Master Chief Frank A. Welch
On October 10, 2002, Master Chief Quartermaster Franklin A. Welch assumed his duties as the Ninth Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard. In his most recent assignment, Master Chief Welch served as Officer in Charge of USCGC SOCKEYE (WPB 87337), homeported in Bodega Bay, California. His first operational tasking aboard SOCKEYE was to command her through an initial homeport transit of 6,000 nautical miles from New Orleans, Louisiana, to her homeport of Bodega Bay. Prior to this assignment, Master Chief Welch served as Officer in Charge, USCGC POINT CHICO (WPB 82339), also homeported in Bodega Bay.
Master Chief Welch has attended many specialized training courses during his career, including the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Academy. He was the President of Class XXVI.
Master Chief Welch has earned the permanent Cutterman, Coxswain, Command Master Chief, Chief Petty Officer Academy, and Officer in Charge Afloat pins. His military awards include three Meritorious Service Medals with “O” device, 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 Humanitarian Service Medal, three Special Operations Service Ribbons, five Coast Guard Sea Service ribbons, and the Coast Guard Rifle and Pistol Marksmanship ribbons.
Master Chief Welch, 43, a native of Texas, is married to the former Mari Lynn Perry of Newport, Rhode Island. They reside in Arlington, Virginia, with one of their two children, John, age 16.