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2LT James Trakas
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4094 Sullivant Avenue
Columbus, OH 43228-2127
james.trakas@ohmr.ohio.gov
IN THE NEWS
To the Colors! OHMR Newsletter Winter 2017 Edition - 2LT James P. Trakas
By CPT Dean Lewis
Posted 04 FEB 2017

Brigade:

Please find The Summer Edition of To The Colors! OHMR's quarterly newsletter linked below.

Your feedback and comments are welcome and always appreciated.  Thank you for serving the people of Ohio, your service is most valued.

To the Colors, 2017 Winter Addition

V/r

2LT James P. Trakas

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Command Philosophy Memorandums
By CPT Dean Lewis
Posted 21 DEC 2016

ALCON,

COL Vasquez has published Command Policies.  These are now located in the OKO Reference Library.  Some of these policies are intended as bridge documents until OHMR Regulations or SOPs can be revised.  To review these policies, visit the Reference Library and filter by Command Policies.

CPT Lewis

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OR 600-8-22 Brigade Awards Program - Update
By CPT Dean Lewis
Posted 02 JUN 2016

Troops,

Note that the following regulation has been updated and posted on OKO.

OR 600-8-22 Brigade Awards Program with Incorporated Change 1

 

1LT Lewis

 

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IT Support Tree
By CPT Dean Lewis
Posted 01 FEB 2016

The Brigade Information Technology Section is making great strides in moving the OHMR forward with innovative technology initiatives.  During Brigade drills the section is working diligently to bring these initiatives to fruition.  With this in mind we need to assure that they can devote their time and attention to these initiatives.  Time available for 1LT Lewis and SFC List is taken up with walk-ins and individuals wanting to talk with them. 

The majority of issues that arise regarding OKO login and problems can be resolved by CPL Travis Fisher (travis.fisher@ohmr.ohio.gov) in lieu of going to either 1LT Dean Lewis or SFC Ethan List.  CPL Fisher has just been reassigned from the HHC to the IT Section and will provide level 1 support.  He is a valuable asset and can resolve and address any issues that come up.

During Brigade drill if any issues or questions arise regarding OKO or information technology address these issues with CPL Fisher.  CPL Fisher will remedy these issues and if he is unable to resolve your problem(s) CPL Fisher will make an appointment with either 1LT Lewis or SFC List for you. 

 

Thank you,

Brigade S1-IT Staff

 

 

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MG Harris Attends HHC Holiday Party
By SFC Ethan List
Posted 24 DEC 2015

As we approach the New Year of 2016, HHC 4th CSSB celebrated with a fine Holiday Party in December, which was enjoyed by many soldiers and their families. OHMR was honored to have strong representation from Ohio National Guard. Officers and senior NCO's volunteered to serve troops their holiday meal, and the spirit of Christmas was everywhere during a fine afternoon of fellowship and family. Wishing everyone many great blessings in the season, with a message of good will towards all humanity, a universal and ecumenical message for all.

Assistant Adjutant General, Army MG John C. Harris, Jr. inspired OHMR soldiers at the annual Brigade Holiday Party. MG Harris spoke in admiration of the dedication to duty and strong training that are the hallmark of OHMR soldiers. His remarks were well received, and as always, 4th CSSB has trained troops, ready to serve, even during the Christmastide Season.

Please take a moment to count all the blessings of soldiering in OHMR, and take a moment to think of the inspired leadership of the Adjutant General that has proviced MG Harris and COL Woodall to lead our fine organization into another year. All soldiers make up the Brigade, but these officers lead us, and as this year ends, let us reflect on how fortunate we are to be lead by inspired, kind, and committed officers.

The following message was issued to all personnel by COL Wayne T. Woodall:

DURING THE CHRISTMAS SEASON OUR THOUGHTS ARE OF HOME AND LOVED ONES MORE THAN ANY OTHER HOLIDAY AND BINDS FAMILIES IN UNITY. MAY YOUR TIME WITH YOUR FAMILIES BE BLESSED AND MAY YOU RECALL THIS YEAR OF SERVICE IN THE OHIO MILITARY RESERVE WITH HONOR AND PRIDE.

MY BEST WISHES TO EACH OF YOU AND YOUR FAMILIES FOR THE CHRISTMAS SEASON.

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Equal Opportunity Memorandum
By CPT Dean Lewis
Posted 24 APR 2015

 OHMR-S1                                                                                             26 March 2015

MEMORANDUM FOR All OHMR Personnel - This document is also accessable in OKO Library

SUBJECT:   Equal Opportunity

1.      The Ohio Military Reserve (OHMR) Equal Opportunity (EO) is a program designed to maximize human potential and to ensure fair and equitable treatment for all personnel.  The goal of EO is to eliminate illegal discrimination for military members and prevent sexual harassment.  This includes eliminating discriminatory behaviors or practices that undermine respect, values, loyalty, teamwork, morale, and respect. 

2.      The OHMR will not tolerate sexual harassment.   All soldiers have the right to work in an environment that is free from sexual harassment.  Sexual harassment includes:

a.    Verbal expressions that are unwanted words or sounds of a sexual nature that can create a hostile environment when overheard by others. Sexual harassment includes comments directed toward an individual or particular group of individuals. 

b.    Nonverbal gestures that are suggestive in nature by the actions or body movements that are intended to be seen by others.  Nonverbal sexual harassment includes printed material.  

c.    Unwelcomed physical contact constitutes both sexual harassment and sexual assault. 

3.      The Brigade S1 is the OHMR EO Office for the command and is responsible for implementing the Brigade-wide program.  Currently the Brigade S1 EO Officer position on the Table of Distribution and Allowances (TDA) is vacant.  As an interim measure I am appointing Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) (OH) Bonnie E. Myers the additional duty as the EO Officer.  LTC Myers has extensive knowledge in the EO arena having previously served as the Defense Investigative Service Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Federal Women’s Program Manager. 

4.      The Brigade S1 is currently reviewing and rewriting OHMR Regulation 600-21, 1 July 2011, Equal Opportunity (EO) Program.  This will include the incorporation of the Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention (SHARP) program. 

5.      Major Subordinate Command (MSC) Commanders will immediately notify the Brigade S1, LTC Bonnie Myers, if allegations of discrimination and/or sexual harassment surface.  LTC Myers will then notify both the Brigade Commander and Inspector General (IG) to determine the appropriate arena to handle the allegations.  Generally, informal allegations of discrimination and/or sexual harassment are handled at the lowest command level.  However, more serious allegations may more appropriately be handled by the EO Officer or IG.  Additionally, allegations of misconduct may have previously surfaced with the IG and these allegations would be more appropriately handled by the IG. 

6.      Each MSC should immediately appoint an EO Advisor and notify the Brigade S1 EO Officer of the nominee.   This EO advisor will have an additional duty of EO Advisor as the TDA does not include EO Advisor positions.

7.      Point of Contact is the undersigned, robert.myers@ohmr.ohio.gov, (636) 578-2502.

FOR THE COMMANDER:   

ROBERT L. MYERS II

LTC (OH), SDF

S1 Personnel and Administration

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Individual Responsibility for Active and Retired OHMR Identification (ID) Cards
By SFC Ethan List
Posted 28 JAN 2015

MEMORANDUM FOR All Active and Retired Members of the Ohio Military Reserve

1.  The OHMR Active and Retired ID cards are for internal (within the OHMR) administration identification purposes.  Your ID card will be used for electronic check in at annual training.  Currently the brigade IT section is working to provide a unit level drill attendance check in system scan.

2.  Currently you will not use your OHMR ID card for any other identification purposes.  Under no circumstances will you display your OHMR ID card to gain entry into ANY state, federal facility, military installation or local government agency.  Your OHMR ID card will be confiscated and you may be detained.  This has happened to several of our service members.

3.  Our OHMR ID card is under review by the Ohio Adjutant General’s Department and the National Guard.  When approval for general use is granted, you will be notified by this office.

4.  LOST OHMR ID CARDS:  Effective 1 May 2015, there will be a ten dollar ($10.00) replacement fee for a lost ID card (active or retired).  The ID card is not personal property; it is OHMR governmental property and must be safeguarded and secured by the individual service member.  Active OHMR ID cards will be surrendered upon a soldier’s discharge, retirement or separation.  A new Retired ID will be issued to the retired OHMR member.

5.  Point of Contact is robert.myers@ohmr.ohio.gov, (636) 578-2502.

Download the official memo HERE.

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