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Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711)


CG-711's mission is to provide Coast Guard aviation with capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of Coast Guard missions.

Chief, Aviation Forces

Captain Frederick C. Riedlin


As the Chief of the Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711), Captain Riedlin is responsible for providing aviation capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of Coast Guard missions.  He previously served as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he was responsible for all aviation operations in the Coast Guard’s 14th District, an AOR that covers over 12.2 M square miles, including the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific.

Captain Riedlin has served in a variety of operational and staff assignments during his career, including as Executive Assistant for the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, where he assisted with the $29B recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, aviation assets, and C4ISR systems.  He has served at Air Station San Francisco, Air Station Kodiak, and was the Assistant Aviation Engineering Officer at Air Station Sitka, and Aviation Engineering Officer at Group Astoria. Captain Riedlin served as the MH-60J Product Line Manager at the Aviation Logistic Center, where he led the design, construction, and testing of the Coast Guard’s first ever all glass cockpit helicopter, the MH-60T. He later served as the Aviation Engineering Officer and Executive Officer of Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii. Following his tour in Hawaii, Captain Riedlin served as the Commanding Officer of Air Station New Orleans. During this tour, he led critical aviation surge operations following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and oversaw more than 500 Search and Rescue cases.

Captain Riedlin has flown over 5000 hours in three different Coast Guard aircraft. He has qualified in the C130H, served as an Instructor Pilot in the MH-60J, an Aircraft Commander in the MH-65C, and was one of the original Design, Test and Evaluation pilots for the MH-60T. 

Captain Riedlin is a 1990 graduate from the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, VA. His education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Administration from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the Air Force Command and Staff College, the Depot Arsenal Executive Leadership Program from University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, and a Master of Science Degree in National Resource Strategy with a concentration in Supply Chain Management from the Eisenhower School at the National Defense University.  His personal awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross (2), Meritorious Service Medal (4), Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal (3), Coast Guard Letter of Commendation (4), along with various team and unit awards.  Captain Riedlin and his wife, Michelle, have four children.


Deputy Chief, Aviation Forces

Captain Flip P. Capistrano 


Captain Capistrano graduated in 1995 from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science.  Upon commissioning, he served as a Deck Officer and Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding officer on the cutter THETIS home-ported in Key West, Florida. He was subsequently assigned to Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf. As Officer-in-Charge of Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) 8-Charlie, he conducted counter-drug operations throughout the Caribbean Sea and Latin America on U.S. allied naval warships.  In 1998, he deployed to the Arabian Gulf in support of United Nations sanctions against Iraq.  After selection to U.S. naval flight training and designation as a Coast Guard HH-65 Dolphin helicopter pilot, he served at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. Aside from standing duty as a Search and Rescue (SAR) pilot, he was the Homeland Security Officer following the September 11th attacks. In 2005, he was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen, Puerto Rico where he conducted SAR and alien migration interdiction operations.  Selected to serve in the elite cadre of HH-65 Instructors as a fleet standardization pilot/flight examiner, he was the HH-65 Branch Operations Officer at Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama during Deepwater Horizon. In 2011, he was selected to be the Coast Guard Liaison Officer to the Department of Homeland Security in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis in Washington DC.  Captain Capistrano leveraged Coast Guard Intelligence capabilities and was a conduit to information sharing among the intelligence community in support of homeland security in the maritime domain.  In 2013, he returned to Puerto Rico to serve as Executive Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Borinquen. 


Captain Capistrano is currently serving as the Deputy Chief of Coast Guard Aviation Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington DC.  In this capacity, he manages all of Coast Guard aviation’s current and strategic programs for Rotary-Wing (RW), Fixed-Wing (FW), and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to include personnel, training, facilities, and policies.  He holds FAA Commercial Pilot licenses/certificates for FW, RW, and remote UAS airframes. 


Captain Capistrano earned a Master of Science degree with honors in Military Strategic Intelligence from American Military University. He is a distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval War College’s Joint Professional Military Education and U.S. Naval Post Graduate School’s Aviation Safety Officer programs.  His personal awards include the Meritorious Service Medal and three Coast Guard Commendation Medals.

Contact the Office of Aviation Forces:


Commandant (CG-711)
Office of Aviation Forces
U.S. Coast Guard STOP 7331
2703 Martin Luther King JR Ave SE
Washington D.C. 20593-7331


Office: (202) 372-2207

Fax: (202) 372-2907


YN1 Fred Johnson, Administrative Assistant