FRA Co-Sponsors House Guard and Reserve Caucus
FRA joined 12 other
military and veterans’ organizations in cosponsoring the 16th
annual House Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast on Capitol Hill this
week. Reps. Duncan Hunter (Calif.) and Tim Walz
The keynote speaker was Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs) Paul D. Patrick, who is a former Army Reserve Major General. He discussed the upcoming Quadrennial Defense Review (2014) and its potential impact on the Reserve Component, and predicted constrained budgets for Defense for the foreseeable future, resulting in active duty end-strength reductions. This will require the Reserve Component to remain as an integral and important operational reserve force. He suggested that Reservists will likely be required to undertake at least one 12-month deployment during six-year enlistments.