the Commanding Officer
Captain Charles Fosse
Captain Fosse assumed the duties as Commanding Officer, Training Center Petaluma in May, 2013. He leads a talented staff of over 500 active duty, civilian, and contract employees who deliver training and provide base support functions for 7 apprentice A-schools and 26 advanced C-schools impacting over 15,000 resident and non-resident students a year. Prior to reporting to Petaluma, Captain Fosse completed a one-year fellowship with the Homeland Security Studies and Analysis Institute in Arlington, Virginia serving as the Coast Guard liaison and subject matter expert, linking the Institute's analysis agenda with Coast Guard program requirements, while completing Coast Guard Senior Service School requirements.
With over ten years of service at sea, Captain Fosse conducted search and rescue, environmental protection, humanitarian assistance and law enforcement missions from the North Atlantic to the Caribbean, and the Bering Sea to the Equator. He began his afloat tours serving as Operations Officer in USCGC LAUREL, a 180 foot seagoing buoy tender homeported in Mayport, Florida. His operational career has spanned afloat duty as Weapons Officer in USCGC MELLON in Seattle, Washington, as Commanding Officer in USCGC LONG ISLAND in San Diego, California, as Executive Officer in USCGC TAMPA in Portsmouth, Virginia, and most recently as Commanding Officer in USCGC SENECA in Boston, Massachusetts.
Captain Fosse's shore and staff assignments include Operations Center Controller at Coast Guard First District Headquarters in Boston, Performance and Training Manager of operational forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC, and as Deputy Director for Training and Evaluation at the White House Military Office in Washington, DC.
A native of Southern Illinois, Captain Fosse graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1992 and in 2002 earned a Master of Science degree in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University. His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals with the Operational Distinguishing Device, the Presidential Service Badge for successful service in support of the President of the United States, and numerous other personal and unit awards.