Commander, USCGC DEPENDABLE
United States Coast Guard
Commander Lee 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. Commander 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, Commander 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. Commander Petty reports to USCGC DEPENDABLE after recently serving as the Personnel Allowance and Pay Accounts Division Chief within the Headquarters Office of Resource Management (CG-83).
Commander Petty has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, five Coast Guard Commendation Medals (with Operational Distinguishing Device), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal (with Operational Distinguishing Device), and several unit awards. A native of Circleville, Ohio.