USCGCPOA.ORG                                                                  January 2017

In This Issue

Member Benefits:

Use code MEMBERPERK to log in

Government Vacation Rewards

The Best prices on tactical, outdoor gear, athletic gear, eyewear and more.

Partner with Bellevue University and receive a $1,000 Military Tuition Waiver.

See more including degree list.

Use Discount Code Y653390 when
 making your reservation.

Use Discount Code Z802846 when
 making your reservation.

Our Sponsors:


Our Partners:


  Whether you want to apply your GI Bill benefits to college classes or an on-the-job training program, this tool will help you make the most of them.

  Say goodbye to reply-all emails and paper sign up sheets. Coordinate events and people in minutes with online sign ups.



National Elections
    Some have experienced trouble accessing the electronic ballot we sent in an email yesterday, getting this message " We're sorry. You have already taken this survey".

   We've changed the link to go through our website and believe it will work for most.  Access issues seem to be due to which internet browser is being used.  If you're still having trouble, please copy and paste the new link into another browser such as Internet ExplorerFirefox or Safari.  If all else fails, keep in mind that you can still use the pre-paid paper ballot that is in the January issue of The Chief.  Please take the time to vote for your National Officers.

CPOA and CGEA members can go to our website and vote.

 Derby City Slugger Chapter 
Coins Available 
  A John Munz coin is available for purchase though the Derby City Slugger Chapter.  Coins will be sold for $15 and all proceeds from the fundraising will go towards a memorial. Orders can be placed though our Chapters email, .  

 Medical Documentation of Asbestos and Lead Exposures on Coast Guard Cutters Constructed Prior to 1991 
    Coast Guard military members assigned to cutters that were constructed prior to 1991 may have been exposed to very low levels of asbestos and lead. The directive and a full listing of these cutters is provided here...

 If you're moving to or from the Metropolitan D.C. area, look into using our newest magazine advertiser and partner. 


Bellevue University - Your Degree, Your Spouse's Degree
   Start the New Year off right!   Be a college student.  Both you and your spouse!
   Bellevue University offers about 30 Bachelor's Degree programs at the military friendly tuition rate of $250 per credit for active duty and their spouses.  And, the active duty member can receive a one-time $1,000 military tuition discount as a new student!
   Not sure of how it fits for you?  Email your CPOA representative, Willie Woolford at   If you include copies of your transcripts, you will get a personalized "degree roadmap" that shows how your credits transfer and what it takes to finish.

  You can finish your degree in about 18 months if you already have an Associate's Degree.   Join more than 50,000 Bellevue University graduates and make YOUR degree a New Year's Resolution. 

Book of the Month
   "This book should be read by all practitioners and serious students of national security as the guide for avoiding failures and miscalculations in using American military power." --Gen. Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) and 65th Secretary of State.

   Anatomy of Failure is part Von Clausewitz, part Tom Clancy, with personal insights by Harlan K. Ullman that brilliantly translate why the United States, the most powerful nation on earth, has so often fallen short of its objectives. --Michael Lord Dobbs, creator of the series House of Cards.

  Why, since the end of World War II, has the United States either lost every war it started or failed in every military intervention it prosecuted?

  Harlan Ullman's new book answers this most disturbing question, a question Americans would never think of even asking because this record of failure has been largely hidden in plain sight or forgotten with the passage of time.

 The most straightforward answer is that presidents and administrations have consistently failed to use sound strategic thinking and lacked sufficient knowledge or understanding of the circumstances prior to deciding whether or not to employ force.

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 
Not receiving your magazine? 
  At most CG units, personal mail will not be delivered to the member...If you've been using a Coast Guard address to receive The Chief , please send us an  email  to ensure we get it changed and that you continue to get your magazine.  



Admin Notes: 


  • Although our e-newsletter conforms to Coast Guard directives, we request that newsletter recipients provide their home email address to alleviate any concerns. Please click the "Update Profile/Email Address" link at the bottom of this newsletter to make the change.     
  • If, for some reason, you are no longer receiving The Chief, send an email to: 
  • Coast Guard National Retiree Website can be found here.