USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                  April 2017

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National Elections
Winners Announced
   Congratulations to our new Officers!

President, BMCS Jon Ostrowski
Vice President, BMCS Charlie Womack
Secretary, YNCS Bruce Garrison
Treasurer, CWO2 Mark Tahtinen
Region 1 Advisor, MKCM David Isherwood
Region 3 Advisor, CWO2 Amy Ponce

President, YN2 Casey Lawrence
Vice President YN3 Laurin Malone
Treasurer, YN3 Samantha Edgar
Secretary HS1 Jennifer Chmiel

All will be formally installed at our Convention in August.


 Upcoming CCTI???
We Have Recruiting Booklets 
to Help Increase 
Chapter Membership & Participation
  If you need a stack of these to "Charge" your new Chiefs going through CCTI, please send Julie an email and we'll get them out to asap.

 Information for Coast Guard Veterans and Retirees Filing for Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation Due to Asbestos- and Lead-Related Health Effects
  If you were assigned to Coast Guard cutters that were constructed prior to 1991, you may have been exposed to very low levels of asbestos and lead. Recorded levels of exposure were well below the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levels that require medical surveillance examinations.

  Routine exposure for asbestos and lead would include working on and berthing in a Coast Guard cutter where there may be small exposed areas of asbestos-containing thermal insulation, a number of torn asbestos-containing floor tiles, and lead dust from lead ballast ingots and lead-containing paint.

 Exceptional exposures may have occurred during certain maintenance procedures (e.g. tearing up entire floor surfaces of asbestos-containing floor tiles and torching or sanding surfaces painted with lead-containing paint) without the use of personal protective equipment.

 Coast Guard Museum Winter/Spring Newsletter
Dear Friends of the National Coast Guard Museum,
  We are excited to share with you our latest quarterly newsletter, which provides updates on several key initiatives related to the Museum design and construction, as well as the unique visitor experience we want the Museum to provide. Additionally, we are pleased to highlight how the USCG has been a leader in inclusivity and social change. You can view the newsletter by clicking  here.

Book of the Month
   STARBOARD HELM is a modern-day sea story about Luke Hunter, a young officer stationed aboard a Coast Guard high endurance cutter. Luke is deployed for months at a time and routinely combats drug runners, migrant smugglers, poachers, and treacherous storms. His cutter, USCGC BRISTOW, has far-reaching responsibilities patrolling Caribbean narcotics trafficking lanes, North Atlantic fishing grounds, and the high seas in between. Luke's job is rewarding, but it's also highly demanding and strains relationships to the breaking point. After two years afloat, Luke is faced with a critical decision: stay in the Coast Guard and continue the fight, or get out and pursue other interests far-removed from the sea. It's a difficult choice and one that will plot his future course.

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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