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The comprehensive approach: CIOR Symposium explores the role of Reservists
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The Comprehensive Approach is a leading framework within NATO, and in this context, reservists are crucial in building bridges between military and non-military actors in the operations. The role of Reservists in this context was discussed among 11 speakers and more than several hundred delegates at the 2010 CIOR Congress Symposium in Stavanger, Norway. More

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SACEUR encourages Reserve Officers in Stavanger, Norway
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On Aug. 10, about 500 Reserve Officers presented at the Stavanger summer congress of CIOR in Norway were encouraged by a video message by Admiral James Stavridis the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe. He invited the president of CIOR, Lt. Col. William J. Verheijen of The Netherlands, to his headquarters at Mons, Belgium, on Aug. 9. After explaining to Lt. Col. Verheijen what NATO expects from its reserve component, Adm. Stavridis prepared a video message with a statement to encourage the participants of the CIOR summer congress. He stipulated the undoubted value of reservists for NATO and explained the role they have in current and future operations of the Atlantic alliance.
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Iran shows 'Ambassador of Death' drone
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recently inaugurated the country's first domestically built unmanned bomber aircraft, calling it an "ambassador of death" to Iran's enemies. The 4-meter-long drone aircraft can carry up to four cruise missiles and will have a range of 620 miles (1,000 kilometers), according to a state TV report—not far enough to reach archenemy Israel. More

HEALTH CARE


Thousands strain Fort Hood mental health system
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Nine months after an Army psychiatrist was charged with fatally shooting 13 soldiers and wounding 30, the nation's largest Army base can measure the toll of war in the more than 10,000 mental health evaluations, referrals or therapy sessions held every month. More

BENEFITS


Early retirement discussed during Congress' break
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As the National Defense Authorization Act is idle until September, when the Senate as a whole will take it up for business, there is still opportunity to help shape legislation. ROA met with other associations to discuss what approaches to take to obtain passage of early retirement. Bills such as H.R. 208 and S.831 have met resistance because of the cost of $2.1 billion over the next 10 years. More

Higher TRICARE premiums on Gates' cost-cut agenda
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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has signaled that the department's fiscal 2012 budget request to be sent to Congress early next year will include recommendations to raise TRICARE premiums for some beneficiaries. If past proposals are a reliable guide, the target of higher fees is likely to be military retirees rather than active duty families. The Bush administration had tried for three straight years to raise fees for working age retirees. Congress blocked those efforts. More

SERVICE SECTIONS


Navy Helos provide aid to Pakistani flood victims
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To date, the United States has pledged to provide approximately $76 million in assistance to flood-affected populations in Pakistan. There currently are 22 U.S. military and civilian aircraft in Pakistan in support of flood relief operations. U.S. helicopters have evacuated more than 5,000 people and delivered more than 500,000 pounds of relief supplies. In addition, U.S. military cargo aircraft based in Afghanistan have transported more than 268,000 pounds of international aid from the Pakistan Air Force's Central Flood Relief Cell in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, to other locations throughout the country. More

USAF realignment affects 12,000 airmen, 650 planes
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A wide-ranging shakeup will find the U.S. Air Force retiring 650 planes and shifting the jobs of at least 12,000 airmen. The shuffle consolidates F-22 Raptor units, assigns up to 350 F-35 Lightning IIs to four bases, retires F-16 Fighting Falcons as F-35s replace them, establishes a home base for the service's fleet of 37 MC-12W Liberty reconnaissance planes and names the U.S. Air National Guard wings that will be home to 38 C-27J cargo aircraft. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve activated as of Aug. 17, 2010
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This week the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Navy announced an increase. The net collective result is 481 fewer 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

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The Intersect is now available through MultiBriefs app
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ROA understands the need to deliver timely, relevant news to its members. In partnering with MultiBriefs to create The Intersect, the association committed itself to providing updates on a weekly basis. The Intersect is now part of the new MultiBriefs app, available for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch in the App Store. Simply search "MultiBriefs" and download the app free of charge. After it's downloaded, you can add the ROA feed by searching the "Law Enforcement and Security" section. News is streamed into your iPhone or iPod Touch each week. For those without iPhones, not to worry. We also have Blackberry and Droid versions. For Blackberry users, visit the Blackberry App World and search "MultiBriefs." Droid users can go to the Android Marketplace and search "MultiBriefs." More

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