Captain Rob Potter
Captain Rob Potter proudly serves as the 21st Commanding Officer of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. He is responsible for all aviation support to Coast Guard missions across the First Coast Guard District, an area of operations that spans the U.S.-Canadian border to New Jersey and 1,300 miles offshore. The oldest continuously operating aviation unit in the Coast Guard, Air Station Cape Cod’s history dates back to the establishment of an air station on Ten Pound Island, Gloucester, MA in 1925. Air Station Cape Cod was commissioned in its current location on August 29, 1970.
A career aviator, his previous assignments include serving in the Personnel Service Command as the Chief of Officer Assignments (O5 and below) for the Coast Guard. In this capacity, he managed the assignments process and approves permanent change of station (PCS) orders for over 7,000 officers.
Following graduation from the Coast Guard Academy, Captain Potter served as an Engineering Officer aboard the USCGC HAMILTON prior to attending flight school. Upon completion of U.S. Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, he was assigned to Air Station Clearwater, Florida where he flew the H60 Jayhawk Helicopter conducting Search and Rescue (SAR), migrant interdictions, and counter drug missions. In 2006, he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, Oregon where he commanded and instructed SAR and fisheries enforcement missions over the dangerous ocean bars along the rugged Northwest coast. In 2010, he transferred to Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama where he served as the H60 Branch Chief over a cadre of instructor pilots charged to uphold aircrew qualifications and standardization for the entire CG fleet of H60 Aircraft. Following, he proceeded to his first staff assignment on Capitol Hill where he served as the Deputy Coast Guard Senate Liaison. In this capacity, he coordinated and facilitated all engagements between the U. S. Senate and Senior Coast Guard leadership including garnering support for the CG’s $10B budget and legislation priorities. After two years on “The Hill” he assumed the duties as both the Response Officer and Air Operations officer at Sector/Air Station San Diego where he lead and oversaw all law enforcement, pollution, and SAR cases executed in southern California and northern Mexico.
Captain Potter’s personal awards include the prominent Captain Witherspoon Award for Inspirational Leadership, a Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, two Commendation Medals, and others. He was inducted in the Coast Guard Academy’s “Hall of Heroes” in 2011 as a member of the Wall of Gallantry for heroic action in aerial flight.
Captain Potter holds a Master in Science from the University of South Alabama and was recognized as the Graduate Student of the Year in 2013. In 2018, he attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a National Security Fellow.
Captain Potter is married to the former Jodi Bateman from Ashburn, Virginia. They are the proud parents of 3 growing young ladies: Makenzie, Madison, and Macie.
CDR Jake S. London
Commander Jake London assumed the duties of Air Station Cape Cod executive officer in June 2023, following one year as the unit's aeronautical engineer.
CDR London hails from Annapolis, MD and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the Coast Guard Academy in 2006. He reported directly to Naval flight training followed by Air Station Miami, where he was an HU-25A/C/D and HC-144A aircraft commander. During this tour he flew missions throughout the Caribbean basin and completed Aeronautical Engineer training, becoming an official red rag holder in 2013.
He then transferred to the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL and assumed the duties of the HC-144A platform engineer. During this tour he oversaw the operational test and evaluation of the first HC-144B, qualified as a flight instructor and examiner, and completed factory test flights and transatlantic delivery for one of the last HC-144 manufactured in Seville, Spain. In 2016 he left Mobile to attend the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, CA where he earned an MBA and completed advanced DHS and DoD program manager certifications.
After postgraduate school he reported to Headquarters CG-41 in Washington, DC where he was system manager for the Coast Guard's C-130J and C-37 fleets. He qualified in the C-130J and deployed in support of JIATF South and International Ice Patrol missions. Alongside partners from CG-711 and CG-931 he led Air Station Kodiak's transition from C-130H to C-130J and bootstrapped a formal acquisition program to purchase and sustain new C-37B (G550) command and control aircraft.
In July 2020, he left headquarters for Aguadilla, Puerto Rico where he took over as the aeronautical engineer at Air Station Borinquen. He oversaw comprehensive facility repairs and qualified in the MH-65D and MH-60T as the unit transitioned aircraft. In July of 2022, he left the tropical waters of Puerto Rico, requalified in the HC-144, and reported to Air Station Cape Cod.
Commander London earned various personal and team awards throughout his career. He is a senior program manager and holds an FAA Airline Transport Pilot license with multiple type ratings and instructor certificates.
Throughout his entire career, he's been unconditionally supported by his better half, Dr. Julie (Flickinger) London of Annapolis, MD.
Master Chief Jacob Linder
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Jacob Linder assumed the duties of Air Station Cape Cod’s Command Master Chief on July 3rd, 2019 after serving as the Leading Chief Petty Officer at Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles, WA. His prior operational assignments include Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Air Station Humboldt Bay, Air Station Miami, Air Station San Francisco, and Coast Guard Cutter VALIANT.
Master Chief Linder was a career MH-65D Flight Mechanic and Enlisted Flight Examining Board Chair with over 1,470 flight hours and holds his FAA Airframe and Powerplant certification.
Master Chief Linder attended the Chief Petty Officer Academy in June 2013 and the Senior Enlisted Leadership course in March 2016. He is trained as a Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer, group and strategic responder as well as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) and various other aviation leadership and technical training certifications.
Master Chief Linder is married to retired Senior Chief Boatswain’s Mate Clare M. Linder and they have two children: Troy and Morgan.