Master Chief Anthony Castelli assumed the duties as the eighth Command Master Chief for U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey and National Capital Region Air Defense Facility, Washington DC, in the summer of 2019. The Unit is the Coast Guard’s busiest MH-65D Air Station with 11 helicopters, 7480 annual program flight hours, and 2 distinct mission sets: traditional Search and Rescue (SAR) response and Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) alert. The area of responsibility spans from New London CT, to Cape Charles VA; two RWAI alert aircraft at the National Capital Region Air Defense Facility in Washington D.C. , and one on demand RWAI alert aircraft for air defense of the President of the United States and National Special Security Events anywhere in the nation.
As Command Master Chief, he advises Captain Sean O’Brien, the Commanding Officer of the Air Station Atlantic City, on issues and initiatives pertaining to morale, welfare, job satisfaction, discipline, utilization and training of enlisted personnel.
Master Chief Castelli is a 1993 graduate of Paul T. Schreiber HS, Port Washington New York, and graduated Coast Guard Basic Training in August 1993. He graduated Electronics Technician “A” school in July of 1995, and then Aviation Electrical Technician “A” School in March 1999. He advanced to Master Chief in October 2018.
Prior to his current assignment, he served as the Command Master Chief for Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Other assignments include AET “A” and “C” School Chief for Aviation Technical Training Center, Elizabeth City, North Carolina; Avionics and Quality Assurance Chief, Air Station Miami, Florida; USCG HC-144 Prime Unit, Mobile, Alabama where he qualified as the first HC-144 Basic Air crewman and third Mission Sensor Operator in Coast Guard History. Before that, he was a Sensor Systems Operator Air Station Miami, Florida; Assistant Engineering Petty Officer Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Florida (reserve); Air Intercept and Avionics Technician at Air Station Miami, Florida; Supply Electronics Technician Electronics System Laboratory, Baltimore Maryland; VTS Electronics Technician Electronics Engineering Center Wildwood, New Jersey; Fireman USCGC Red Beech WLM 686 Governors Island, New York.
He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer’s Academy class CLXXXVIII (188) and the Coast Guard’s Senior Enlisted Leadership Course in New London, Connecticut.
Master Chief Castelli’s personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, 2 Commandant’s Letter of Commendations, seven Good Conduct Medals, the reserve good conduct Medal, and 17 unit and team awards.