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Commentary | Sept. 22, 2022

Coast Guard Commandant hosts 40th annual Coast Guard National Retiree Council meeting 

By Zach Shapiro, MyCG Writer 

Adm. Linda L. Fagan, Commandant of the Coast Guard, hosted the Coast Guard National Retiree Council’s (CGNRC) 40th annual meeting Sept. 7-8. 
This year’s meeting was held in a hybrid format.  During the meeting the CGNRC discussed ways to support efforts to transition active duty members of the Coast Guard into civilian life and to “better connect active duty members and retirees,” according to Bob Hinds, Retiree Services Program manager. “The CGNRC will be evaluating potential software solutions to help connect and match transitioning members with retirees who can best support their transition,” CGNRC co-chair retired Rear Adm. Jeff Hathaway added. 
Coast Guard leadership briefed the CGNRC on the progress that has been made to the Audit Error Worksheet processing which will decrease delays in payment of Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability claims.  The group also discussed issues related to retirees and transitioning members getting relevant health records certified for disability claim processing.  
Coast Guard leaders also discussed opportunities for the retiree community to support ongoing service-wide recruitment and retention initiatives. “RDML (s) Dash asked for the retiree community’s support in the recruiting effort,” Hinds noted. The CGNRC and service leadership also aligned expectations regarding staffing and meeting ongoing reporting requirements and benchmarks. 
Chartered in 1982, CGNRC’s mission is to foster ongoing communication between the Commandant and the Coast Guard retiree community. The CGNRC, a cornerstone of the Coast Guard Retiree Services Program, meets annually at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C., to receive key updates from leadership, learn how the CGNRC can support ongoing service needs and initiatives, receive briefings from CGNRC partners and affinity groups, as well as discuss retiree issues.  
If you have any questions about CGNRC and the Coast Guard Retiree Services Program, please contact Bob Hinds
In the news:  
RADM Hathaway and MCPO Lloyd Pierce release the CG National Retiree Council’s Annual Report 
2022 CGNRC Annual Meeting Presentations