Training Center Petaluma

Training Center Petaluma

Training Center Petaluma is a Coast Guard training facility in the northern California counties of Sonoma and Marin. Approximately 4,000 students train there each year. It was formerly the Two Rock Coast Guard Station.

The station is located in a rural area north of San Francisco at . It is about from the coast and west of the city of Petaluma, California, at the junction of Tomales Road and Valley Ford road, just south of Stemple Creek and the village of Two Rock, California.

The facility occupies more than of land, which include 129 family housing units and 90 other buildings. It has its own clinic, chapel, fire department, and police.

USCG-USAF Chief Petty Officer Academy

The United States Coast Guard operates the Chief Petty Officer Academy at the Training Center Petaluma. This Academy trains Petty Officers for the Coast Guard and the United States Air Force.

Enlisted Coast Guard members who have reached the pay grade of E-7, or Chief Petty Officer, must attend the Chief Petty Officer Academy, or an equivalent Department of Defense school, to be advanced to pay grade E-8. United States Air Force master sergeants, as well as international students representing their respective maritime services, are also eligible to attend this Academy. The basic themes of this school are:

  • Professionalism
  • Leadership
  • Communications
  • Systems thinking and lifelong learning


The U.S. Army built a top-secret communications station on this site during World War II. The Coast Guard took possession on July 1, 1971 and converted it into a training facility.


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