TRACEN Petaluma

Meet the Executive Officer

Commander Brian A. Potter

XOCDR Brian Potter was born in Columbus, OH, and raised in Allentown, PA.  He attended the University of Delaware where he received a Bachelors of Science degree in 1999.  Shortly following graduation, he traveled to New London, CT to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS) where he graduated in 2000. From OCS he journeyed to Pensacola, FL where he became a winged aviator in August of 2001.  His first stop following flight school was Air Station Miami, flying the HH-65A/B Dolphin helicopter, followed by another four-year tour at Air Station Atlantic City where he help stand up the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility in Washington, DC.  In 2009, CDR Potter was selected to attend Aviation Safety Graduate School at Embry-Riddle University, leaving Daytona Beach, FL with his Masters Degree in Human Factors and Systems in 2011. Following graduate school, he received orders to Washington, DC, putting his degree to use at the Office of Safety and Environmental Health (CG-113). In 2015, he was assigned as Operations Officer at Air Station Los Angeles.  

Following the decommissioning of Air Station Los Angeles a year later in 2016, CDR Potter was re-assigned as Operations Officer at Air Station San Francisco, where he directed the tactical performance of a 160-member, multi-mission Air Station that operates seven MH-65D helicopters to protect two-thirds of the California coast using 24/7 duty crews at two staging locations. In May 2019, CDR Potter assumed the duties of Executive Officer at Training Center Petaluma.

CDR Potter is married to Jo-Yvonne and they have 3 children - Everett, Elliana, and Julian.