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Training Center Petaluma, locally known as "Two Rock," is located approximately 50 miles north of San Francisco and 10 miles west of Petaluma, California in the coastal region of Sonoma County. Located among dairy farms in the rolling hills of the region, the Training Center covers 804 acres, offering a variety of walking and bicycling opportunities with spectacular vistas of the local countryside.

See TRACEN Petaluma's Reporting Information to learn about reporting to the TRACEN by air, bus or automobile, and about the barracks. If you are unable to connect to the website, contact the school staff for assistance. Please review those directions carefully in addition to these important details.

Check-in at the quarterdeck of Horsley Hall. You will be residing in either Horsley Hall or Steadman Hall. Obtain your room key, linens, a copy of your orders, and the SK "A" School's first day letter with questioner.
There are limited dining services for students arriving after the TRACEN galley closes. A convenience store offers basic grocery items and is open Monday - Friday from 0900 to 2100, Saturday and Sunday 1000 - 2100. Pizzas, sandwiches and finger foods are available at the Consolidated Club / Two Rock Pizza daily from 1700 to 2230 The Two Rock Coffee Co. located in the town center operates Monday - Thursday from 0600 - Midnight, Friday 0600 - 0100, Saturday 0800 - 0100 and Sunday 0800 - Midnight.  You'll need a copy of your orders to eat for free at the dining facility. Monday morning you will be issued a meal card. The Barbershop is open 6 days a week, Monday  -  Friday between 1000 - 1730 Saturday 0900  - 1100, haircuts are $9.00.

If you experience travel delays en-route contact SKC Daryl Niles att 707-765-7147.  You can also leave a message with the Training Center's police department, 24 hours daily, at 707-765-7215.

The Sonoma County Visitor's Guide contains information on the local weather, geography, attractions, and current events. The Official Page for Visiting California's Sonoma Coast


All rooms are triple occupancy. Storage space is limited (Sea Bag Lockers available at Horsley Hall): each occupant has a single bed, desk and locker. Each room is equipped with their own bathroom. Recommend you bring your personal iron (ironing board & linens provided), towels, alarm clock/radio.

Community freezer/refrigerator/microwave oven are located in the recreational deck area of both Halls. Each Hall has television rooms, study rooms, vending machines, recreation area, pay telephones, and a laundry room. Laundry machine are free.


Coast Guard Uniform Regulations, including grooming standards, are strictly enforced at Training Center Petaluma. Uniform of the Day for "A" School students: Operational Dress Uniform (ODU) with ball cap (no unit ball caps). For ceremonies, including the graduation, the USCG Service Dress Blue (B) may be worn. School Chief may require other uniforms for specific events.  There will be a full seabag inspection upon reporting to school (as per Chapter 3 of the Uniform Regulations Manual).

Local Command Windbreakers, Flight Jackets, Green Operational Foul Weather Gear, and Unit Ball Caps are not allowed to be worn on the Training Center.


The school has mail delivery and pick-up, telephone, facsimile and email services available 24 hours daily.

Your mail should be addressed to:

Your Name
c/o SK "A" School Class xx-xx
USCG Training Center
599 Tomales Road
Petaluma, CA 94952-5025

Facsimiles (fax) may be sent to the school at (707) 765-7218.

Cellular phone coverage is limited at the Training Center and you may have poor reception. We recommend you contact your cellular phone provider for further information if you intend to rely upon cellular phone service.

The TRACEN Information Resource Center (IRC) has all the computer resources you'll need. You will receive authorization to use the Coast Guard Standard workstation, after security indoctrination during the first week.

What to Bring

Your Orders and Medical/Health record. Bring any E-PME quals you have completed. If you are taking medications, it is strongly recommended that your health clinic contact the Training Center's pharmacy at 707-765-7194 to verify that sufficient medication is available during your stay. The Training Center's recommendation is "All students on chronic medications should arrive here with sufficient medications to last the duration of school and any leave time until they return to their duty station.  Please note that the TRACEN is located in the country among farms and ranches and visitors report being susceptible to allergies.

If you are here PCS: You MUST bring your vehicle or incur the cost of transporting your vehicle to your next duty station at your own expense!

EPME in "A" School

All "A" school students must pass the EPME apprentice (E-4) Advancement Qualification Exam (AQE) in order to graduate as a Third Class Petty Officer. This applies to all students attending "A" school classes. There will be plenty of homework to keep you busy while in school. For this reason, I strongly encourage all future "A" school students to pass their AQE prior to reporting to school. However, if you are unable to accomplish this prior to reporting, you will have an opportunity to complete it while attending school

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Last Modified 1/12/2016