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SAVE THE DATE FOR OUR BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
6 April 2019!
   In April 2019, the CPOA will celebrate 50 years of service to our fellow Chiefs, our Coast Guard Family, and our Communities. To mark this momentous occasion, we've decided to throw ourselves a party.  We've set up a Committee from the National Capital Region to ensure this is the best Gala you've ever attended.  We also have a website set up specifically for the event which will be periodically updated as we go along.  If you know of a company that wishes to sponsor a table or a vendor that may wish to include their promotional items in our "goodie bags", please have them contact us.  
  



 
New Batch of Coins are In!
  After posting these in the July issue of The Chief, they went pretty quick.  We just received another shipment and they are available once again.  They are being sold to help fund-raise for our 50th Anniversary in April.  If you're interested in purchasing one, please contact Chief Wolf or Master Chief Anderson from the Yorktown Chapter.  You can also purchase them directly their PayPal account.  

   
    

  

 
New rates for military retiree dental coverage under new FEDVIP benefit
  Military retirees eligible for the new dental and vision coverage - as well as active duty families eligible for the new vision benefit - can start researching their options in earnest now, with the release of  new rates for 2019 .

 The enrollment period for coverage under the Federal Employee Dental and Vision Insurance Program, or FEDVIP, is Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, but the time to start comparisons is now.

   
    


  

 
2019 Military Child 
of the Year Award
  
  The annual awards will recognize seven outstanding young people ages 13 to 18. Six of them will represent a branch of the armed forces - the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard - for their scholarship, volunteerism, leadership, extracurricular involvement, and other criteria while facing the challenges of military family life. The seventh award is the Military Child of the Year® Award for Innovation presented by Booz Allen Hamilton. This award goes to a military child who has designed a bold and creative solution to address a local, regional or global challenge.

    


  

 
Coast Guard Capital Area Retiree Council Holiday Party
It's not just for retirees - USCG active, reserves, auxiliarists, and civilian are invited to attend.Their flyer can be found here...
   
    


  

 Book of the Month
  
  Red Crew is a first-hand account of U.S. Coast Guard anti-smuggling operations during the early years of the nation's maritime war on drugs. Jim Howe describes his experience as the executive officer of a specialized drug-hunting crew that sailed in then-state-of-the-art "surface effect ships," a small flotilla of high-speed vessels pressed into the drug war on short notice.

  In the early 1980s, South Florida and the Caribbean were awash in illicit drugs, with hundreds of smuggling organizations bringing huge loads of marijuana, and later cocaine, into the United States. To fight this epidemic, the Reagan administration led a massive effort to disrupt shore-side gangs while bolstering interdiction activity at sea. To increase the number of days at sea for each surface effect ship, a "multi-crewing" concept was employed, with four teams of sixteen sailors--the Red, Blue, Green, and Gold Crews--rotating among three hulls.

  Through its first-person narrative, Red Crew offers a rare glimpse into the day-to-day pressures, challenges, failures, and successes of Coast Guard cuttermen as they carried out complex and dangerous missions. Red Crew provides a unique historical view of the early days in the Coast Guard's war on drugs, and is the only book-length history of the diminutive, one-of-a-kind surface effect ship fleet.

 



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 admin@togetherweserved.com .
 
  For more information on TogetherWeServed.com, please view their short informational video at: www.youtube.com/twsmilitarywebsites

  
 

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 
 
1(800)772-8724
to talk to a pay technician 
  
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