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Final 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 & The Coast Guard Pipe Band are 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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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...



Military OneSource Benefit Now Available to Veterans

1. Military OneSource is now available to veterans and their families for a full year after separating from the military to ensure all service members and their families have access to comprehensive support as they transition to civilian life. This benefit is extended to Coast Guard veterans and their families.
2. Military OneSource provides information, resources and support at no cost. Military OneSource gives exclusive access to programs, tools, and benefits designed to help ensure veterans and their families are able to thrive in their post-military lives.
3. Military OneSource offers a wide range of services to include help with relocation, 
tax support, financial planning, health and wellness coaching, as well as confidential non-medical counseling and specialty consultations for spouse employment, education, adoption, elder care, special needs and much more. 
4. Military OneSource services are accessible 24/7, service members and family members can call Military OneSource at 800-342-9647 or go to
5. Active and reserve Coast Guard members have access to similar benefits through CG SUPRT until their last day of Coast Guard service. This benefit is accessed via the CG SUPRT website at or by calling 855-CGSUPRT (247-8778).
6. For questions concerning this ALCOAST, please contact the following Program Managers - Ms. Christiania Montminy, Employee Assistance Program at (202) 475-5156 or, or Mr. Rodney Whaley, Transition and Relocation Program Manager at (202) 475-5158 or
7. RADM Erica G. Schwartz, Director Health, Safety, and Work-Life, sends.



 Book of the Month
  In Outside the Wire in Blue, co-authors and American police officers, James "JT" Taman and David Shearman, dramatically reveal the highly successful but little known DOD civilian law enforcement program born out of the 2006 campaign against the insurgency in Fallujah, Iraq. 


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!
To obtain your Free Full Membership, please go to this   special link only for CPOA/CGEA members. 
 Family of deceased Coast Guard members who wish to join CGTWS to create a Remembrance Profile for their loved one should email .
  For more information on, please view their short informational video at:


Recently Retired?


  If you've recently retired and were using an allotment to pay your dues, there's a good chance you are no longer an active member. Please read these procedures for starting, changing, and stopping an allotment in Direct Access II/Retired Global Pay Self-Service.  


   Or just call the U. S. Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center 
to talk to a pay technician 
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