October 2020
Set the date!
2021 Convention
2 - 8 August
We're all sad to have missed out on our Seattle Convention this year but we're hoping to make up for it by scheduling our 2021 Convention at the Shoreline Inn & Conference Center, Muskegon, WI, during the 2021 Coast Guard Festival. Just minutes away from Grand Haven, we'll be able to conduct Association business 2 - 5 August and attend the Coast Guard Festival main activities 6 - 8 August. Make it a family event and ensure to enjoy all that Grand Haven has to offer, and enjoy the Festival as well!

A big thanks to our new Convention Committee Chair, CWO2 Amy Ponce (ret) for putting this plan together.

More to come in future communications!

2021 CPOA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS
The CPOA is looking for seven dedicated Chiefs to serve on the National Board of Directors for a three-year term from 2021-2024. Our Association needs new ideas and people willing to work to make those ideas a reality.  

Per Section V of the CPOA Operations Manual, the nominating period for all Board of Director positions will open on 1 October & close on 25 November 2020 (the day before Thanksgiving), and all nominations must be received at the National Office by that date. Nominations should contain a statement citing your reasons for seeking National office, and a brief bio is also helpful in providing your fellow Chiefs with a little info about your background.

Job descriptions for the Officer and Regional Advisor positions can be found in Section II of the CPOA Operations Manual.

Nominations should be sent to the National Office via Email to: 



2021 CGEA NATIONAL BOARD OF DIRECTOR ELECTIONS
We have begun our National Officer election process. If you would like to be a part of the decision making and future of the CGEA, please send in your nomination request to the National Office at:


Election procedures and guidelines can be found in our Procedures Manual

New Officers will be installed at our annual National Convention which will be held in Grand Haven, MI August 2021.





The Coast Guard Is Getting a New Raise in Sea Pay



Coast Guard members in most afloat commands will see their Career Sea Pay rates increase by $55 a month effective Oct. 1. The new fiscal 2021 rates bring the maximum monthly sea pay amount to $805.


Financial Relief for Child Care Costs


Access to quality child care is a long-standing issue for military families, now worsened by the pandemic. If your military family depends on child care so you can go to work, work from home, or work on your education, we want to help by providing your family with cost reimbursements.

NMFA is awarding reimbursements up to $1,500 to eligible families.

 Book of the Month
Another Born Loser follows a group of twenty somethings as they grapple with young adulthood on board a Coast Guard ship bound for Antarctica.
PCS Recently?
If you've recently moved or have a change of rank, please take a second to ensure the National Office has your updated info by going here...



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New Pay and Allowances
to Help You Through COVID-19

Several new pay and allowances are now available to members and their dependents.

These entitlements are part of the overall military effort to support our members during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your local SPO to determine your eligibility for these new pay and allowances.


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  • Show your pride with an exclusive card design.

When Isolated At Home, Reconnect With Old
Service Friends
These unprecedented times are contributing to a higher level of anxiety, particularly among our Veteran population. The constant flow of often discouraging news, along with a reduced ability to mingle with others to keep spirits up, makes it difficult for some to maintain their morale. TogetherWeServed, a military heritage community website and home to over 1.9 million U.S. Military Veterans, wants to help.

A secure virtual base for Veterans

During a Veteran’s military service, their base, ship or shore station is place to call home – a safe haven to share in the company of some of the finest men and women with a mission in common. Together We Served (TWS) aims to replicate that same spirit of brotherhood and sisterhood in its own “Virtual Base” website.

With its membership containing only active serving and Veterans, TWS provides a secure platform for all Veterans to engage with other Veterans on a level that is simply not possible in most social networking environments.

 
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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  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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