Captain David "Lee" Petty
Captain Lee Petty assumed the duties as Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in June 2014, after having served at the Pentagon as the Coast Guard Liaison to the Director of Surface Warfare, OPNAV N96.
Commander Riley Gatewood assumed duty as Deputy Commander, Patrol Forces Southwest Asia 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.COMMAND MASTER CHIEF
Master Chief Petty Officer Archie Lee assumed the duties of Command Master Chief, U.S. Coast 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.