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Patrol Forces Southwest Asia






Captain David "Lee" Petty

Captain Lee Petty assumed the duties as Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in JunePhoto CAPT David Petty 2014, after having served at the Pentagon as the Coast Guard Liaison to the Director of Surface Warfare, OPNAV N96.

Captain Petty is a 1992 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government and commission as a Coast Guard Ensign. His first tour of duty was aboard the Portsmouth, Virginia based USCGC TAMPA (WMEC-902), where he served as a Deck Watch Officer. From 1994 to 1996, he served as Executive Officer of USCGC KEY LARGO (WPB-1324), a 110-foot Island Class patrol boat home ported in Savannah, Georgia. Captain Petty subsequently served in Cleveland, Ohio, as a command center duty officer for the Ninth Coast Guard District. In 1999, he returned to sea duty as Commanding Officer of USCGC PADRE (WPB 1328), which was home ported in Key West, Florida. Following his tour on PADRE, Captain Petty attended graduate school at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, where he received a Master’s degree in Public Administration. As a follow-on assignment, from 2003 to 2006 he served as a program analyst in the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Planning and Performance (CG-81). From there, he transferred to Pascagoula, Mississippi, where he served as Commanding Officer of USCGC SHAMAL (WPC-13), a 179-foot U.S. Navy CYCLONE-Class patrol coastal on temporary loan to the Coast Guard. Captain Petty subsequently returned to Coast
Guard Headquarters from 2008 to 2011, where he served as the Personnel Allowance and Staffing Division Chief within the Office of Resource Management (CG-83). He returned to Sea duty in 2011, serving as Commanding Officer of USCGC DEPENDABLE (WMEC-626), a 210-foot medium endurance cutter home ported in Cape May, New Jersey.
Captain Petty is a permanent cutterman, and has been awarded four Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and other service and unit awards.


Commander Riley Gatewood assumed duty as Deputy Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest AsiaPhoto Deputy Commander Gatewood in May 2014, after having served as the Operational Planning & Readiness Branch Chief for the First Coast Guard District in Boston, Massachusetts. He has served in a variety of assignments specializing in operations afloat.Commander Gatewood began his career in the Coast Guard by enlisting in 1988. He attended Officer Candidate School in 1996, and upon commissioning, began serving as a Deck Watch Officer in Kodiak, Alaska aboard USCGC FIREBUSH (WLB-393). He was assigned as the Operations Officer a year later. In 1988, Commander Gatewood was assigned as the Officer-In-Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 201 for Tactical Law enforcement Team North (TACLET North) based in Portsmouth, Virginia. He returned to Kodiak in June of 2000, where he served as the Operations Officer and Navigator aboard USCGC STORIS (WMEC-38). In July of 2002, Commander Gatewood assumed command of USCGC MONHEGAN (WPB-1305) based in Key West, Florida. In July 2004, Commander Gatewood reported to the Professional Development Branch at the United States Coast Guard Academy as a Nautical Science Instructor. In June of 2007, Commander Gatewood assumed command of USCGC CYPRESS (WLB-210) based in Mobile, Alabama.

Commander Gatewood’s personal awards include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals with operational distinguishing device, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational distinguishing device, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, the Navy/Marine Corp Achievement Medal, and two Commandant’s Letter of Commendations.

Master Chief Archie Lee

Master Chief Petty Officer Archie Lee assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, U.S. CoastPhoto Master Chief Lee Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in June 2014. In this role, he is the Senior Enlisted Advisor for more than 300 Coast Guard personnel assigned to locations in Bahrain, Kuwait, and Afghanistan, as well as, six 110-foot Coast Guard cutters assigned to the NAVCENT area of operations. Master Chief Lee was most recently assigned as the Branch Chief and COTR for the Base Miami Galley, overseeing all galley operations.

Previous duties include Coast Guard FS A-School Asst. School Chief, Petaluma, CA, Food Service Officer ISC Miami Beach, Food Service Officer CGC Harriet Lane, Galley Supervisor ISC New Orleans, Food Service Officer Station Gloucester Ma, Food Service Officer CGC Point Estero, Duty Food Service Specialist CGC Gallatin, Coast Guard Headquarter, YN A-School, Deck Department CGC Mellon. Master Chief Lee also served three years in the Army with tours in Augsburg Germany and Fort Sill, OK. Master Chief Lee’s military awards include a meritorious service medal, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation with operational distinguishing device,. He has also earned a permanent Cutterman’s insignia.

Master Chief Lee is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy and Coast Guard Senior Enlisted Leadership Course. A Native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Master Chief Lee has two children, a daughter Alexis and son Jalen. His Kids currently resides in Pembroke Pines, Fl.

Last Modified 11/19/2014