Frank A. Welch

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Frank A. Welch
MCPOCG Frank A. Welch
Born1960 (age 58–59)
Texas, United States
Allegiance United States of America
Years of service1980—2006
RankMaster Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard

Franklin A. Welch (born c. 1960)[1] was the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the United States Coast Guard. Welch entered the Coast Guard in 1980 after graduating from Shades Valley High School Class of 1978, in Birmingham, Alabama. A former Master Chief Quartermaster, he served in office from October 10, 2002 to June 14, 2006, and served in the Coast Guard for over 26 years.

Welch, a native of Texas, is married to Mari Lynn Perry of Newport, Rhode Island. They live in Spotsylvania, VA.


On October 10, 2002, Welch assumed his duties as the ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. In his most recent assignment, Welch served as Officer-in-Charge of USCGC Sockeye, homeported at Station Bodega Bay, California. His first operational tasking aboard Sockeye was to command her through an initial homeport transit of 6,000 nautical miles (11,000 km) from New Orleans, Louisiana, to her homeport of Bodega Bay. Prior to this assignment, Welch served as Officer-in-Charge, USCGC Point Chico, also homeported in Bodega Bay.

Advancing quickly, Welch served in the Coast Guard for 26 years; thirteen of which were as a Master Chief Petty Officer. He has a diverse background in Coast Guard operations. He has served aboard USCGC Sweetbrier in Cordova, Alaska, where he devoted his off-duty time striking the Quartermaster rating; Aids to Navigation Team Bristol, Rhode Island, as operations and aids to navigation petty officer; USCGC Harriet Lane as assistant navigator and deck watch officer; USCGC Vigorous as assistant navigator and deck watch officer; Fleet Training Unit, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as an underway navigation and visual communications instructor and training liaison officer; and aboard USCGC Galveston Island, homeported in Apra Harbor, Guam, as executive petty officer. Welch also served as "Gold Badge" Command Master Chief for the Ninth Coast Guard District, Cleveland, Ohio, where he represented the enlisted men and women of the "Great Lakes," and as Master Chief of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy in Petaluma, California. Welch was designated as a Master Training Specialist by Commander, Training Command, U.S. Atlantic Fleet where he also received the Coast Guardsman of the Year Award for 1991. In August 2002, he received the Northern California Senior Enlisted Person of the Year (Operational) award sponsored by the United States Navy League.

Welch attended many specialized training courses during his career, including the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy, where he was the president of Class XXVI.

Welch has earned the permanent Cutterman Insignia, Coxswain, Command Master Chief, Chief Petty Officer Academy, and Officer in Charge Afloat pins. His military awards include the Coast Guard Distinguished Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals with "O" device, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal with "O" device, the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation Ribbon with "O" device, two Coast Guard Unit Commendations with "O" device, five Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendations with "O" device, four Meritorious Team Commendation ribbons, the Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation, the Coast Guard Bicentennial Unit Commendation ribbon, seven Coast Guard Good Conduct Medals, two National Defense Service Medals, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Humanitarian Service Medal, three Special Operations Service Ribbons, five Coast Guard Sea Service ribbons, and the Coast Guard Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship ribbons.

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Master Chief Charles (Skip) W. Bowen assumed the duties as the tenth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard on June 14, 2006, in a ceremony held at the USCG Telecommunications and Information Systems Command (TISCOM).


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Preceded by
Vincent W. Patton III
Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard
Succeeded by
Charles W. Bowen