About Us

The United States Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association is unique among service organizations in that it was created by the Chiefs, of the Chiefs, and for the Chiefs of the United States Coast Guard.

Chapter Officers:

  • President: ITC Rick Paauwe
  • VP: OSC Jesse Switzer
  • Treasurer: SKC Jennifer DeJong
  • Secretary: ITC Neil Garrand

The CPOA is a not for profit, war veterans designated 501(c)(19) per the Tax Guide for Veteran’s Organizations.

Founded in August of 1964, the Golden Gate Chapter of the Chief Petty Officers Association is the oldest continuous chapter. From August 1964 to January 1966 it was known as Base Alameda CPOA, Recruit Tracen Government Island. From January 1966 to August 1975 is was known as the 12th Coast Guard District Chapter. In August 1975 the name was changed to the San Francisco Chapter and was headquartered in San Francisco, on Sansome St. The chapters location changed to USCG Tracen Alameda in August 1979. In August of 1984, the chapter was renamed to the Golden Gate Chapter, and its location changed again when the Chiefs Hut was dedicated in January 1989.


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The USCG Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) is a not for profit organization. The opinions expressed on this website are not to be construed as being official or reflecting the views of the Dept. of Homeland Security, the U. S. Coast Guard or officials there.


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Chief Petty Officers Association – Golden Gate Chapter

Email: CPOAGoldenGate1969@Gmail.com

Coast Guard Island, Alameda, CA 94501

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