Commanding Officer

Captain Edward W. Sandlin

Capt. Sandlin comes to Air Station Clearwater after having served as the Chief of Incident Management for the Eleventh Coast Guard District in Alameda, CA, where he was responsible for overseeing Coast Guard SAR and incident response operations in a 3.3 million square mile area of responsibility.

A graduate of Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL, Sandlin earned his “Wings of Gold” in 1994. A seasoned aviator, he has completed five aviation tours, including commanding officer of Air Station Sitka, AK, where he led his crew in support of Coast Guard operations throughout Southeast Alaska. His other operational assignments include tours as a duty standing HH-60J pilot at Air Station Elizabeth City, NC and Air Station Kodiak, AK. He was also assigned as an instructor on the HH-60 Standardization team at Aviation Training Center Mobile. While there he helped establish the Aviation Special Missions Branch and participated in the Coast Guard's response to Hurricane Katrina. From 2009-2012, Sandlin was assigned to Air Station Clearwater as the Operations Officer. Highlights from his tour include responding to a massive earthquake in Haiti and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Sandlin's other staff assignments include the Office of Aviation Forces where he served as the MH60-J platform manager and, later, as the Aviation Special Missions Program Manager.

Sandlin is a 1991 graduate of Harding University and he holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College. He received his commission from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA in 1992. Sandlin's personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Originally from Lake City, FL, Sandlin is married to the former Melinda Raines of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They are the proud parents of two children, Logan, 20, and Katie,18.