USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                  August 2018

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Convention Schedule
     This year's convention schedule can be found here...

   Atlantic Area Commander, Vice Admiral Scott Buschman, has been confirmed as our keynote speaker 

MCPOCG Vanderhaden will provide remarks and hold a 
Q&A session.  


Bring Your Education Transcripts to Convention for Free Evaluation
    Leave the 50th Annual Convention of the CPOA/18th Annual Convention of the CGEA with a lot more than expected.  The only thing it will take on your part is to show up and bring copies of your education transcripts.

  Drop your transcripts off at the Bellevue University table and pick up your Education Roadmap before you leave.  No cost, no commitment - just information on how your military and civilian education fits into a degree.

  As a CPOA/CGEA Chapter/Branch representative, let your members know that this service is available and bring their transcripts too.

  When the members convene in St. Petersburg, FL, Aug 20-23, Bellevue University will be there again, supporting your education needs.   Even if you don't want to attend Bellevue University, you can get advice and information.

  CPOA/CGEA have formed a "Partnership in Education" to help you work on your college degree.  Whether you need a degree for promotion, transition or personal satisfaction, Bellevue University can help.

 For more information, contact your CPOA/CGEA representative, Willie Woolford, at or 813-422-9918.


50th Anniversary Coins for Sale
   On April 7, 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, the Ad Hoc 50th Anniversary Committee is selling these new coins to provide fundraising support for the Birthday events. If you're interested in purchasing either, please contact Chief Wolf or Master Chief Anderson from the Yorktown Chapter at: or

They've also set up a Paypal account at:

 The 1.5 inch coins are $35 (includes shipping/handling)
The 2 inch coins are $55 (includes shipping/handling)

Note: These coins will be available for sale at Convention without the $5 shipping/handling charge.


FEDVIP is Coming
 TRICARE  recently posted new products regarding the upcoming TRDP/FEDVIP (dental and vision programs!) and FEDVIP Open Season on

   Scroll down to "You may also be interested in" to access individual product information.  


DoD Announces Policy Change on Transfer of Post-9/11 
GI Bill Benefits
   The Defense Department issued a substantive change today to its policy on the transfer by service members in the uniformed services of  Post-9/11 GI Bill  educational benefits to  eligible family member recipients.

  Effective one year from the date of this change, eligibility to transfer those benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total active-duty or selected reserve service, as applicable.





 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.

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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