Base Alameda Access Restrictions Related to COVID-19 Health Crisis
Retirees are able to gain weekend access to the Exchange and Gas Lanes on Coast Guard Island in Alameda.  This weekend access (10am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday) is available provided that the County of Alameda continues to report a reduced COVID-19 case load that allows the Base to maintain a relaxed readiness posture.  Expect a temperature check at the gate; anyone with a temperature of 100.4 or above will be turned away.  While on base, strict adherence of COVID risk management measures is required, including wearing masks when outside of your car, observing six feet of social distancing, washing hands, and avoiding large gatherings.  Your responsible choices make a huge difference in helping to keep our Coast Guard workforce safe.  The galley, ID card services, gym, pool, and auto hobby shop are still not yet available to Retirees, however Retirees are now permitted on base during the week when invited by the principal for retirement of change of command ceremonies.  Sea West Federal Credit Union, which is located on CG Island but outside the base, is still accessible to the public during the week but has reduced hours.

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   "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:, "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:  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:

CG National Retiree Help Desk (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:

Questions concerning pay should be directed to the Pay & Personnel Center's Retiree and Annuitant Services (PPC (RAS) Branch 

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