USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                       February 2019

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A Message From Our President

     To all Members, Supporters and Friends:
The government shutdown is temporarily over, and now we cross our fingers that a budget resolution will transpire before the February 15th deadline.   Even with resolution the threat to your future pay must be fixed and we will continue to work with Congress for a permanent solution for all military services. We will be asking for your support to send letters to your elected officials when the time comes. Thank you to all of the people who sent the nearly 500,000 letters this last time.
For the most current updates, you can follow me on Facebook @cpoapresident. There, you will find the latest guidance from CPOA Board of Directors about the distribution of gift cards donated by the Coast Guard Foundation and the handling of donations given directly to Chapters and Branches.
On another note, the CPOA 51st convention and 50th anniversary gala celebration is right around the corner. Convention will convene on April 3rd and conclude on the 5th, and the gala will be held the evening of April 6th. We have been selling tickets extremely fast and recommend that if you plan on attending, you purchase your tickets soon. The website is #CPOA50th
Next, I want to personally thank each and every one of you for the hard work and dedication you have shown throughout this crisis. Every Chapter and Branch displayed the true spirit of why CPOA and CGEA exists. We are united in one cause to take care of each other and our Coast Guard family. Unity is strength!
Also, a special thank you to all of the Chiefs who volunteered at Headquarters to help coordinate phone calls to our Chapters and Branches!
Lastly, I am so proud of our CPOA Headquarters' staff, Randy Reid and Julie Behre. They have maintained the normal daily workload while communicating with partner organizations, Chapters, and Branches to coordinate relief efforts. Additionally they processed over 300 new memberships, and continued the work of planning our convention and gala. Thank you!
Semper Paratus!
BMCS Jon Ostrowski (Ret)
CPOA National President

As this crisis is not yet over, please take a minute to reach out to Congress to ensure they PAY OUR COASTGUARD!  

Call To Convention

2019 CPOA / CGEA National Convention
1.  This serves as official notification of our Association's Annual National Convention which will be held from 3 - 5 April 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2300 Dulles Corner Blvd, Herndon, Virginia 20171.

2.   All members in good standing have the right to speak on the Convention floor and vote on issues brought before the Assembly.  The USCG CPOA Operations Manual states that a quorum at an Annual Convention consists of a majority of those members in good standing in attendance.

3.   As this Convention has been been moved to April to facilitate the celebration of our 50th Anniversary, all Motions to Amend have been put on hold and will be addressed at our 2020 Convention. 

4.   Members wishing to dedicate this Convention to an individual, group, etc., shall petition the National President for approval.  Once approved, the National Office will be directed to notify everyone concerned and prepare presentation certificates.

5.  The tentative schedule for this year's Convention is available on the CPOA website at .

6.    Permissive orders are authorized.

7.  Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised, 11 th Edition, by Henry M. III Robert, Daniel H. Honemann, Thomas J. Balch, Daniel E. Seabold & Scmuel Gerber, published by Da Capo Press, shall be the Parliamentary authority.  

8.  Please keep in mind that this Convention leads into our 50 th Anniversary Gala to be held in the same hotel, Saturday the 6 th of April.  More information can be found at:
Yours in Service,
BMCS Jon Ostrowski (Ret.)
CPOA National President

Anniversary Gala
 Tickets Going Fast!

What better time to honor our long-time achievements and the future of what we can accomplish!

Celebrating 50 years of service to our fellow Chiefs, 
our Coast Guard Family, and our Communities.
April 6, 2019  |  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  |  Herndon, VA

The Coast Guard Silent Drill team is to perform, a string quartet will  play during dinner, and dancing after dinner will continue until 11 pm!

A hand-crafted legacy time capsule will be presented for all Honorable Chiefs in attendance to provide 
 "Words of Wisdom," Coast Guard, & CPOA memorabilia which will be locked up and placed in the soon to be constructed CG Museum...only to be opened at our 100th Anniversary in 2069.  

If you're not able to attend, please take the time to open your January issue of The Chief that includes a small pull-out that you can send to us and we'll ensure it's included in the time-capsule! 

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Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial
  "Nowhere in the country was there a memorial dedicated to the enlisted men and women who died in the performance of Coast Guard missions until now," said Thomas Dougherty, president, U.S. Coast Guard Enlisted Memorial Foundation".

CCCAF & Walter Gore Scholarship Open Season
Deadline 1 April

  Information on our Captain Caliendo College Assistance Fund (CCCAF) can be found here...

Our Walter Gore Scholarship information can be found here...



 Book of the Month
  Taking place during the most critical period of our nation's birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington's character, but also illuminates the origins of America's counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA.


Find Your Boot Camp Friends
   Interested to find old friends you went to Boot Camp with? If so, Together We Served has made it even easier.

   They have extended their unique "Also There" feature to find more members who were in Boot Camp at the same time as you. Even if they could not remember their training company or platoon, we can match you based on location and start month.
   All you need to do is enter whatever boot camp details you can recall and we will find other members who trained alongside you!
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