Chief Petty Officer William Porter, lead dog handler at Marine Safety and Security Team 91101 Seattle, drives past a ferry tollbooth on his way to conduct canine vehicle sweeps at the Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in Seattle, April 8, 2015.

TRICARE and You: Coverage while traveling

This blog is the most recent in a series helping members of the Coast Guard family understand how to use their TRICARE benefits.


General Messages Weekly Round-up

Updates to travel policy, major changes to the Coast Guard Pay Manual, job and school solicitations, and Reserve advancements are all part of this week’s message round-up!


General Messages Weekly Round-up

This week’s round-up features solicitations for the Coast Guard Academy Company Officer Leadership Studies program and Academy Instructor program, revised Servicewide Exam cutoffs, updates to Reserve Higher Tenure and more.


Coast Guard Family Month: Annual verifications help ensure your family receives the right benefits

Hello from Coast Guard Pay & Personnel Center (PPC). We’d like to remind you that November is the month when all members are required to self-validate through the annual verification process. This is a time to review and update all documentation for entitlements and dependency statuses to ensure that you and your family are getting the correct pay and benefits. PPC is passionately committed to providing the very best in customer service. We know what we do every day has a direct impact on so many lives and we take that seriously. As we celebrate the upcoming holidays and focus on family, please know our family is taking of yours!


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TRICARE and You: Travel

Whether you’re traveling across the county or across the country, TRICARE is there to help you with your unexpected medical needs while on vacation. This article will help ensure you get the most out of your benefit while traveling, to help yourself and your family.


Just one of many picturesque beach views on Guam. Photo courtesy of Tricia Pruett.

From the Homefront: Life on Guam

When I hear about far-flung Coast Guard duty stations, I can’t help but think about what they are like and whether I would like to live there. Guam is one of those places. I know it can’t be easy to live there, but the pictures of beaches and palm trees, and the proximity to exotic travel destinations sound appealing. Every duty station carries with it frustrations and benefits, and everyone has some sort of advice for those who come after them.


Amanda Gornik is the ombudsman for the Coast Guard Cutter Spencer, homeported in Boston. Photo courtesy of Amanda Gornik.

From the Homefront: Ombudsmen share their secrets to success

Every Coast Guard ombudsman has a list of favored resources and services that are as distinct as the families they serve. Families’ needs, whether on cutters, at stations or “geobaching,” are diverse and ombudsmen are prepared to respond. This week, I asked them to open their toolboxes and share the resources they find most useful for Coastie families.


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TSA Travel Tip: Holiday travel tips

We’ve spent a decent amount of time on Coast Guard All Hands sharing the benefits of TSA Pre✓™ for military families. With the increase in travel (and travelers) over the holiday season, we wanted to share some tips from the Transportation Security Administration to ensure you a smooth holiday travel experience.


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TSA Travel Tip: Don’t exclude yourself from TSA Pre✓™ when booking travel

With the increase in travel (and travelers) over the holiday season, we wanted to share some tips from the Transportation Security Administration to ensure you are taking the proper steps when you book your holiday flight so you don’t unintentionally exclude yourself from being selected for expedited screening at the airport.


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TSA Travel Tip: TSA Pre✓™ for military members expanded to 100 airports

Currently, members of the U.S. Armed Forces can use TSA Pre✓™ lanes at 10 domestic airports by presenting their Common Access Card. Starting December 20th, these individuals will be able to enjoy the benefits of the program at the 100 participating airports across the country, allowing them to keep their footwear on as well as light outerwear, laptop in its case and their 3-1-1 compliant liquids/gels bag in a carry on in select screening lanes.


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