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ROA Department of Minnesota Congressional Breakfast. LtCol Doug Kveene, President LTC Karl Rasmussen, Director, Legislative Affairs. OVERVIEW. Reserve Presence in Minnesota Spotlight: 934 th Airlift Wing, USAF Reserve Legislative Priorities Reserve Compensation Review

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roa department of minnesota congressional breakfast

ROA Department of Minnesota Congressional Breakfast

LtCol Doug Kveene, President

LTC Karl Rasmussen, Director, Legislative Affairs

overview
OVERVIEW
  • Reserve Presence in Minnesota
  • Spotlight: 934th Airlift Wing, USAF Reserve
  • Legislative Priorities
    • Reserve Compensation Review
    • Military Construction
    • Tax Relief for Reservists

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minnesota reservists
Minnesota Reservists

* Does not include roughly 12,600 MN Army and Air National Guard personnel

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minnesota reservists1
Minnesota Reservists
  • Over 8,000 Reservists reside in Minnesota
  • Reservists in all congressional districts
  • All services have members activated

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spotlight 934 th airlift wing us air force reserve

Spotlight: 934th Airlift WingUS Air Force Reserve

Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP Air Reserve Station

the wing
The Wing
  • Mission:
    • Provide theater air transport to combat commanders anywhere in the world
  • Aircraft:
    • C-130H2
  • Cargo:
    • Personnel
    • Equipment
    • Paratroopers

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current operations
Current Operations
  • Operation Iraqi Freedom
  • Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan)
  • Operation Noble Eagle (Homeland Defense)
  • Coronet Oak (Caribbean)
  • Joint Forge (Kosovo)

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the base
The Base
  • Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP Air Reserve Station
  • Winner of Air Force Reserve Command’s 2003 Installation Excellence Award
    • Finest Base in the Air Force Reserve

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base highlights
Base Highlights
  • 934 AW hosts the largest joint-use military facility in Minnesota
  • Perimeter now includes:
    • Navy / Marine Corps Reserve Center (USN/USMC)
    • 88th RRC (Army)
    • 133rd AW (Air National Guard)

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base highlights1
Base Highlights
  • 934 AW provides numerous joint-use facilities, including:
    • The North Country Inn
    • Physical Fitness Center
    • Family Support Center
    • Base Exchange

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base highlights2
Base Highlights
  • 934 AW provides numerous joint-use facilities, including:
    • Officers’ Club
    • Enlisted Club
    • Military Clothing Sales Store
    • Small Arms Firing Range

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934 aw employment impact
934 AW Employment Impact

Source: 934 AW/FM 2003 Economic Impact Analysis

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934 aw economic impact
934 AW Economic Impact

Source: 934 AW/FM 2003 Economic Impact Analysis

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legislative priorities1
Legislative Priorities
  • Reserve Compensation Review
  • Military Construction
  • Tax Relief for Reservists

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compensation review
Compensation Review
  • Pay Inequity
    • Example: Special Duty Pay
  • Benefit Inequity
    • Example: TriCare Coverage
  • Retirement Inequity
    • Age 60 versus immediate

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military construction
Military Construction

Joint-use requirements at Mpls-St. Paul ARS:

  • Upgrade security facilities to meet post-9/11 terrorist threats
  • Upgrade passenger and cargo processing facility to meet increased activation and deployment requirements
  • Upgrade Physical Fitness Center

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tax relief for reservists
Tax Relief for Reservists
  • Restore tax deductibility of non-reimbursed expenses
    • Uniforms, hotel, mileage expenses
  • Provide tax credits for employers of reservists
    • Offset costs related to employee activation

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what we need1
What we need
  • Support a thorough review of Reserve compensation and retirement benefits
  • Support joint-use military construction projects at Minneapolis-St. Paul IAP ARS
  • Support a plan for tax relief for reservists and their employers

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thank you

Thank you!

Reserve Officers Association

Department of Minnesota, ROA P. O. Box 11769

St. Paul, MN 55111-0769