Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma Welcomes New Commanding Officer

PETALUMA, Calif. – Capt. Christopher J. Hall relieved Capt. Brian J. Marvin as the new commanding officer of Training Center Petaluma today at 10:00 a.m.

Capt. Marvin’s four-year command assignment was the longest period that any Army or Coast Guard Commanding Officer has ever served at “Two Rock” in its 65-year history. Accomplishments during the past four years include the training of 18,000 sailors and establishment a state-of-the-art training facility for crews manning the Coast Guard’s newest cutters.

During his tour, the training center continued it strong commitment to the community, supplying countless volunteers to many local non-profit organizations, including Rebuilding Petaluma and the Petaluma COTS program, and supporting local elementary schools with mentorship and tutoring. The Training Center Fire Department responded to over 400 vehicle accidents, fires, and other emergencies in the Two Rock area, and was part of Sonoma County’s strike teams sent to wildfires throughout California.

Capt. Marvin’s next assignment is in Alameda, Calif., where he will help establish a Forces Command which will support the readiness of the Coast Guard and help manage all Coast Guard Training Centers nation-wide. Capt. Marvin will reside in Petaluma.

Capt. Hall is coming from Washington, D.C., where he was the Chief of the Office of Search and Rescue at Coast Guard Headquarters. His previous experience includes tours in the White House and as a pilot in San Diego and Washington, D.C., Capt. Hall will reside on base.

Rear Adm. Daniel May, U.S. Coast Guard Director of Reserve and Training, presided over the ceremony. Invited guests included training center instructional and support staff and state and local officials.

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