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Meet the Command Master Chief

CMC Derek Foster

Command Master ChiefOn July 1, 2011, Master Chief Derek Foster assumed the duties as Command Master Chief of the United States Coast Guard Training Center in Petaluma, California.

Master Chief Foster hails from Dallas, Texas.  After serving a successful tour in the United States Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines.  He joined the Coast Guard in February 1992; attending basic training in Cape May, New Jersey.

Master Chief Foster’s duty assignments have included Yeoman “A” School, Petaluma, CA;  District Staff, Seventeen Coast Guard District Juneau, AK; Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Ketchikan Det. Juneau, AK; Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Seattle, WA; Coast Guard Communication Station Kodiak, AK; Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Kodiak, AK; Coast Guard Integrated Support Command Honolulu, HI; Maintenance and Logistic Command Pacific, Alameda, CA; and Personnel Service Center, Detached Duty Alameda, CA..

Master Chief Foster has attended many specialized training courses during his career including the U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, Class CII.  U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy, Class CXXXIV and the U.S. Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.

Master Chief Foster’s military awards include Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Commandant Letters of Commendation, Global War Terror Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious. Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious. Team Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Coast Guard Presidential Unit Citation, Marine Good Conduct Medal, Navy Sea Svc Deployment Ribbon, Coast Guard Good Conduct Medal, and the Department of Transportation  Outstanding Unit Award.

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