PETALUMA, Calif. — The Coast Guard Community Service Command (CSC) and the Coast Guard Exchange (CGX) are proud to announce the grand opening of the all-new CGX at the Coast Guard Training Center at Petaluma, Calif., with a dedication ceremony scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Present at the ceremony will be Vice Mayor Chris Albertson, City of Petaluma; Rear Adm. David R. Callahan, commander, Coast Guard Personnel Service Center; Capt. R. Erin Brogan, commander, TRACEN Petaluma; and Capt. Robert McKenna, CSC commanding officer.
The $2.75 million exchange project is anticipated to generate an additional $100,000 in revenue to vendors in the local community. Additionally, this expansion enabled CGX Petaluma to hire six additional employees from the local area, including four Coast Guard dependents.
The all-new exchange replaces two older facilities and offers an expanded merchandise assortment, all under one roof. There is a greater assortment of groceries and food items as well as larger departments of electronics, apparel, shoes and accessories, all in an 8,000 square foot store with state of the art retail fixtures and a decidedly Coast Guard themed motif.
The mission of the Coast Guard Exchange is to provide quality merchandise and convenience to our Coast Guard men and women as well as authorized patrons at competitive prices.
As a support organization within the CSC of the Coast Guard, the CGX operates 66 exchanges throughout the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. Income generated by the resale operation is used to provide the Coast Guard with supplemental funding to the service’s Morale, Well-being and Recreation (MWR) program. In the past 10 years, CGX has given more than $22.7 million to Coast Guard MWR.