TRACEN Petaluma

Meet the Command Master Chief

CMC Thomas D Daniels

CMC Master Chief Thomas Daniels assumed the duties as Command Master Chief, Training Center Petaluma on May 25th, 2018. Prior to joining the Coast Guard he served 4 years in the Navy as a Radioman and served aboard 2 FFGs. One was the USS Nicholas and the other was the USS Fanning.

After attending basic training at Cape May, NJ in 1997, he was assigned to Station St. Clair Shores, MI. 6 months into his tour he received orders to attend Machinery Technician “A” School. Upon completion of “A” School, he was assigned to the USCGC ACUSHNET as a new MK3. After a successful tour and advancing to MK1, he received orders to MSO Hampton Roads, VA. During his tour, he helped head up the Maritime Armed Security Team as well as cross trained with Portsmouth’s S.W.A.T. and the F.B.I. From there he received orders to Training Center Yorktown where he was an “A” and “C” school instructor. While assigned to Training Center Yorktown he was advanced to E-7 on April 1st, 2008 and received orders to USCGC HARRIET LANE. After his tour on the USCGC HARRIET LANE, he completed a one year tour on the USCGC CYPRESS and then reported as the Assistant Engineering Officer at SECTOR MOBILE. In June of 2014 he assumed the duties as Command Master Chief at SECTOR JACKSONVILLE.

Master Chief Daniels personal awards include the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with “O” device, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, two with “O” devices, Combat Action Ribbon, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation with “O” device, the 9/11 Medal, and he has earned the Permanent Cutterman Insignia.

Master Chief Daniels is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy Class CLVII.

He is a native Kettering, Ohio and married to the former Donna Gail Peters of Kettering, Ohio. Together they have two sons; Tanner Thomas Ray and Riley Douglas Ray