Air Station Borinquen - Executive Officer
CDR Toby Holdridge
Executive Officer, Air Station Borinquen
Cmdr. Toby Holdridge assumes the Executive Officer position at Air Station Borinquen following his assignment at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. At Headquarters he served as the Rotary Wing and Unmanned Systems Division Chief in the Office of Aviation Forces, CG-711, where he was responsible for policy, testing, aircraft configuration and utilization of the Coast Guard's $1.7B fleet of 142 helicopters and managed all Unmanned Systems program acquisition initiatives. Prior to serving as the Division Chief, he managed the Shipboard Helicopter and Aviation Special Missions programs. Prior operational tours include Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron (HITRON) in Jacksonville, Florida, serving as the Assistant Operations Officer and Instructor Pilot. During his time at HITRON, he deployed in support of Operation Martillo Counter-Transnational Organized Crime operations, utilizing precision fire to disable drug trafficking vessels in the Eastern Pacific and Caribbean. Cmdr. Holdridge also served as an instructor pilot at Air Station Los Angeles, conducting Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue operations in Southern California, as well as Air Defense operations in Washington D.C. From 2003-2005, he was stationed at the Pride of the Caribbean, Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, as an Aircraft Commander conducting Counter Migrant and Search and Rescue mission.
His served his first tour at Air Station North Bend, Oregon, where he progressed from Copilot to Aircraft Commander while learning his trade during missions along the treacherous Northwest coastline. Cmdr. Holdridge has logged over 4,000 flying hours in the H-65 series helicopter.
Cmdr. Holdridge earned his bachelor's degree in History from Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, in 1994. He previously attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, California where he was a member of the school's Division 1 water polo team. He entered Officer Candidate School in August of 1997, earning a coveted spot in Navy Flight School upon his commissioning. He earned his "wings of gold" in Pensacola, Florida, in April of 1999, achieving a lifelong dream of becoming a military aviator.
He has received awards for enterprise program management and for operational achievements in Search and Rescue operations and Counter-Drug missions. He is a proud Southern California native, and met and married his loving wife Allison while stationed in Los Angeles.