April 2020
10-13 August 2020 - Seattle, WA

We're closely monitoring CDC and State guidelines for social distancing and travel related to the COVID-19 virus and will continue to evaluate our ability to hold Convention in August.

For now, we fully anticipate going forward.

If we need to cancel Convention this year due to the COVID-19 virus, all registration fees and meal purchases will be fully refunded.

EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) of the Armed Forces to Active Duty
27 March: To provide additional authority to the Secretaries of Defense and Homeland Security and to respond to the COVID-19 virus, the President signed an Executive Order to allow issuance of orders to IRR.

Postponing the May 2020 Service Wide Exam
Re-scheduling the MCAP HYT Concerns

I know you have a lot of questions pertaining to the May 2020 SWE due to the release of the ALCOAST 27 March.

Please keep in mind your senior leadership is working around the clock to make the best decisions possible with the lowest impact on our workforce as we continue to balance workforce preservation with mission readiness.

During this challenging time we are all facing, policies and procedures are evolving and changing - this will continue as we go forward. I'm hoping this fact sheet answers some of your questions. As further questions arise, please work those through your chain of command.

I know these are unprecedented times, and I ask that you remain flexible as we continue to work through issues for the safety of our folks.

Continue to take care of yourself, your families and each other.

Semper Paratus
Coast Guard Extends Validity of Periodic Medical Assessments to Free Up Health System for

The Coast Guard said it will extend the expiration dates of most medical assessments in order to alleviate potential strain on service clinics and sick bays throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

The Commandant’s notice added that the 120-day extension to reduce non-acute healthcare visits would also serve to reduce travel. Guidance released earlier this month said that “official travel to U.S. locations experiencing sustained community transmission of COVID-19 may only be performed if it is mission-essential, time-sensitive work that cannot be handled via distance or remote means.”

  Book of the Month
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Together We Served
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
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