Coast Guard Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association (CWOA)

Coast Guard Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association (CWOA) As the only organization comprised exclusively of Coast Guard warrant officers, we are dedicated and pledged to promote their professional abilities, enhance their value, loyalty and devotion to the Coast Guard and promote its unity and morale.

Established in 1929, the Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association, United States Coast Guard (CWOA) represents United States Coast Guard warrant and chief warrant officers (active, reserve and retired) to the Congress, White House and the Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, the Association communicates with the Coast Guard leadership on matters of concern to Coast Guard chief warrant officers.

Mission: Coast Guard Warrant Officers shall conscientiously strive to: WARRANT Willingly render loyal service to superiors, subordinates and peers in every organization of which they are a member. Always set an example in conduct, appearance and performance that will make others proud to know and work with them. Reliably discharge all duties with which they are confronted, whether such duties be expressed or implied. Readily subordinate their personal interests and welfare to those of their organization and their subordinates. Accept responsibility at every opportunity and acknowledge full accountability for their actions. Never knowingly tolerate wrong-doing in themselves or others, whether by commission or omission, design or neglect. Teach other people in a way that will effectively expand and perpetuate the scope of their technical competence. OFFICER Obtain breadth of perspective and depth of understanding beyond the limits of their specific responsibilities. Faithfully adhere to their oath of office in all respects, upholding and defending the nations constitution by both word and deed. Forcefully take the initiative to stimulate constructive action in all arenas requiring or inviting their attention. Improve themselves both physically and mentally, professionally and personally, to increase their own abilities and the value of their services. Contribute their past experience, service, and knowledge to a dedicated effort for the betterment of the future. Earn an ironclad reputation for the absolute integrity of their word. Reflect credit and inspire confidence in themselves, the Warrant Officer Corps, the military services of the nation, and the United States of America

Operating as usual


From our Brothers and Sisters in Station Hatteras Inlet Sector North Carolina.

To our Family, Friends, and Community, We would like to thank each and every one of you for your support during this trying time. The unfortunate event that has devastated our Coast Guard and local community, not only claimed lives but also left families with very little personal belongings. Due to the overwhelming outpour of support and requests to help us, we have put together the following list of items that are needed by the families. Thank you for all of your support and kind words.

~Station Hatteras Inlet

9 children:
-Boys 12, 7, 7, 4, 2 and 7 months
-Girls are 7, 7, 2

Clothing sizes for the families:
-Girls clothing size 7/8
-Girls shoes size 2
-Girls clothing 3t
-Girls clothing size 8/10
-Boys clothing size XS or XL adult
-Boys youth M
-Boys 8 slim
-Boys 5T
-Boys 4T
-Boys 12 month
-Mens shirts size XL
-Mens pants size 38
-Womens shirts size 18/20
-Womens pants size 20 or 22
-Womens shirts 10 size, M or L

-Standard hygiene items
-Standard house hold items
-Storage Space

ATTN: Officer in Charge

Mailing and drop off location: (Amazon/FedEx/UPS)
Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
59248 Coast Guard Road
Hatteras, NC 27943

Shipping Address: (gift cards/cash)
Coast Guard Station Hatteras Inlet
PO Box 579
Hatteras, NC 27943

Made to:
Crystal Coast CPOA

Mailed to:
Crystal Coast CPOA
2741 Juneberry LN SE
Southport, NC 28461

Any questions please contact Station Hatteras Inlet. (252) 986-2176

Admiral Karl Schultz

Admiral Karl Schultz

On behalf of the Nation’s oldest continuous sea-going service, I want to wish a very happy 245th birthday to the U.S. Navy. Anchors Aweigh! Semper Paratus!



On Gold Star Mothers Day, let us pause to recognize the sacrifices of these women and their families. You know the truest meaning of loss and have our deepest condolences and respect. #GoldStarMothersDay

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

U.S. Coast Guard Mid-Atlantic

Today we celebrate the life and legacy of Coast Guard WWII hero, Signalman 1st Class Douglas Munro.

Munro was killed while positioning his boat to shield and draw gunfire so that more than 500 marines, who were rescued from the beach, could get to safety. His final words were "Did they get off?"

Munro received the Medal of Honor, nation’s highest military award posthumously for his heroic actions at Point Cruz, Guadalcanal, Sept. 27, 1942.

It’s been a tough year. And with online school starting again for most military families, the challenges are kicking up ...

It’s been a tough year. And with online school starting again for most military families, the challenges are kicking up a notch.

If you rely on child care so you can go to work, work from home, or work on your education, we want to hear from you.

Please complete this five minute survey about your military family’s child care needs by September 4.

Your feedback will help us develop support initiatives for families just like yours.

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Happy Birthday DoD!The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established August 10th, 1949. Although, the federal governm...

Happy Birthday DoD!
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) was established August 10th, 1949. Although, the federal government has overseen the U.S. Armed forces since our nation’s inception, the Department of Defense name and centralized defense department was not established until the late 1940s. The “official” anniversary of the creation of the Department of Defense as we know it in modern times is August 10.

Rest in Peace brothers.

Rest in Peace brothers.



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Good Day CWO Brothers and Sisters.I would like to thank you for this opportunity to be your next CWOA President. I am ex...

Good Day CWO Brothers and Sisters.

I would like to thank you for this opportunity to be your next CWOA President. I am excited for the challenges this position brings and look forward to personally meeting many of you in the near future.

I am currently assigned TDY to the COVID-19 Crisis Action Team here in DC so my schedule has been a little crazy the past 7 weeks.

I would like to raise a glass and wish our prior CWOA President Mark Cortor a happy and healthy retirement as he and his family will settle down to North Carolina here shortly. Mark has definitely led the CWOA through some rough seas the past 2 years with government shutdowns and this recent pandemic. Thank you Mark for your dedication and I look forward to continue working with you as our outgoing President.

I would also like to pass on a hand salute to CWO DM (Ret) JT Green who after 4 years is passing the reins of the retired affairs VP off to CWO (ret) Jared Heintz. Thank you JT for your long and devoted duty to the CWOA and thank you Jared for your continued support.

Certainly last but not least I would like to thank CWO Chris Jones the outgoing CWOA Secretary for his outstanding service and congratulate CWO Nik Schultz as our incoming Secretary.

Everyone stay safe and take care of each other out there.

CWO4 Westerdahl joined the US Coast Guard in the spring of 1998 and was assigned to the CGC Midgett. Prior to joining the Coast Guard, he was a member of the U.S. Navy from 1988- 1992. CWO Westerdahl joined the CWOA in April of 2008 and currently serves as the Designated Security Officer for CG-9335 in Washington D.C. Prior CWO assignments include PSC/EPM as the OS Assignment Officer, MSST Galveston, and MSST Miami. Other assignments include the CGC Northland, Group Eastern Shore, and District 1 Command Center. CWO Westerdahl grew up in New Milford, NJ and currently lives in Fairfax, VA. With his wife of 27 years Christian.


New Membership Scholarship sponsored by:
Columbia Southern University

In 2018 Columbia Southern University approached the CWOA about sponsoring a scholarship. We put a committee together and established the rules of this scholarship.

We are proud to introduce the Membership Scholarship.

Please go to use the tab Scholarships > Membership Scholarship


To ensure you are provided the most up-to-date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Military Health System created an all-inclusive information center, which is updated regularly. The Department of Defense is following guidance from the White House and coordinating with inter-agency partners to provide a comprehensive, government-approved list of resources.

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TRICARE is taking new steps to support family members in the Autism Care Demonstration (ACD). From March 31 to May 31, TRICARE will temporarily cover telehealth support for applied behavior analysis (ABA) parent or caregiver guidance services. This is to help support ACD beneficiaries during social....

Coast Guard planning a modified PCS season
Coast Guard planning a modified PCS season

Coast Guard planning a modified PCS season

As our Nation and Coast Guard confront the unprecedented challenges of the coronavirus pandemic, the Coast Guard faces a clear challenge that requires us to be committed, patient, and flexible. The

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

The Post-9/11 GI Bill, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

We have worked with Congress to preserve GI Bill benefits for those of you impacted by COVID-19 during this difficult time. The Senate and House passed S.3503 and the bill is headed to the President to sign, which will give VA the authority to continue GI Bill payments uninterrupted in the event of national emergencies.

The new law allows VA to pay education benefits regardless of the fact that your program has changed from resident training to online training. Also, you will continue to receive the same monthly housing allowance payments that you received for resident training until 12/21/20, or until the school resumes normal operations of resident training. We’re working to immediately implement the new changes.


CWOA members,

With our 91st Annual Meeting scheduled for next month in Ashburn, we realize many CWOA members and meeting guest have questions about the corona virus (COVID-19) and the potential impact on our meeting. We have been closely
monitoring updates from the Center for Disease Control, Coast Guard and Virginia Department of Health. In fact, Friday the President of the United States announced a National Emergency and many states have followed in
declaring the same at the state level.

Therefore, we have reluctantly decided to cancel this year's CWOA Annual Meeting, planned for April 22-25 in Ashburn. We sincerely regret the need for this action, particularly for our many loyal members who join us for this annual celebration of the CWOA and our advocacy for Active Duty,
Reserve, Retired and Veteran's benefits.

Details regarding our plan on how we move forward from here and conduct required business items normally discussed/voted on during our Annual Meeting will be forthcoming. Under the direction of the CWOA President, CWO Mark Cortor, the Board of Directors is working with an appointed Special Committee in relation to board elections, budget, meetings and the like.

Please know that we did not reach this decision lightly. We were ultimately guided by our responsibility to help ensure the safety and well-being of our CWOA members, family, guests and surrounding communities.

Please coordinate directly with airlines or other who have assisted with your travel arrangements. Most companies have announced plans to accommodate travelers dealing with event cancellations.

Stay healthy and God speed

CWO Mark Cortor, President
Chief Warrant and Warrant Officers Association

Admiral Karl Schultz

Admiral Karl Schultz

People are the cornerstone of our readiness. Read my statement to the workforce on COVID-19 here:

From the VADear GI Bill Students,Schools across the country are in the process of or have already moved from in-person c...
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From the VA

Dear GI Bill Students,

Schools across the country are in the process of or have already moved from in-person courses to online courses in the interest of public health due to COVID-19 concerns. For GI Bill students, this change in training modality raises questions and concerns about the impact to their GI Bill benefits and importantly, housing allowances.

What is the impact, if any, to GI Bill recipients when their schools are either closed or has directed their students to take classes online as a result of precautions taken due to COVID-19?

The answer will depend on the type of action taken by the school, the timing of the action, and the current program approval.

-If a school temporarily closes due to an established policy based on an Executive order of the President or due to an emergency situation, VA may continue benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) for up to 4 weeks during a 12-month period. This authority, and limitation, are codified in statute (38 U.S.C. § 3680(a)(2)(A).

-If the school remains open (virtually, rather than physically), and students are transitioned to pursuit solely through online classes, then benefit payments will be impacted as follows:

If the switch from training in-residence to online classes occurs during the term, and the program has been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, then benefit payments (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) will remain unchanged for the remainder of that term.

However, for any subsequent terms pursued solely online, the Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) under the Post-9/11 GI Bill will be reduced to one-half of the national average of DoD’s Basic Allowance for Housing rates for an E-5 with dependents. The limitations on MHA rates are codified in statute (38 U.S.C. § 3313(c)(1)(B)(iii).

Lastly, if the program has not been approved by the State Approving Agency for delivery through an online modality, benefit payments will completely stop (including the Monthly Housing Allowance under the Post-9/11 GI Bill) when students begin training online.

If you have questions about your specific circumstance, please contact the Education Call Center at: 1-888-442-4551 between 8 AM and 7 PM Eastern Time, Monday-Friday.


Education Service

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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

CWOA Members

We at the Chief Warrant Officers Association are concerned about our members and how the current reactions of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) across our states and around the world could be an impact both to our members health and to our daily lives. We are actively monitoring activities and will pass on important information and links that affects our membership.

Please adhere to the advice from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for personal actions to take to mitigate the spread of the virus and if you believe you may have been in contact with someone that is infected. Also please follow the guidance of state and local governments for your specific area.

For the most up to date status about COVID-19, go to the CDC website at

The Tricare website at

The Coast Guard COVID-19 Page

The following link shows a map, populated by the CDC, of countries and territories affected:

Foreign Travel: The CDC is issuing Travel Health Notices (THNs) for locations affected by COVID-19. A list of THNs can be found here:

Please keep yourself, family and shipmates well informed. Keep an eye on each other, especially those retired members that may not have access to the internet or the latest information. Be prudent, avoid undue panic, and stay appraised. Staying properly informed is our best defense.

Coast Guard CWOA President

CWO4 Mark A. Cortor

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.


Keep Yourself Informed: For Tricare Beneficiaries

What to do if you’re a TRICARE beneficiary

Take action and stay informed about the new coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Simple measures can protect you and your community. It’s also important to identify the symptoms of COVID-19 and know when to seek help.

Basic guidance on the Coronavirus (COVID-19), informational tips and more can be found on the Tricare website at

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What's Phishing and How Can You Avoid Getting Hooked?

Message from NORTON Security

Cybercriminals are using concerns about the coronavirus to launch phishing attacks

Learn to identify and protect yourself against such attacks

What is Happening?

While COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is capturing attention around the world, cybercriminals are capitalizing on the public’s desire to learn more about the outbreak. There are reports of phishing scams that attempt to steal personal information or to infect your devices with malware, and ads that peddle false information or scam products.

In one example, a phishing email that used the logo of the CDC Health Alert Network claimed to provide a list of local active infections. Recipients were instructed to click on a link in the email to access the list. Next, recipients were asked to enter their email login credentials, which were then stolen.

What Should You Do?

1. If you are looking for information on the coronavirus, visit known reputable websites like the U.S. Center for Disease Control or the World Health Organization.

2. Be on the lookout for phishing emails, which may appear to come from a trusted source. Remember, you can look at the sender’s details – specifically the part of the email address after the ‘@’ symbol – in the ‘From’ line to see if it looks legitimate.

3. Be wary of emails or phone calls offering unexpected or unprompted information. Also be aware of emails from unfamiliar sources that contain links or attachments. Do not click on these links, as they could be embedded with malware.

4. Although social media companies like Facebook are cracking down on ads spreading coronavirus conspiracies and fake cures, some ads may make it past their review process. Remember, it’s best to seek information on the disease from official sources like those mentioned above.

5. If you’re interested, read our article on spotting and protecting yourself against phishing attacks.

As anyone who's encountered identity theft will attest: it's an extremely invasive experience and victims can spend weeks, months, or even years trying to repair it.


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CWO2 Mark Climacosa holds the National Ensign of the decommissioned USCGC Mellon [WHEC 717] 20AUG20, in Seattle. It is customary that a decommissioned ship's National Ensign be presented to the crew member with the most time in service. Climacosa had served for almost 22 years as of this date (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael Clark).
Today is our first-ever Agent Orange Awareness Day. August 10, 1961 is thought to be the first day that the herbicide, known as Agent Orange, was sprayed in Vietnam. Operation Ranch Hand – involving the widespread use of the defoliant – began five months later. The Vietnam War may be over, but the battle continues for many Vietnam veterans. Nearly three million service members served in Vietnam and most returned home. But since then, thousands of Vietnam veterans have fought illnesses related to Agent Orange exposure. This deadly toxin has impacted the lives of thousands of veterans and their families, but is largely unknown to most Americans. Join us as we "bring light" to the suffering Agent Orange has spread since its first use on August 10th, 1961. Share this graphic to help spread the word! Tonight, we will illuminate the Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in orange candlelight. Learn how to get involved with VVMF here:
Coast Guard Day 2020 Happy 230th Birthday to our United States Coast Guard! #uscg #cwoa #cpoa #ssff
76 years ago today the brave men of the greatest generation embarked on a seemingly impossible mission, stepping out on those beaches and out of those planes over Normandy not knowing if the next breath they would draw would be the last or if they would succeed or not, they pushed forward so that you and I could enjoy the freedom that we all to often take for granted. Today, think of those brave men, those that did not make it and those that did, think of their sacrifice and their devotion to duty. Say a prayer in their memory, say a prayer that the freedom they fought, bled and died for will be preserved in our lifetime for our grandchildren to enjoy as we have enjoyed thanks to these brave men of the greatest generation. ❤️ 🙏 ❤️
Yesterday was my first day back in the office in nearly 80 days, due to COVID-19 chaos. Felt good to put the uniform on again, as I only have about 10 more opportunities to do such on Active Duty; July 1 is rapidly approaching! Also, was presented a token of appreciation from the CWOA for my service the past two years - presented by our Executive Director, Carol Setteducato. Thank you, it was a humbling experience and was my honor to represent our Association in this role. Working and attending events on Capital Hill surely does open your eyes to the inner workings of our government, at least it did for me and I previously thought that I was pretty informed. I highly encourage every American to get involved. This passion will continue in my retirement.
Check out The Military Coalition as they serve you through our partnership as our CWOA is an active participant to the coalition. You can also now find them here on Facebook, just type in the search for: The Military Coalition #TMC #CWOA #CPOA/CGEA #FRA #veterans
Currently on The Military Coalition (TMC) teleconference for our monthly meeting, it’s not ideal, but we are getting through our monthly business. It’s been my honor to represent our CWOA in our partnership with the TMC over the 2+ years! #TMC #CWOA #CPOA/CGEA #FRA
Yesterday, I sent an email to all CWOA Chapter Presidents as to a Special Election being held to fill our up-coming vacancy in the office of the Secretary. Please check with your local Chapter President for details and instructions as to how to place your vote. Voting will be open until 1200 EST on Wednesday May 6, 2020.
and one of our Distinguished Members (Bill Mattoon) was a part of the committee as to this commissioning. Thank you, Bill for all you do for our CWOA and all the work you do for our Nation!