USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                       June 2019

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New GI Bill Transfer Rule Will Impact Older Service Members

  Long-serving troops and reservists have a little less than two months remaining to transfer their Post 9-/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children before a new restriction kicks in on July 12.

 While soldiers still must serve for six years before being allowed to request a GI Bill transfer, they will no longer have the opportunity to do so after they have served longer than 16 years.

  This new rule will affect senior active-duty personnel and those who for whatever reason are unable to transfer any portion of their benefits to one or more dependents before that July 12 deadline.

Coast Guard Body-Fat 
Policy Review

  Concerned that crash-diets "stress many members may experience trying to 'make weight/body fat' may lead to unhealthy choices," the Coast Guard has temporarily put the brakes on discharges based on body fat or weight standards, members.

   A review announced by Commandant Adm. Karl Schultz in this year's State of the Coast Guard address will utilize a recently established "diverse, cross-enterprise team" to "comprehensively review CG Weight and Body Fat standards and the effectiveness of the current weight program."

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Preserve Stories
   We respect each other and our clients by listening and hearing their stories. It is through stories that we can learn to value and connect with each other. What we create will be a lasting legacy for years to come. 

Ideally Halcyon Reflections would like to capture stories before anyone has to say "I wish."

Aaron Redd Foundation 
Golf Classic
    A aron had a dream to be a Coast Guardsman. He wanted to save lives and be part of something bigger than himself. On 28 June, 2016, he began that dream when he and his fellow Recruits set foot on the grounds of the Cape May Training Center in New Jersey. He was ready to serve his Country. 

  Only a few days later he collapsed on the training course. On 6 July with his family and new Coast Guard family by his bedside, Aaron passed away. By donating his heart, Aaron was able to fulfill his purpose as a Coastie and save a life.

Our Newest Partner
   About First Command:  In the early 1950s, Air Force Lt. Col. Carroll Payne worked closely with the families of several crew members killed in a series of training flights. Saddened by the survivors' financial difficulties, he began laying the groundwork for the company that would become First Command.

  In 1958, First Command was founded with a simple goal: to improve the financial well-being of service members and their families. Today, more than half a century later, our commitment remains the same. We strive to give military families the peace of mind that comes from being prepared and the confidence that comes from being at their best... in every facet of their lives.

Save the Date!
Lois Bouton's 
(The Coast Guard Lady) 
100th Birthday
21 September 2019
   S tart planning for the 100th birthday celebration of our beloved Mrs. Lois Bouton, affectionately known as "The Coast Guard Lady."

RSVP to prior to 10 August.  

The CPOA and CGEA National Officers would like our membership to honor the dedication of Mrs. Bouton by collecting and sending 100th birthday cards and personal letters to our National Office, to be presented to her at her 100th Birthday Celebration in September. We would like for Chapters/Branches to solicit their membership for individual and/or collaborative mailings. We ask that all cards and letters be received at our office NLT 15AUG19. The cards and letters will be placed in a custom box, created by Chief Jenn Collins, of the Southeastern Connecticut Chapter. Thank you, Chief, for donating your time and effort to this worthy endeavor!
Please send all mailings to:

U. S. Coast Guard CPOA
C/o The Coast Guard Lady
5520-G Hempstead Way
Springfield, VA 22151

Thank you, in advance, for honoring our dear friend and shipmate!

To learn more about Mrs. Bouton, please click on these links:

 Book of the Month
  Winner of the 2008 Foundation for Coast Guard History Book Award.  The images of soldiers and marines coming ashore on hostile shores are embedded in our collective memory of World War II. But what of the sailors who manned the landing craft, going back and forth under fire with nowhere to take cover, their craft the special targets of enemy gunners?

  In this book, Ken Wiley, a Coast Guardsman on an Attack Transport in the Pacific, relates the intricate, often nerve wracking story of how the United States projected its power across 6,000 miles in the teeth of fanatical Japanese resistance. Each invasion was a swirl of moving parts, from frogmen to fire support, transport mother ships to Attack Transports, the smaller Higgins boats (LCVPs), and during the last terrifying stage the courageous men who would storm the beaches.


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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