Commander John T. Egan
CDR John Egan is the Executive Officer at U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, NJ. The unit is the Coast Guard’s busiest MH-65D Air Station with 11 helicopters, 7,480 annual program flight hours, and two distinct mission sets: traditional Search and Rescue (SAR) response and Rotary Wing Air Intercept (RWAI) alert.
As the Executive Officer, CDR Egan is responsible for supporting the Commanding Officer in the 24 hour oversight and execution of two SAR ready aircraft for an area of responsibility spanning 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. To fulfill these mission requirements, he is charged with managing a staff of over 250 personnel to execute a daily operations schedule of over 16 flight sorties with seven to ten duty crews and engaging with mission partners such as the U.S. Secret Service and Department of Defense.
CDR Egan initially served as a Deck Watch Officer on CGC SEDGE, homeported in Homer, Alaska. He was later selected for flight school at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL. 11 months later he earned his wings as a naval aviator and transferred to Air Station Miami to fly the MH-65 helicopter where he conducted SAR and counter-drug operations throughout South Florida and the Caribbean. In August, 2005, he was among the first wave of rescue helicopters that swarmed into the New Orleans and Gulf areas impacted by Hurricane Katrina where he conducted numerous roof-top and confined area rescues.
Six months following Hurricane Katrina, CDR Egan reported to Air Station New Orleans and served as Flight Safety Officer and Unit Flight Examiner/Instructor Pilot. As one of the first cadre to stand up the Coast Guard’s Rotary Wing Aerial Intercept program, he enforced restricted air space over National Special Security Events and the National Capitol Region airspace. CDR Egan also flew one of the first rescue helicopters that responded to the massive Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and was directly responsible for saving the lives of several critically burned victims.
In 2010, CDR Egan was assigned to the National Defense University’s Joint Advanced Warfighting School with a follow-on tour at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Maritime Security and Response Policy, responsible for coordinating and crafting the Coast Guard’s Maritime Homeland Security and anti-terrorism policy. In 2015, CDR Egan transferred to HITRON Jacksonville, the Coast Guard’s Airborne Use of Force unit for counter-drug operations. In three years, he was directly responsible for 11 ‘busts’, stopping over $250 million in pure cocaine. In 2018, he transferred to Air Station Atlantic City where he served as the Operations Officer.
A 2000 graduate from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, he has an M.B.A from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, a Master of Science in Campaign Planning and Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington D.C., and a Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security) from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA.
His wife, Katie, is a LCDR in the Coast Guard Reserves stationed at Sector Delaware Bay. They have three awesome kids, Cole (13), Caitlin (11), and Elizabeth (7).