When we are finished in Iraq and Afghanistan, the world will still be facing the threat of terrorists, as these extremists blatantly remind us. Because of the continued commitment of our Reservists, I am going to continue President Pattillo's theme of honoring the Citizen Warrior.
ROA PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE radm paul t. kayye, MC, USnr (RET.) • ROA NATIONAL PRESIDENT Re-energizing ROA for Those Who Serve T his past year, ROA National President COL Ladd staff positions are being converted to a contractual rela- Pattillo, USAR (Ret.), declared his term as “The tionship; teleconferencing instead of face-to-face meet- Year of the Citizen Warrior.” We are still engaged ings are now routine; and, painful as it was to make this in a global war on terrorism, and no end appears in sight. change, we are conducting only one annual meeting a year, As of the middle of August, there were in the winter in Washington, D.C., 143,105 Guard and Reserve Soldiers, though the National Council will Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast I believe that a majority of continue to meet in a scaled-back Guard members on active duty. When gathering in the summer. In addition we are finished in Iraq and Afghanistan, our members want ROA to reducing expenditures, we are ex- the world will still be facing the threat to be more efficient in its ploring ways to increase revenue. of terrorists, as these extremists blatantly Keeping membership up has been management and more a challenge for many years, and this remind us. Because of the continued commitment responsive to the needs of its is where the grassroots of ROA— of our Reservists, I am going to continue membership. the departments and chapters—can President Pattillo’s theme of honoring the be of great help. I cannot, nor can Citizen Warrior. I can think of nothing the ROA staff, tackle the member- more appropriate or important at this ship problem alone. I don’t have a time, and I take the liberty of quoting from his column in monopoly on ideas that can entice and keep new (or old) the September 2008 issue of The Officer: members involved. Setting up a committee to call new members in your Let us not forget that many of our Citizen War- department, to call members who transfer in to your de- riors were not members of the armed forces on Sept. partment, and to call delinquent members can make a dif- 11, 2001. They were regular Americans—high
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