Captain Kathy Felger has served as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J., since July 2019. In this role, she oversees the basic military indoctrination training of approximately 4,000 new Coast Guard men and women annually and is responsible for operations and mission support of the Coast Guard’s fifth largest base.
Prior to Training Center Cape May, Captain Felger served as the Enlisted Assignments Branch Chief at the Coast Guard Personnel Service Center. As Chief of Enlisted Assignments, she was responsible for the overall execution of the assignment process for the 33,000 member Coast Guard enlisted workforce.
As a senior Cutterman, Captain Felger has over ten years of sea duty including tours as Commanding Officer USCGC THETIS (WMEC 910) and USCGC DRUMMOND (WPB 1323), both homeported in Key West, FL. She served as Executive Officer of USCGC DEPENDABLE (WMEC 626) and USCGC SITKINAK (WPB 1329), and as First Lieutenant aboard USCGC MOHAWK (WMEC 913). Captain Felger also spent several summers as a Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC EAGLE (WIX 327) and earned the Order of the Square Rigger in 2009.
Captain Felger’s assignments ashore include serving as a Congressional Fellow in the United States Senate, detailed to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, as a Company Officer at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy and as a Command Duty Officer in Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida. Captain Felger is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and a 1997 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy. She earned a Master’s Degree in Leadership, Education and Development from the University of Maryland in 2007 and a Master’s in Strategic Studies from the Air War College in 2017.
Her awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals and various other personal and unit awards.
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