Captain Andrew W. Eriks
As the Chief of the Office of Aviation Forces, Captain Andrew W. Eriks is the Chief Pilot for the United States Coast Guard and leads an aviation workforce of 4,900 personnel flying 200 aircraft located at 32 facilities throughout the United States including Alaska and Hawaii. He and his staff provide aviation capability in the form of resources, doctrine, oversight, and training programs to support safe and effective execution of all 11 of the Coast Guard's statutory missions. CAPT Eriks most recently 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 million square miles, including the Hawaiian Islands and the South Pacific.
CAPT. Eriks enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1984. His previous assignments include USCGC DAUNTLESS (Miami Beach, FL), Machinery Technician “A” School (Yorktown, VA), CG Station Neah Bay, WA, USCGC BASSWOOD (Guam), Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle, and USCGC POLAR SEA (Seattle, WA). He also completed Navy 2nd Class Dive School in Panama City, FL and served as a Coast Guard diver throughout Guam/Micronesia, Philippines, North Atlantic, and Florida.
CAPT Eriks graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1994 at Yorktown, VA. He then reported directly to Naval Flight Training, Pensacola, FL where he earned his ‘Wings of Gold’ and later transitioned to the HH-60J helicopter. From 1995-2000, he served at Air Station Clearwater, FL and deployed extensively to the Caribbean to combat drug smuggling in support of Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos. He attended the Army’s H-60 Maintenance Test Pilot Course at Fort Rucker, AL and was designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 2000. From 2000-2003, he served as the Assistant Engineering Officer at Air Station Astoria and qualified as an HH-60J Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner.
From 2005-2009, CAPT Eriks served as HC-130H/J Production Cell Overhaul Leader at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC. He managed heavy, depot-level overhauls for 25 HC-130H/J aircraft and served as Project Officer for the Coast Guard’s first, organic HC-130 overhaul facility. CAPT Eriks also qualified as a Government Flight Representative responsible for contractor performance at three commercial fixed-wing overhaul facilities in the U.S. and Canada, was an Instructor Pilot in the MH-60J/T helicopter, and served as one of the original prototype testing and evaluation pilots for the MH-60T helicopter.
From 2009-2011, CAPT Eriks served as the Engineering Officer at Air Station Elizabeth City, NC and led the maintenance management of a fleet of four MH-60J/T helicopters and five HC-130J fixed-wing aircraft. He was instrumental in the operational introduction and transition to the Coast Guard’s newest helicopter, the MH-60T.
From 2011-2014, he served as Division Chief of the Budget Formulation and External Coordination Divisions, Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC. He and his staff coordinated Congressional hearings, GAO/DHS Inspector audits, annual reports to Congress, and provided technical guidance to support the Coast Guard’s annual $10 billion budget requests.
From 2014-2016, CAPT Eriks served as the 40th Commanding Officer of Air Station/SFO Port Angeles. From 2016-2018, he returned to Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington DC, and worked in the Acquisition Directorate (CG-9) as a Program Manager for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management Service Improvement Initiative. He led an extensive effort, in concert with DHS, to replace the Coast Guard’s legacy accounting systems with a new financial, procurement and asset management service.
CAPT Eriks has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Business Administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He also holds a DHS Level III Acquisition certification in Program Management.
His military decorations include six Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, and two National Defense Service Medals.
CAPT Eriks has two adult children Karalee and Blake.