CAPT Marshall Hanson
The annual Senate Reserve Caucus Breakfast was held at the Minuteman Memorial building last Thursday with about 90 attendees from Senate offices, industry, the Pentagon, and the National Guard Bureau. This breakfast provides an opportunity for Reserve Chiefs and National Guard Directors to talk about their top three issues in an informal gathering. Lieutenant Generals Charles Stenner, Chief of the Air Force Reserve, Jack Stultz, Chief of the Army Reserve, and Harry Wyatt, Director of the Air National Guard attended. They were joined by General Craig McKinley, Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Vice Admiral Dirk Debbink, Chief of the Navy Reserve, Major General Raymond Carpenter, Acting Director of the Army National Guard, Rear Admiral Daniel May, Coast Guard, Director of Reserve and Leadership, and Colonel Steve McNulty, representing the Commander of the Marine Forces Reserve. Such topics as equipment requirements, military construction, the continuum of service, the effects of deployment and support for the serving members were highlighted.
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Senators and co-chairs Saxby Chambliss (R, Ga.) and Mark Pryor (D, Ark.) spoke about the budget, equipment, challenges, and their commitment to the Reserve Components. As keynote speaker, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Reserve Affairs Dennis McCarthy spoke about the Total Force, resulting changes in the roles of the Reserve Component, and what was needed to continue it as a rotational force even after Iraq and Afghanistan wind down.
The breakfast was opened by Senate Chaplain Barry Black, a retired Navy Rear Admiral. It should be noted the RADM May was joined by his relief RDML Sandra Stosz at the breakfast; the turnover of command occurred on April 28. Hosted by the Senate Reserve Caucus, it was cosponsored by ROA, the Reserve Enlisted Association, the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States, the Navy Enlisted Reserve Association, the Association of the US Army, and the Association of the U.S. Navy.