Tag: retirement

Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: Mike Sollosi

From American ports to European capitals, a senior U.S. Coast Guard civilian has guided navigation standards and helped to make mariners afer around the world. Mike Sollosi, the chief of the U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Standards Division, retired after 42 years of uniformed and civilian service.

Captain dedicates 34 years to saving lives, enabling commerce

Capt. Kevin C. Kiefer dedicated more than three decades to keeping mariners safe and keeping the nation’s economy on course. He played a critical role in shaping the Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook document that serves to guide the Coast Guard’s efforts across the Marine Transportation System – covering 25,000 miles of waterways that facilitate more than $4.6 trillion in economic activity a year.

U.S. Coast Guard couple completes 87 years of combined service

Master Chief Petty Officer Kat Goguen and Meg Rapelye with their daughter. Photo courtesy of Master Chief Petty Officer Kat Goguen.

Bruce and Christine Riley, two civilian Coast Guard employees, retired after serving a combined 87 years in service to the nation. Bruce was a former U.S. Navy sailor and later a Coast Guardsman. He retired in 1988 from active duty and began working as a civilian in the Vessel Traffice Services branch. Christine worked at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters for the last 35 years working different administrative assignments before managing transportation benefits for more than 1,200 employees and distributing $49 million in transportation benefits to Coast Guard personnel.

Coast Guard veteran dedicates 43 years to keeping mariners safe

Then Chief Petty Officer Trainor reenlists on “PA” Lighted Buoy in the Straits of Juan de Fuca, while stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Fir (WLM-212) in February 1986.

Bob Trainor spent 43 years of his life serving with the U.S. Coast Guard, 31 years as an enlisted and later chief warrant officer, and 12 years as a civil servant working at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. For the majority of his years in the service, Trainor worked as a guiding light in the Aids to Navigation field making U.S. waterways safer, more efficient, and more resilient. Fair winds and following seas Mr. Trainor!

Take Action: Financial Literacy Month – Important lifetime decisions

Hopefully by now everyone is aware that BRS stands for ‘blended retirement system.’ And hopefully, many of you actually know that is the new modernized retirement system for the Coast Guard. But even with all of the information about BRS at your fingertips, maybe you haven’t given it the full attention it needs! Well, this month is the perfect month to devote some time to really learning about and truly understanding BRS. It is an important lifetime decision!

Coast Guard Family Month: Joining the Coast Guard benefits your family

Do you know someone who is thinking of joining the Coast Guard? Are YOU thinking about joining the Coast Guard? Do you know about all of the benefits you would receive, or are you concerned about your family? Members of the Coast Guard receive a comprehensive benefits package, and many of these benefits will directly or indirectly positively impact your family. In addition to a steady salary, members receive free health, dental, and vision insurance; tuition assistance; housing; 30 days of paid vacation; and much more. Your dependents can also receive great benefits as well! Read the full post to find out more!

Blended Retirement System Webinar and Q&A

All hands are invited and encouraged to participate in a Blended Retirement System webinar on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. EDT. The webinar will present an overview of the new Blended Retirement System, education plan for service and family members, as well as a “question and answer” session with program and policy directors.

Blended retirement system implementation timeline

The new blended retirement system will become effective Jan. 1, 2018. All members currently serving will be grandfathered into the current system, but those with less than 12 years of service will have the option to opt into the new system. This post outlines the implementation timeline, training, and other important facts about the new blended retirement system.