if anyone else runs into this problem, adding an inputText field with a style set to invisible fixes the problem, but I would really like a better fix here!!!!
Here is the code to add if you run into this problem...
<h:inputText id="dummy" value="dummyField" required="true" maxlength="20" style="visibility:hidden;"> </h:inputText>
have you tried adding s:defaultAction tag to your submit button?