| FRA Today – October 2017
FROM THE FANTAIL 4
sHIPMATE FORUM 5
ON AND OFF CAPITOL HILL 6
Building Ships for the Navy: Making A Better Navy 10
Why Testing for insulin resistance is a good idea 14
THE WALL STORY 17
new scholarship year commences 19
AUXILIARY OF THE FRA NEWS 20
SHIPMATE NEWS 21
Reunions/Looking For… 25
FINANCE MATTERS 26
IN MEMORY OF…THOMAS A. HEANEY 27
Your 2018 Calendar is Here!
This issue of FRAtoday contains your 2018 Fleet Reserve Association Calendar! I hope you can use this colorful and dynamic calendar. This year we changed some things up, based upon feedback from Shipmates who took the time to share their thoughts about how to improve the calendar.
Once suggestion was to move the second and third pages, the ones with the summary of the next year (2019) and the headquarters contact information pages, to be the next to last pages this year. It allows someone the ability to hang the calendar up on a wall and every time they need to look up a telephone number at headquarters, they will not have to take the calendar off the wall and turn back to the beginning. I know the explanation seems convoluted and clunky, BUT if you compare this year to the 2017 version, you will immediately see how it makes complete sense!
Also, again this year, we used official Navy, Marine and Coast Guard images found online at the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) website. Much thought and reason went into the images selected for the various months. The HQ staff all looks forward to another great year assisting our loyal Shipmates! Just call if you have any questions, (800) FRA-1924. FRA
In Loyalty, Protection and Service,
Bill Stevenson is FRA’s Director of Communications and serves as the Managing Editor of FRA Today. Please contact him at email@example.com.
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FROM THE FANTAIL
Happy “242th Birthday” to our Marines and Sailors! 2-4-2! Our Regional conventions are finished; we have new leaders and are ready to move forward and expand our Association. In August we received word from the IRS that FRA cleared the final hurdle to “push forward” on our FRA Veteran Service Foundation. Much work was carefully planned and executed in recent months to meet this milestone, of expanding our Veterans Service ideology and mission. I would like to thank the many Shipmates’ who volunteered to be service officers. This is not just a title or merely an interest, but rather a total commitment to the Veteran Community as well as being advocates for our Active Duty, Reserve, and Retiree communities.
In moving this along, I would just like to plant an idea for your future branch planning: Motivate, Activate, & Perpetuate, MAP! Tell all Veterans in your communities that the Fleet Reserve Association has its own foundation, ONE for ONE to assist them. Visit your VA Community and be the face of FRA, the helping hands in VA Hospitals, Centers and other “hubs” where Veterans are gathered. This month I will be traveling to the University of Memphis to participate in a forum for both student-vets and university officials on this issue. The goal or common denominator is to ease the educational transitional cost process toward earning a degree. I received the call from a Shipmate, loud and clear, who wants me to take notes and ask the university just how FRA can help them and help our Mid-South MSU-Tiger Vets already on campus. It’s an education venture for all.
Shipmates, remember when I mentioned 2-4-2? That was not a “catch-all phrase” but a proposal for everyone to give “2” this year. I realize not everyone has access to a base, ships, etc., however, there are Reserve and Recruiting Offices, currently receiving FRAtoday that we can visit.
CREATE, MAKE & ACCEPT CHANGE! “What’s in your wallet?” was not created overnight. It was a long and well thought out marketing concept. Shipmates, we need to get out, and become part of “the pack.” Here are a few ways:
• Parents today are looking for financial assistance (a millennial attitude). This stems for our Essay and Scholarship Programs. Folks that I spoke with were amazed the FRA provided nearly $90,000 in scholarships last year. But, it starts at the local schools, in the 7-12 grades levels. If you would like an introductory letter, for your local school, please let me know.
• Visit the Career (Recruiting) and Reserve Centers. Both CMC’s of these commands have actively endorsed and encouraged FRA to get involved.
• Have a “Branch Retention Team” that will review monthly reports of who is coming up for renewal and yes, those who have missed their renewals. Try mailing a letter, a phone call and/or an email—they all work.
Currently our “calls program” at headquarters has a 30% success rate. Imagine what YOU can do, locally!
Shipmates, I realize I have provided many different ideas, however, it is more than an interest of mine; but a real gut feeling to commitment. Veteran foundations, Community and Career/Reserve Centers, Essay/Scholarships programs, Sailors and Marines have been doing this for more than 2-4-2 years so “hull in on that anchor,” release “wire 3,” “full blasts” to the surface and “lock and load” for 2017-2018. PRESS ON! FRA
Thomas J. Snee is the FRA's National Executive Director and can be reached at NEDFRA@fra.org
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