Air Station Savannah Commanding Officer:
Commander Brian C. Erickson
Commander Erickson serves as Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, GA. He is a 1998 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University.
Commander Erickson enlisted in the Coast Guard in July 1992 and served aboard USCGC SEA HAWK (WSES-2) in Key West FL, and USCGC POINT BENNETT (WPB-82351) in Port Townsend, WA prior to attending the Academy. Following graduation in 1998, he served as the Auxiliary Engineering Division Officer aboard the USCGC MELLON (WHEC-717), a 378-foot high endurance cutter home-ported in Seattle, WA. He conducted multiple patrols as an Engineering Officer of the Watch, Damage Control Assistant and Officer of the Deck in support of Alaska Fisheries Law Enforcement and Search & Rescue. In late 1999, Commander Erickson received orders to Navy Flight School in Pensacola, FL. After earning his wings in 2001, he transitioned to the HH-65A Dolphin helicopter and was stationed in Port Angeles, WA where he achieved an Aircraft Commander designation and served as the Flight & Ground Safety Officer.
Designated as an Aeronautical Engineer in 2005, Commander Erickson served as the last Polar Operations Division (POPDIV) Engineer and later as the HH-65 Assistant Engineering Officer at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL. Following post graduate school at Purdue University, Commander Erickson transitioned to the HC-130H Hercules and was assigned as the Long Range Surveillance Engineering Branch Chief at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) in Elizabeth City, NC. He was responsible for the airworthiness, engineering, technical and maintenance/overhaul support for the Coast Guard’s fleet of HC-130 aircraft.
In 2012, Commander Erickson was assigned as the Engineering Officer at Air Station Savannah GA, again flying Dolphin helicopters. His team was responsible for the maintenance and airworthiness of five MH-65D Dolphin helicopters conducting Search & Rescue, Law Enforcement and Air Intercept missions. In 2015, he reported to Coast Guard Headquarters in the Office of Budget & Programs (CG-82) and served as a program reviewer, formulating resource needs for Aviation, Cutter, Intelligence and other operational forces.
Commander Erickson has over 5000 hours of combined military and civilian flight time. He has held military pilot designations in the Coast Guard’s H-65A/B/C/D and HC-130H airframes and holds FAA certifications as an Airline Transport Pilot, Certified Flight Instructor, and Airframe & Powerplant mechanic with Inspector Authorization. He is certified as a Senior (level III) DHS Program Manager, and has been designated as a Professional Engineer in the state of Georgia since 2015.
Commander Erickson is married to Leighanne Wright of Virginia Beach, VA.