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Information updated 2 September 2014

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TRICARE Service Center Walk-In Service Ending

Walk-in service ended at TRICARE Service Centers in the U.S. on April 1, 2014.

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Peterson's Online Academic Skills Course (OASC) and College Placement Skills Training (CPST)

Build your academic skills for military and college success.  Fully funded by DOD for active duty, selected reserve, civilians and their family members, these comprehensive academic skills courses prepare you for military exams and college placement exams like the Accuplacer and COMPASS.  They have a pre-assessment which will help you gauge your strengths and weaknesses.  You will receive a personalized set of lessons based on your pre-assessment.  The lessons have interactive activities, flash cards and quizzes.  And you can evaluate your progress and gauge your leaning through post-assessment and practice tests. You can find the OASC and CPST by going to

Congratulations to the following personnel on passing their End-of-Course Test (EOCT):

Passed Exams/Congratulations

MEC Jonathan Bowden TACLET South EPME8
LT Sawyer Mann A/S Miami FAA (MCI)
MK2 Eric Novo TACLET South MK1
ME2 Garret Macrine TACLET South TCTSG

And if you’ve just finished a College Degree Program and received your degree or have any other noteworthy academic achievement you would like us to recognize, please let us know so we can recognize you for it.

IT1 Allen McDonald ESD Miami Associates Degree
AMT2 David Hetticher A/S Miami Associates Degree

Troops To Teachers Info

Troops to Teachers (TTT) is managed by the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Pensacola, Florida.

The purpose of TTT is to assist eligible military personnel to transition to a new career as public school teachers in “high-need” schools. A network of state offices  has been established to provide participants with counseling and assistance regarding certification requirements, routes to state certification, and employment leads.

The TTT homepage provides information and resource links, including a job referral system to allow participants to search for job vacancies as well as links to state Departments of Education, state certification offices, model resumes, and other job listing sites in public education. Troops to Teachers is not a teacher certification program. Troops to Teachers Candidates must meet all state teacher certification requirements for the state where they desire to teach.

For more information about this program please visit

Educational Information

* Georgia Tech Online Master of Science in Computer Science.  The Georgia Institute of Technology College of Computing is offering a professional online Master of Science degree in computer science (OMS CS) that can be earned completely through the "massive online" format.  The degree will be provided in collaboration with online education leader Udacity Inc. and AT&T.

All OMS CS course content will be delivered via the massive open online course (MOOC) format, with enhanced support services for students enrolled in the degree program.  Students also will pay a fraction of the cost of traditional on-campus mater's programs; total tuition for the program is initially expected to be below $7,000.

Said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan: “Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have quickly become one of the most significant catalysts of innovation in higher education. As parents know all too well, America urgently needs new ideas about how to make higher education accessible and affordable. This new collaboration between Georgia Tech, AT&T and Udacity, and the application of the MOOC concept to advanced-degree programs, will further the national debate—pushing from conversations about technology to new models of instruction and new linkages between higher education and employers.”

While courses related to the OMS CS will be available free of charge on the Udacity site, only those students granted admission to Georgia Tech will receive credit. Degree-seeking students will pay tuition based either on individual courses or the entire degree program. Georgia Tech and Udacity also will develop a separate credential for those students who successfully complete courses but do not qualify for full graduate standing.

Georgia Tech recently surveyed the first cohort of OMS CS students, who began coursework in January 2014, and 93 percent said they would recommend the program to others. Also, nearly two-thirds said that OMS CS surpassed their expectations.

Please go to for additional information.

* Open Course Option for Associate in Science in Business Administration.  The Open Course Option is a new degree pathway created by Thomas Edison State College which allows students to complete the Associate in Science in Business Administration degree by taking free, open, online courses from the Saylor Foundation that are aligned with the College’s prior learning assessment program.

The option enables students to take open courses at no cost and then apply what they learned in those open courses by successfully completing a portfolio assessment or the College’s credit-by-exam program, TECEP®. Some credits can also be earned by passing a College-Level Exam Program (CLEP) exam or’s own NCCRS exams, which have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS). Students using the Open Course option will also complete the College’s new online prior learning assessment courses, PLA-100 and PLA-200.

The Open Course option is self-paced, so students can complete courses and assessments on their own schedule, independent from monthly semesters and deadlines.

Thomas Edison State College subject matter experts (mentors) have reviewed each course for quality, consistency, and appropriateness, and then paired it with a corresponding Thomas Edison State College course.  Therefore, you should be mastering the same learning outcomes going through a Saylor course, as you would by going through a Thomas Edison State College course.  Then all you need to do is go to Thomas Edison State College and prove to them that you learned something, and they’ll give you credit and a degree.

The main focus of this pathway is flexibility, so you can progress through this process in any way you choose.  However, there are three “milestones” that you need to accomplish in a specific order.  Here's a link to their web site:

* Bellevue University.  The attached document announces that Bellevue University has partnered with the USCG Chief Petty Officers Assocation/Enlisted Association and provides a $1,000 military grant to new students.  The grant can be requested at

They also have seven programs with tuition at $250 per credit.

For all military students:

BBA Advanced Manufacturing in the Business Enterprise – Flexxive model (contains all the general ed credits, the major, and the capstone – no book costs) BBA Business Enterprise and Essential Management Skills – Flexxive model (contains all the general ed credits, the major, and the capstone – no book costs)

For Active duty military:
BS Criminal Justice
BS Investigations
BS IT Operations Management
BS Management
BS Leadership (coming very soon)

* SAT.  The College Board and Khan Academy have developed practice materials to help students prepare for the current SAT.  The materials are available free of charge at

* Mango Languages.  This is a reminder that we still have access to Mango Languages.  This program provides personnel access to a web site where you can learn six languages, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Russian and English as a Second Language.  Mango Languages can be accessed from either a CGWS or your home computer.  Users can also take Mango along on their travels with a downloadable MP3 audio app for iphones, ipod touch and ipad.

All active duty, reserve, civilian and auxiliary members and their spouses assigned to units within the Seventh District can utilize this program.  Personnel assigned within the Air Station Miami complex, AVDET and local Recruiting Offices, just need to send me an e-mail.  I'll get you registered and will send you your user name and password.

Air Station Miami OMBUDSMAN - Supporting CG Families

Since 1986, Ombudsmen have served as a vital link between Coast Guard families donating their time and energy to provide support, which enables execution of our many challenging missions.  In addition, Ombudsmen serve as a liaison between the commanding officer or the officer-in-charge and families to provide insight on the state of the unit, and to enable proactive response to minimize or preclude the impact family concerns may have on mission readiness.  Ombudsmen help to reduce social isolation among family members by providing direct communication to families and facilitating and promoting a healthy sense of community among Coast Guard members and their families. Contact:

Air Station Miami OMBUDSMAN:
Lindsey Zackman
Phone: 786-877-0394

Key West MWR

For a list of MWR Activities at NAS Key West, click on the following link for their updated Flyer:

NAS Key West Activities Flyer

Health Tip Of The Week

Each week we will try to provide a "Health Tip Of The Week". This weeks tip can be found at the following website:

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