Base Alameda Restrictions Related to COVID-19 Health Crisis
Effective Friday, June 4th, 2021, Base Alameda will relax its readiness posture to Health Protection Condition Alpha, which means that Retirees are again able to gain routine access to the Base and its amenities. The Galley (subject to occupancy limitations), ID card services, the gym, pool, and auto hobby shop are now available to Retirees. Fully vaccinated personnel (who are at least two weeks beyond their final dose) are no longer required to wear a mask outdoors. Follow signs for Alameda County requirements for masks indoors. Those who are not fully vaccinated shall continue to follow applicable CDC guidelines, including continuing to wear masks indoors and while transiting throughout Base Alameda.
Coast Guard launches MyCG - Modernizing Organizational Communications
The Coast Guard announced the launch of the website, MYCG, an authoritative source for organizational news and resources. See the announcement in ALCOAST COMMANDANT NOTICE (ACN) 098/20 - AUG 2020 MYCG - MODERNIZING COAST GUARD ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION at: ALCOAST COMMANDANT NOTICE (ACN) 098/20 - AUG 2020 MYCG - MODERNIZING COAST GUARD ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION.
In addition, MYCG is soliciting for columnists to contribute to content for the Retiree section and those interested may send an e-mail to Christie.E.StClaire@uscg.mil. "Retiree Communications" remains a top strategic priority of the CG Retiree Services Program and CG National Retiree Council (CGNRC).
New ID Cards Coming (but not too soon)
The Department of Defense is updating it's ID cards to meet moderns security requirements, including those issued to retirees. The capability to issue the new Next Generation Uniform Services ID Card will continue to be introduced at ID card issuing facilities during 2021. Existing ID cards are valid until expired, so there's no need to make an appointment just to get a new card.
Coast Guard Retiree Newsletter
The CG Retiree Services Program is pleased to partner with the National Coast Guard Museum Association (NCGMA) to preserve the retiree newsletter in print form as the newly published Long Blue Line magazine. To ensure you continue to receive the magazine, be sure to keep your mailing address up to date by accessing your Direct-Access Self-Service account at: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/ppc/ras/gp/, "View/Change Mailing Address." Please also click on "Change My Delivery Options" and ensure the block labeled "I elect to receive the Retiree Newsletter by mail" is checked. If you encounter difficulties and need further assistance, please contact CG PPC, Retiree & Annuitant Services at: 866-772-8724, or by e-mail at: email@example.com For current and archived versions of the newsletter, visit the CG-13 Newsletter Archives site.
California Veterans Benefits Summary
Attached below is the California-specific excerpt from a state-by-state breakdown of Veterans benefits. Another source of California Veterans benefits is the site: https://www.calvet.ca.gov/
CG National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD)
The CG NRHD has a toll free number: (833)224-6743
The National Retiree Help Desk (NRHD) Help Desk is available to assist and / or to answer any questions that a retiree or a retiree spouse has regarding benefits (other than those relating to pay), health care issues, assistance in obtaining important forms and/or papers, etc.
Contact by phone or e-mail:
1-833-224-6743 (toll free) (1-833-2CG-NRHD)
firstname.lastname@example.org. (Note: See CG National Retiree Help Desk - Personally Identifiable Information before sending sensitive personal information to non-government email addresses.)
Questions concerning pay should be directed to the Pay & Personnel Center's Retiree and Annuitant Services (PPC (RAS) Branch