Entrance sign in 2008
Entrance sign in 2008

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.[1] It was formerly the U.S. Army Two Rock Ranch Station.[1]

The training center is located in a rural area north of San Francisco at 38°15′N 122°47′W / 38.25°N 122.79°W / 38.25; -122.79Coordinates: 38°15′N 122°47′W / 38.25°N 122.79°W / 38.25; -122.79. It is about 9 mi (14 km) from the coast and 9 mi (14 km) west of the city of Petaluma, California, west of 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 800 acres (320 ha) of land, which include 129 family housing units and 90 other buildings. It has its own clinic, chapel, fire department, and police.[1]

Rating specific training schools

Students at the individual "A" schools receive entry level training in one of these ratings:

Graduates of these "A" schools can be advanced to Petty Officer Third Class and are then assigned to a new duty station.

"C" school training is also offered for advanced training in each of these ratings.

Subject matter specialists and course writers

Each of the "A" schools at Training Center Petaluma has Subject Matter Specialists and Course Writers assigned to it for the purpose of developing up to date course materials and instructional aids relative to each rating. These specialists are usually Chief Petty Officers that are very experienced in their rating. Courses developed are used in the field to help enlisted persons learn new skills in their rating. Advancement is dependent in successful completion of these courses and passing grades on Service-wide Examinations in each rating.

Chief Petty Officer Academy

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

Enlisted Coast Guardsmen who have advanced to Chief Petty Officer, must attend the Chief Petty Officer Academy, or an equivalent Department of Defense school, to be advanced Senior Chief Petty Officer; 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:

Other advanced training

Other schools offered include advanced leadership training in Course Design, Instructor Development, Professional Development as well as Instructional Systems training.


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.[1] Up until that time, the facility was one of the major radio intercept posts in the U.S., referred to by a Monitoring Station Designator.[2]

Environmental hazards

As of 2007, the site carried over 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) of lead and 290 pounds (130 kg) were being released into the air each year.[3] These releases have been ongoing since at least 2001.[4]

Year Lead released
2011 392 pounds (178 kg)
2010 311 pounds (141 kg)
2009 312 pounds (142 kg)
2008 273 pounds (124 kg)
2007 299 pounds (136 kg)
2006 331.2 pounds (150.2 kg)
2005 191 pounds (87 kg)
2004 194 pounds (88 kg)
2003 191.8 pounds (87.0 kg)
2002 175.7 pounds (79.7 kg)
2001 223 pounds (101 kg)

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "History of Training Center Petaluma". United States Coast Guard. United States Department of Homeland Security. Retrieved May 11, 2018.
  2. ^ Budiansky, Stephen (2016). Code Warriors. New York: Alfred A. Knopf. p. 301. ISBN 9780385352666.
  3. ^ "Form R for U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, document control number 1307205898176". Envirofacts Warehouse. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2009-04-28.
  4. ^ "Toxic Release Inventory Envirofacts Report". Envirofacts Warehouse. United States Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved October 23, 2012.