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As 2010 comes to a close, ROA would like to wish its members, partners, and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the ROA Intersect a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume next Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

Defense appropriations bill full of pork
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From Jan 12, 2010: The Defense appropriations bill signed by President Obama in December 2009 was filled with 1,720 different special earmarks. These earmarks seldom had anything to do with national defense or security policy. Fox News analyzed the bill, and found a number of outrageous examples of earmarks in this bill. More

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Retired generals wary of Gates plan to downsize Pentagon from top
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From Aug. 31, 2010: Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, a retired Army officer, is familiar with the perks and pitfalls of power, having commanded tens of thousands of troops at Fort Benning, Ga., managed budgets exceeding $2 billion in Iraq and overseen layers upon layers of staff members who helped manage his professional duties and his personal life. When Eaton traveled, he occasionally was able to justify the use of military aircraft but usually flew coach, he said. Now he lives on a pension worth 75 percent of his military salary, with health benefits that cover everything except dental and eye care for him and his wife. More

2010 pay charts are here
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From Jan. 12, 2010: How did the 2010 pay raise affect you? All your essential military pay charts have been fully updated for 2010, including basic pay, drill pay, housing and food allowances, retirement pay, and a variety of special pays and allowances. Plus, see how your new monthly payment rates have changed from 2009 for Basic Housing Allowance. More

Army reservist says unit not ready for fall deployment
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From Sept. 7, 2010: A Chicago sergeant in the U.S. Army Reserve bypassed the chain of command and asked two Illinois lawmakers to intervene when he thought his unit, set to deploy to Afghanistan, was woefully unprepared. Alejandro Villatoro, 28, is one of about 160 soldiers from across the Midwest in the 656th Transportation Company, based in Hobart, Ind. He said he didn't want his unit to be unprepared like his was in 2003. In Kuwait, Villatoro said, his unit conducted missions with trucks used in the Korean War and trained using Vietnam tactics, like digging foxholes. When his unit invaded Iraq, some soldiers did so with scant bullets. More

House votes to exempt TRICARE from health reform bill
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From March 23, 2010: House lawmakers voted to protect TRICARE and Defense non-appropriated fund health care beneficiaries from unintended consequences of national health reform. The exemption (H.R. 4887) applies to the health care coverage provided by the Defense Department to military service members, retirees and their families. More

Guard, Reserve officers get chance at active duty
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From Jan. 26, 2010: National Guard and Army Reserve officers have a shot at receiving a Regular Army appointment and serving on active duty through a program available. The Call to Active Duty program is open to lieutenants of the Individual Ready Reserve, as well as basic-branch Guard and Reserve captains, majors and lieutenant colonels. More

Lawmaker fears 'chasm' between troops and public
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From Nov. 16, 2010: Rep. Ike Skelton, the outgoing chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, said that he fears the development of "a chasm" between U.S. military troops and the rest of the citizenry. For the 24th straight year, Skelton, D-Mo., was the keynote speaker at the Veterans Day ROTC breakfast at Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania. It was his first public event since Republican Vicky Hartzler defeated him in the recent mid-term election. More

Reserve group: Neutrality on gay ban misinterpreted
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From March 2, 2010: The 88-year-old Reserve Officers Association finds itself an unlikely central player in the debate over gays in the military — all because the group voted Feb. 10 not to have an opinion on the subject. More

Guard was snubbed with NorthCom pick
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From Jan. 19, 2010: The Obama administration's decision to nominate a career active-duty Navy officer to head the U.S. Northern Command is causing a ripple of discontent among senior National Guard officers who thought the time had come for a reserve component general officer to take that job. More

Vermont Guard discrimination case reopened
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From Feb. 23, 2010: The U.S. Department of Labor has reopened the cases of four Vermont National Guardsmen who alleged they were discriminated against, while working at Vermont's prison in Springfield. More

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