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MOAA News

MOAA 2013 Year in Review

ADM Ryan Makes the Case for Not Cutting Troop Pay (2:43)

September 6, 2013
This week, President Obama sent a letter to Congress stating that he is using his authority under law to cap the active duty military pay raise at 1 percent.
MOAA’s President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan, USN (Ret) responds to the President’s announcement in this video imploring Congress to maintain the 1.8 percent pay raise established under law.
Comparability can’t work unless it’s sustained through both good and bad times.
The President has executive authority to notify Congress of an alternative pay adjustment affecting active duty military pay, if the President considers the adjustment necessary due to national emergency or economic concerns. He is required to do so by September 1 before the implementation year.
Under current law, the active duty pay raise would be 1.8%. In the 2004 National Defense Authorization Act, Congress passed a law tying future military pay raises in the private sector, as measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Cost Index (ECI). Over the past twelve years, Congress worked hard to eliminate a 13.5% pay gap caused by repeatedly capping military raises below private sector pay growth in the 1980s and ‘90s.
As the FY14 defense authorization bill moves forward, the two chambers don’t see eye-to-eye on the scheduled pay raise. Earlier this year, the House rejected the administration’s pay cap and authorized a 1.8 percent raise, while the Senate Armed Services Committee supported the cap of 1.0 percent.

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Special Franchising Opportunities for Veterans Announced (2:57)

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The Map That Shows What America’s Spies Are Worried About

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How dangerous is the world? Listen to what leaders in the intelligence community are saying and it’s frightening.
Officials from America’s spy agencies testified before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Tuesday on the “Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community,” an annual report that explains the biggest national security threats.
Besides the usual international hotspots—terrorism from the Middle East, Chinese militarization and Iran’s nuclear weapons program—many topical threats including organized crime, food and energy crises, and global pandemics are areas that are a growing concern to intelligence officials.
“Looking back over my more than half a century in intelligence, I have not experienced a time when we have been beset by more crises and threats around the globe,” Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the committee. “My list is long. It includes the scourge and diversification of terrorism loosely connected and now globally dispersed, to include here at home, as exemplified by the Boston Marathon bombing.” More

Chinese hypersonic weapon poses major challenge

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BY: Bill Gertz
January 31, 2014 5:00 am
China’s testing of a new ultra-high-speed maneuvering warhead represents a major threat to U.S. military forces, a Pentagon intelligence official said on Thursday.
Lee Fuell, a technical intelligence specialist with the Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center, said during a congressional China commission hearing that the recent test of what the Pentagon has called the WU-14 hypersonic glide vehicle “represents a considerable challenge.
“It is very difficult to defend against,” Fuell told the U.S. China Economic and Security Review Commission during a hearing on China’s military buildup. He noted that the weapon is “an area of great concern.”
The Washington Free Beacon first disclosed the test of an experimental hypersonic glide vehicle on Jan. 9. The vehicle appears to be an unpowered maneuvering vehicle that is lofted to near space and then is guided to its target at speeds of up to Mach 10 or nearly 8,000 miles per hour.
Chinese military commentators said the vehicle is planned for use in potential attacks against aircraft carriers at sea. More

GI Bill Complaint System Now Online

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The Departments of Veterans Affairs, Defense, Education and Justice, along with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission announced today the launch of a new online complaint system designed to collect feedback from veterans, servicemembers and their families who are experiencing problems with educational institutions receiving funding from Federal military and veterans educational benefits programs, including benefits programs provided by the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the DoD Military Tuition Assistance Program.
The centralized online reporting system is designed for veterans, servicemembers and eligible dependents to report negative experiences with educational institutions; and gives the federal government the information needed to identify and address unfair, deceptive, and misleading practices and ensure high quality academic and student support services are available for veterans, service members, and their families.
Students can submit a complaint if they believe their school is failing to follow the Principles of Excellence through the centralized online reporting system accessed via the Department of Defense and GI Bill websites. More

Best Western Discount Program Also Benefits Fisher House

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Best Western International is starting off the new year with the launch of its new Best Western Service RewardsSM program, a unique loyalty offering created specifically for the 1.8 million active duty U.S. and Canadian military personnel and their families.
Members of the Best Western Service Rewards program will receive a discount of 10 percent or more on room rates at Best Western hotels, plus an automatic upgrade to Best Western Rewards® Gold Elite status, allowing them to earn 10 percent bonus points on each qualified stay.
For every stay a member makes, Best Western will donate an additional 10 percent of the points earned to the Fisher House Foundation Hotels for Heroes program on their behalf!
Registration information and complete details on the Service Rewards program can be found at bwmilitary.com.
Looking for more military-only travel discounts? Visit http://www.moaa.org/traveloffers to find packages and deals for servicemembers, veterans and their families on everything from hotels and resorts to vacation activities and weddings!
MOAA members also have access to a member-only travel service with special pricing and offers.

Operation Warfighter

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From our friends at the Real Warriors Campaign, a great opportunity for recovering active duty servicemembers and National Guard and reservists in a medical hold status to find meaningful and supportive employment in an internship setting:
Operation Warfighter provides the opportunity for service members to build their resumes, explore different job positions, obtain formal and on-the-job training and gain valuable federal government work experience. By partnering with Operation Warfighter, federal employers have a unique opportunity to connect with recovering service members and learn about their needs and challenges, as well as benefit from their skill sets, motivation and strong work ethic.
To qualify for participation in Operation Warfighter, service members must be U.S. citizens serving on active duty. To find an internship, or to make one available to recovering service members, please contact PR-OperationWarFighter@osd.mil.
For more information on this transformative program for recovering warriors, visit the Real Warrior website.

Student Veterans of America Scholarships

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Student Veterans of America (SVA) announced the launch of three new scholarships made possible through partnerships with premier national and global corporations. As part of their commitment to veteran success, these leading companies have teamed up with SVA to help alleviate the financial burden shouldered by many veterans in higher education.
Find out if you’re eligible to apply, and start reaching for your educational goals:
The Rockwell Collins-SVA Wounded Veteran Scholarship will award five (5) scholarships to wounded student veterans in the amount of $5,000 each.Deadline is February 28, 2014.
The SVA-NBCUniversal Scholarship will award two (2) $12,000 scholarships to veterans pursuing degrees in film, television, media, or communications. Deadline is March 14, 2014.
The Disney-SVA Scholarship will award three (3) scholarships at $10,000 each to student veterans pursuing a degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Deadline is April 01, 2014.
And for another educational assistance option, check out www.moaa.org/scholarship. You’ll find information on MOAA’s interest-free loans and grants. But hurry, the deadline to apply for the 2014-2015 school year is March 3 at noon EST!

Take the Survey about Veterans Retention

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The fact that many veterans ultimately leave their initial post-military job is well known, but the reasons behind this attrition and the ways employers can best increase retention have yet to be quantified. In order to gather the necessary data, VetAdvisor® and the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) today launched a nationwide Veterans Job Retention Survey.
The Veterans Job Retention Survey focuses on determining the reasons why veterans leave their initial post-military jobs. Because this data has not been previously captured, the survey will provide insight into how organizations can best structure their veteran-centric employee programs. All interested veterans and service members are encouraged to participate in the survey.
The Veterans Job Retention Work Survey will be conducted online at www.retainingvets.org with a goal of recruiting 5,000 participants.
Read the full press release, “National Veterans Retention Work Survey Launched; IVMF and VetAdvisor® Partner to Gather Retention Data” for more information on the survey and partnership.
MOAA partnered with the Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University (IVMF) to conduct a study last fall on military spouse employment issues. The results of that study are set to be announced at the end of February. Visit www.moaa.org/milspousesurvey for more information and survey results as they’re released.

JP Morgan Sponsoring Military Spouse Symposia

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Alexandria, Va. (PRWEB) January 09, 2014
Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) announces receipt of a grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co. that will help create three regional military spouse symposia in 2014, beginning in San Antonio Feb. 12. The second will be in the Washington, D.C., metro area, and the third location is under consideration.
The grant enables the expansion of MOAA’s seven-year initiative to conduct an all-day professional-development conference titled “Keeping a Career on the Move®.” This program offers a unique opportunity for military spouses to engage with employers and attend informative workshops specially designed for local military spouses who are looking for employment or preparing for a future career.
“MOAA is extremely appreciative of JPMorgan Chase’s generosity that allows us to expand our spouse symposia program,” MOAA President Vice Adm. Norb Ryan said. “We know this program delivers information and support to military spouses who want to create, continue or enhance a career in this mobile lifestyle. MOAA is known for providing personal, face-to-face support to all military spouses, and this grant helps us deliver our award-winning program across the country.”
“JPMorgan Chase is committed to hiring and retaining military spouses from all armed services, and we are proud to partner with MOAA to create better career opportunities for them,” said Maureen Casey, head of military and veterans affairs at JPMorgan Chase. “We understand the challenges military spouses face as they try to balance careers with the unique demands of military life, and we want to help position them for success." More

National Guard members 'vital' to storm response South Carolina trooper says

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By Sgt. Brian Calhoun
South Carolina National Guard
HARLEYVILLE, S.C. (1/30/14) - As Winter Storm Leon was gearing up to blast the southeastern portion of the United States with snow and ice, members of the South Carolina National Guard at the Joint Operations Center (JOC) in West Columbia, S.C., kept a watchful eye on weather maps and began preparations to address potential impacts around the state.
The South Carolina troops were among about 780 National Guard members who responded in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina and South Carolina after governors declared states of emergency.
A closer look at the South Carolina response:
By mid-day Tuesday, Gov. Nikki Haley declared a state of emergency and the JOC, working in support of the South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD), executed its first official request for support. The tasking was to launch four wrecker teams to be ready to assist the South Carolina Department of Public Safety.
Within hours, the individual wrecker teams were making final checks on equipment and getting prepared for around-the-clock operations. One wrecker team consists of eight Soldiers, one wrecker and two Humvees.
The teams moved to strategic locations throughout the state in Florence, North Charleston, Columbia and Orangeburg to support the South Carolina Highway Patrol in aiding motorists and keeping the roadways clear.
"Our teams were given radios by the highway patrol and were in direct communication with state troopers and monitored the situation throughout the night," said Maj. Andrew Newell, night battle captain of the JOC and officer in charge. More

Last serving Vietnam War veteran CW5 Eric Seymore in SC National Guard retires

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By Renee Standera
After nearly 44 years of military service, including duty in Vietnam, the last serving Vietnam War veteran in the South Carolina Army National Guard is retiring. A retirement ceremony is Sunday for Chief Warrant Officer Eric Seymore.
Seymore began his military career in 1970, after Basic Combat Training at Fort Polk, La. and attended flight school at Fort Rucker, Ala. In 1971, he flew the UH-1H (Huey) helicopter for the 114th Assault Helicopter Company in Vinh Long, Vietnam. There he flew more than 900 combat hours.
After completing his combat tour, he joined the S.C. Army National Guard in 1972 in St. Mathews, S.C. Seymore has flown 16 models of seven different airframes during his aviation career, including the UH-1H (Huey), OH-58 (Kiowa), AH-1G (Cobra), AH-64A (Apache) and UH-72A (Lakota).
Seymore's last job assignment was as the state's Command Chief Warrant Officer, and is the highest ranking warrant officer in the S.C. National Guard. During his military service, he earned many awards and decorations which include the Bronze Star, Air Medal with 21 device, Army Commendation Medal with three bronze oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medals with 2 Bronze stars, Vietnam Service Medal and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with DEV. More
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