OSCS William D. Putnam
United States Coast Guard
Command Senior Chief, Sector Baltimore
Senior Chief Putnam assumed the duties and responsibilities of the Command Senior Chief for Sector Baltimore, Maryland on 5 August 2011. As the Sector Command Senior Chief he will work outside the chain of command, report directly to and advise and consult with the Sector Commander, and will be responsible for assisting the command and subordinate commands in maintaining readiness, managing leadership training opportunities, and promoting professional development.
At the time of his selection as the Sector Command Senior Chief he served at Coast Guard Headquarters as a Requirements Analyst in the Office of C4 and Sensors Capabilities. Senior Chief Putnam’s other Coast Guard assignments have included Operations Specialist In Charge at Headquarters Support Command, Production Recruiter at Recruiting Office Richmond, Virginia; Communications Coordinator at Marine Safety Office Wilmington, North Carolina; USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616) home ported in Wilmington, and Group Portland, Oregon. Senior Chief Putnam has prior service U.S. Navy where he attended Recruit Training, Radioman “A” School, and International Morse Code Operator School at Naval Training Center, San Diego, California. His other Navy assignments include the USNS Neosho (T-AO 143) and the USNS Henry J Kaiser (T-AO 187), both ships home ported in Norfolk, Virginia.
A native of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Senior Chief Putnam holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Liberal Studies from Excelsior College and a Master of Education Degree in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia. Senior Chief Putnam was also the Honor Graduate for the Coast Guard Recruiting Course in August 2000. He is a graduate of Chief Petty Officer Academy Class CXXIV in Petaluma, California, and the Command Senior Enlisted Leadership Course 04-11 at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Senior Chief Putnam’s personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, four Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, and numerous other individual and unit awards.