SARCA Membership Meeting
12-13 October 2019

Walter E. Washington Convention Center


Jonathan Woodson, MD
Director, Institute for Health System
Innovation & Policy at Boston University
and former Assistant Secretary of Defense

Mr. Woodson served as the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs for the Department of Defense from 2010-2016.  He provided background information on the Military Health System and the Joint Concept of Health Services.  He discussed the current state of the Defense Health Agency and the transfer of the Military Treatment Facilities to the Defense Health Agency.  The second and third order effects of eliminating backfill medical structure and capability for the MTFs is still being analyzed.  In his military capacity as a Major General, he serves as the Commander, Army Reserve Medical Command.


Major General (Ret) Mari K. Eder
Former Assistant Chief of Public Affairs, US Army
President and CEO, Bensons Review

MG (Ret.) Eder provided an overview of the American College of National Security Leaders, an organization comprised of retired Admirals, Generals, Senior Government Executives and Ambassadors.  The organization provides an experienced and non-partisan voice to national security discussions by informing the debates, influencing decision-makers and educating the public. She updated the members on their strategic areas of focus Afghanistan, the All-Volunteer Force, American Values and Norms, Diplomatic Readiness, the Environment, and Partnerships with Allies and Friends.  Check out the organization website at:


Steve Austin
Senior Executive Service
Assistant Chief, Army Reserve

Mr. Austin presented a great overview and update  of today's Army Reserve.  Among the areas he discussed were the ready and relevant role of the Army Reserve to our National Military Strategy, integration of the 75th Innovation Command, equipment fielding priorities, and strength management.  He also provided information on Full Time Support (FTS) manning, both military and civilian.  He indicated SARCA can assist in getting the word out about the great efforts of the Army Reserve to include providing scholarships, disaster relief and community involvement.



Colonel Markus Lewis
Army Reserve Military Executive
Army Reserve Force Policy Committee

The Army Reserve Forces Policy (ARFPC) resides in the Office of the Secretary of the Army.  The committee is made up of general officers of the Army Reserve and the National that reviews and comments upon major policy matters affecting the reserve components of the Army and the mobilization preparedness of the Army. COL Lewis provided an update on the ARFPC mission, goals and objectives.  SARCA offered to be a source of feedback and provide input to the ARFPC as they develop their initiatives. Several current and former members of the ARFPC are SARCA members.


SARCA Hall of Fame Induction

Two long-time Association members were inducted into the SARCA during the meeting. The honorees were Major Generals (Retired) Robert Silverthorn and Rita Broadway, both former SARCA presidents.  Additionally, General Broadway is the Association's current president.

The ceremony was officiated by Lieutenant General (Ret) Thomas Plewes, a former Commander of the Army Reserve who is also a past president of the Association and a member of the Hall of Fame.

In 1994 the Association's Hall of Fame was established to "recognize members who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and dedication to SARCA's mission, programs, and ideals. Further, it is to serve as an inspiration to all SARCA members to emulate the efforts `beyond the call of duty' put forth by those achieving this distinction."


Saturday Dinner

We had a good turnout for a delicious dinner and wonderful conversation at the Army Navy Club in Washington, DC on Saturday night. 




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