February 2020
Deadline for Submissions 1 April

The CCCAF, assists dependent children of CPOA/CGEA members in defraying expenses incurred at an accredited university, college, or vocational school of acceptance. 

Applicants participate in an essay contest, with the subject having been selected at the CPOA/CGEA Annual Convention. A Committee consisting of CPOA and CGEA members reads and scores all submitted essays. Three grants will be awarded to the individuals submitting the top entries.

1st. $5,000
2nd. $2,500
3rd. $1,000
Free and Discounted Tax Preparation for Military
Tax season is here again. And while filing for tax returns can be tricky for the average family, it can get even more complicated for military families. 
Thankfully, military personnel and their families have access to a variety of tax preparation and filing services for free or discounted prices. Whether you choose to file taxes yourself online or you prefer some outside assistance from a trained professional, there are a several free and discounted options to choose from.

100th Anniversary Establishing the Rate of
U.S. Coast Guard
Chief Petty Officer
Commemorative Limited Edition
General Order 43
CHIEF History Logbook

18 May 1920 the Coast Guard adopted the US Navy ratings and established the present-day rate of Chief Petty Officer in the post World War I Coast Guard. USCG personnel were granted the same pay, allowances, and increases as the Navy.

This 48-page full-color book celebrates the 100-year history of the Chief Petty Officer.

Add your own Words Of Wisdom to this once in a lifetime commemorative book.

Pre-order yours now - Ships May 2020

Unique Footage of WW2 German Submarine U175 sunk by US Coast Guard
German submarine U-175 was a Type IXC U-boat of Germany's Kriegsmarine built for service during World War II.

Throughout her career, the boat undertook three war patrols during which she sank ten merchant ships amounting to a total of 40,619 gross register tons before being sunk by the US Coast Guard cutter Spencer on 17 April 1943.

The CPOA USAA Credit Card
  • Use the card that shows your pride in the mission and programs of the CPOA.

  • Save on annual and foreign transaction fees.

  • Show your pride with an exclusive card design.

Together We Served
My grandfather, who had 30 years in the Army, said I should join the Coast Guard when I got out of high school. That was the best advice I was ever given.

I went to boot camp in Cape May, NJ. in Feb. 1960. At that time boot camp was 12 weeks long with two weeks forming, all together, it was 14 weeks. Just like he said about up North, it was colder than shit! In Feb 1960 ,they had one of the worst winters in that area in years. So I got a quick taste of how cold it gets up north, made up my mind to go south when we left boot camp.

  Book of the Month
  The story of USS Serpens (AK-97) is an important chapter in Coast Guard history - the most tragic loss of life in the more than 220 years of Coast Guard service to the United States. Contained within these pages is the official ship's War Diary along with some 200 personal letters sent from Serpens' crew to their friends and loved ones waiting for them to return home. On 29 January 1945, while sitting off Guadalcanal, Serpens exploded. Of the roughly 250 crew and Army stevedores on board at the time, only two Coastguardsmen survived. 
Together We Served
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  admin@togetherweserved.com .
 For more information on  TogetherWeServed.com , please view their short informational video at:  www.youtube.com/twsmilitarywebsites
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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