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Source: United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma to receive new commanding officer

WHO: Capt. Matthew Chong, incoming commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma; Capt. Steven Ramassini, outgoing commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma

WHAT: Capt. Matthew Chong is scheduled to replace Capt. Steven Ramassini as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma during a change-of-command ceremony

WHEN: Friday at 10 a.m.

WHERE: Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma at 599 Tomales Rd., Petaluma, CA 94952

Editor’s Note: Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to PADETSF@uscg.mil by 8 p.m. Thursday. The event is not open to the general public. However, anyone interested in viewing the ceremony can watch live on the Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma Facebook page.

PETALUMA, Calif. — Capt. Matthew Chong is scheduled to replace Capt. Steven Ramassini as the commanding officer of Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, Friday, during a change-of-command ceremony.

Rear Adm. Michael Raymond, commander of Coast Guard Force Readiness Command in Norfolk, Virginia, is scheduled to preside over the event.

Ramassini’s next assignment is at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. where he will be the chief of Coast Guard Office of Navigation Systems, overseeing the primary Coast Guard programs that provide safety for mariners across the country, which includes the Coast Guard’s Aids to Navigation Division, the Navigation Standards Division and the Navigation Technology and Risk Management Division.

Chong is reporting to Petaluma from his special assignment as team leader for the Coast Guard’s Personnel Readiness Task Force. Chong spent nearly 12 years at sea, including serving as the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Cutters Kiska and Venturous; executive officer of Coast Guard Cutters Naushon and Valiant; and deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Alert. He was also the commanding officer of Coast Guard Patrol Forces Southwest Asia Relief where he commanded the Coast Guard Cutters Baranof, Aquidneck, Wrangell, Monomoy and Maui in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

The commanding officer of Training Center Petaluma orchestrates the development and delivery of training to over one-third of the Coast Guard’s enlisted workforce, managing a complex training portfolio of more than 40 apprentice and continuing-education training courses that prepare new petty officers and advanced-course graduates to execute Coast Guard missions.

The change-of-command ceremony is a time-honored tradition aboard ships and shore commands. It represents a total transfer of responsibility, authority and accountability from one individual to another. The event ensures the continuity of leadership and operations within the training center. 

-USCG-

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