Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma to hold change of command

11th Coast Guard District NewsPETALUMA, Calif. – The command of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma is scheduled to be transferred from Capt. Chris Hall to Capt. Erin Brogan during a change of command ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 29 at the Training Center.

Hall commanded Training Center Petaluma for three years during which the center earned several prestigious awards for training and performance improvement initiatives, including 11 awards from the International Society for Performance Improvement and 4 from the American Society for Training and Development.

He established the “Petaluma Green” program, which included a number of environmental improvement initiatives throughout the base. Most notable was the development of a five-acre solar array which was highlighted at the 2010 United Nations Climate Change Conference and was featured in the 2010 Coast Guard Posture Statement as setting the example on energy conservation and green initiatives throughout the service.

Hall also strengthened partnerships throughout the community by establishing a culture of volunteerism among the training center personnel, who willingly donated over 20,000 off-duty hours in service to local charitable causes.

Hall’s next assignment is at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he will be the chief of the Coast Guard Force Readiness Command training division, responsible for overseeing the Coast Guard’s entire training system.

Brogan is reporting to Petaluma from his assignment as the Coast Guard liaison officer to the U.S. Pacific Command in Honolulu. Brogan’s afloat tours include commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak, executive officer and plank owner of Cutter Cuttyhunk, and deck watch officer aboard Cutter Evergreen. He was also the commanding officer, Training Quota Management Center Chesapeake and executive officer of the Integrated Support Command Honolulu.

The change of command ceremony is a time-honored tradition which formally restates to the officers and crew of the command the continuity of the authority vested in the commanding officer. This unique military ritual represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority, and accountability from one leader to the next.

The ceremony culminates when both officers read their orders, face one another and salute. This signifies to the entire command that the transfer of responsibility has formally taken place.

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