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2015 Calendar at a Glance

13 Dec

PCNW-CGFA-anchor-heart-logoThe Pacific Northwest Coast Guard Family Association is excited to announce the following activities for the 2015 Calendar Year. We will meet on the third Sunday of every month in the CoHo Room on base.  Everyone is invited to attend our board meetings from 2:00-3:00pm. Then from 3:00pm-5:00pm we will enjoy good food, games, or crafts and great conversation! Board meetings and events are open to everyone! Childcare will be offered for most events and will cost $2.00 per hour. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming event!

January  – Craft night
February – Game night
March  – Easter Egg Hunt (time & place TBD)
April – Spring Bunko
May – Spring Fling: Appetizers & Vender Fair
June – Pot Luck
July – BBQ in the Park (time & place TBD) 
August – Join us at the Coast Guard Day Picnic (time & place TBD)
September – Welcome Aboard Tea
October – Pumpkin Carving & Halloween Party
November – Holiday Recipe Exchange and Pot-Luck
December – Holiday Party 

If you have questions about any of our events or are interested in learning more about the CGFA, please email us at

Work Life Presentation: CGSUPRT

3 Oct


The Work Life staff will be presenting the new CGSPURT program. On hand will be:

  • Kristin Cox, EAPC (Employee Asstance Program Coordinator)
  • Troy Olson, FAS (Family Advocacy Specialist)
  • May Chao-Higginbotham, FRS (Family Resource Specialist)
  • Barbara Herry, HPM (Health Promotion Manager)
Many thanks to Dave Sweeney for coordinating this event! We all have questions and concerns, so be sure to come with your questions, as the right people will be on board to answer them!
We are also going to have a baked-potato bar with all the fixings, so please come on out and join us! We will be meeting in the Bear Room (the room above the CG Museum) from 5:30-8.
We are trying to figure out a child care situation and will keep you posted on that!

Town Hall Meetings

6 Oct Town Hall Meeting

Sector Puget Sound will be hosting semi-annual Family Town Hall Meetings throughout the area.  These are for both service members and their dependants.  This is an opportunity for your spouse and children to interact with the Command, meet the Ombudsman (Megan Towle), and learn other valuable information.  Special guest speakers include representatives from  MWR, EAP Work Life, D13 Legal, USCG Family Association, and United Concordia.

Four locations and dates to choose from:

  1. Everett (Tuesday, Oct 11th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Fleet & Family Support Center – Everett’s Smokey Point Bldg 1390, Suite 810
    • 13910 45th Ave NE, Marysville WA 98271
  2. Naval Base Bangor (Thursday, Oct 13th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Bangor Chapels Fellowship Hall
    • 2900 Ohio Street, Silverdale WA 98316
  3. Federal Center South Building (Tuesday, Oct 18th)
    • 6:00 to 8:00 pm
    • 915 Second Ave, Seattle WA 98174
  4. Tacoma (Thursday, Oct. 27th)
    • 5:30 to 7:30 pm
    • Fabulich Center Bldg 1st Floor
    • 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, Tacoma WA 98424

OPSEC – “What To Say While Underway”

28 Sep

Join us for a very informative seminar concerning safety in social media and other forms of communication.

Date: Monday, October 3

Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm

Location: Base Seattle, Coho Room

This seminar is for everyone. A great evening to hear what is safe to discuss on Facebook, in email, and over the phone. We will have a specialist on OSPEC coming to speak and he is ready to answer all our questions. I encourage all to attend. The CGFA will provide babysitting for those that RSVP the need of a babysitter.

Chill, Grill, and Your Will!

17 Aug

When: 30Aug11 starting at 1100
Where: Lincoln Park, West Seattle (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW)

This BBQ is an event for you and your family stationed on the Mellon. There will be various games and sports at the event so be sure to wear comfortable attire. The BBQ will be potluck style for desserts and side dishes, and morale will supply the main course, salad and beverages. So bring your favorite recipes and dishes to impress your shipmates, friends and family. The D13 Chaplin, Legal Assistance, Spouse’s Association and the Ombudsman will be present at the BBQ, and will provide information on the different resources available to you and your families while you are underway.

Park amenities include: A picnic shelter, multiple tables and grills, a play area for kids, swing sets, bathrooms, two fields, a wading pool, plenty of trails and open space as well as close proximity to the water. For more information go to:

Alcohol is not allowed in Seattle parks.

For questions contact ENS Salerno:

Breaking the Barriers – Helping Military Families with Children’s Education.

8 Jun

“It is the purpose of this compact to remove barriers to educational success imposed on children of military families because of frequent moves and deployment of their parents by:

A. Facilitating the timely enrollment of children of military families and ensuring that they are not placed at a disadvantage due to difficulty in the transfer of education records from the previous school district(s) or variations in entrance/age requirements.

B. Facilitating the student placement process through which children of military families are not disadvantaged by variations in attendance requirements, scheduling, sequencing, grading, course content or assessment.

C. Facilitating the qualification and eligibility for enrollment, educational programs, and participation in extracurricular academic, athletic, and social activities.

D. Facilitating the on-time graduation of children of 1 military families.

E. Providing for the promulgation and enforcement of administrative rules implementing the provisions of this compact.

F. Providing for the uniform collection and sharing of information between and among member states, schools and military families under this compact.

G. Promoting coordination between this compact and other compacts affecting military children.

H. Promoting flexibility and cooperation between the educational system, parents and the student in order to achieve educational success for the student. ” (Excerpt from Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children)

Now if this doesn’t get your attention spouses then it should!

Military families move – and often.  This is a given – yet often times moves to different schools hinder the children – different states require different types of classes, order of classes, etc.  This new document is HUGE for families.

Take a moment and check it out! Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunity for Military Children

Look us up on Facebook!

26 May

Yes, we have a Facebook and we would love to “meet” you.  The group is closed and you would need to be approved by an Administrator (for privacy reasons).  Look us up by searching: PACNW Coast Guard Family Association!

Our mission is to strengthen families.  We are constantly growing and would love for you and your family to introduce yourself to us! We are all across the Puget Sound area and it’s likely someone lives close to you or you will be moving close to them.  Active duty and spouses are welcome to join the group!

Spring 2011 Ombsudsman Outlet Newsletter

8 May

If you haven’t seen this yet, I urge you to take a look! This is chocked full of helpful information!!

Ombusdman Outlet

Hope everyone has a fabulous Mother’s Day!!