Air Station Savannah Commanding Officer:
Commander Brendan J. Hilleary
Commander Hilleary currently serves as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, GA.
A native of Virginia, he is a 2000 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Commander Hilleary also holds a Masters of Science in Strategic Intelligence with a Joint Professional Military Education Phase I certification from the National Intelligence University, in Washington D.C.
His first fleet assignment was aboard USCGC VALIANT (WMEC-621), home-ported in Miami, Florida, as Damage Control Assistant and Student Engineer Officer. After his tour at sea, Commander Hilleary completed pilot training at Navy Flight School in Pensacola, Florida and reported to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii in 2003. In 2007, Commander Hilleary transferred to Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama where he served as an H-65 standardization, rotary wing air intercept and airborne gunnery instructor pilot while also assigned as the rotary wing air intercept program manager.
Following his tour at Aviation Training Center Mobile, Commander Hilleary was posted to U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador, where he served as the U.S. Coast Guard Attaché from 2012 to 2014. After completing a year of graduate studies at National Intelligence University, he reported to the U.S. Pacific Command Joint Intelligence Operations Center as U.S. Coast Guard Liaison Officer from 2015 to 2017. Most recently he served as Chief of Response for Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay in McKinleyville, California. In that capacity, he was responsible for the safe and effective prosecution of all maritime Law Enforcement and Search and Rescue operations along the northernmost 250 miles of California’s coast.
His personal decorations include two Defense Meritorious Service Medals, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Ecuadorian Star of Military Merit, as well as several other personal, service and unit awards.
Commander Hilleary and his wife, Michelle, have five children: Seamus, Malia, Christian, Kolbe and Lucia.