative and liberal scholars, his place in history has grown larger.More

National Guard (in federal status) and Reserve activated as of Feb. 1
U.S. Department of Defense
The Army, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Air Force and Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 393 more reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease.More