Upon graduation from his H-65 Transition Course, Commander Edmiston reported to Group-Air Station North Bend, Oregon where he qualified as an HH-65A Aircraft Commander. In order to continue to challenge his flying skills, he requested and was assigned to Air Station Kodiak-ALPAT in 2001. During this tour, he deployed on numerous cutters to the Bering Sea to protect vital marine resources and the fishermen that challenge the harsh weather of Alaskan waters. He was designated as a Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner in 2001 and has held that qualification since.
CDR Brian Edmiston enlisted in the Coast Guard in September 1987 where he was initially assigned to Station Depoe Bay, Oregon as a member of the "Hole in the Wall Gang" and qualified as a Boat Crewmember on the 44-foot Motor Life Boat. He then received appointment to attend the Naval Academy Preparatory School followed immediately by appointment to the Coast Guard Academy where he earned his commission in 1993. His first officer assignment was as an Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC GENTIAN home ported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Following this afloat tour, he was selected to attend Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings of gold in February 1997.
Following his adventurous assignment in Kodiak, he was assigned to Air Station Traverse City, Michigan from 2003-2007. During this assignment, he continued to instruct new pilots on cold weather flying operations and the intricacies of learning the newly integrated HH-65C's with new and improved engines and FADEC systems. In 2007, due to his extensive instructional background and knowledge, he was selected to return to the "Cradle of Coast Guard Aviation" and served as the H-65 Branch Chief at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Alabama. During his tenure at ATC, drastic airframe modifications to the H-65 took place as the avionics intensive MH-65C and MH-65D models were fielded requiring corresponding changes to the Flight Manual, training systems, and fleet simulation platforms while providing initial designation training to more than 300 fleet pilots.
In 2011, Commander Edmiston was selected to serve as Response Chief of Sector Humboldt Bay, California. In addition to his Chief Pilot duties, he was designated SAR Mission Coordinator and managed 750+ SAR cases saving 67 lives and safeguarded $37.7M in property while teaming with 12 law enforcement agencies to seize over $87.7M in illegal narcotics. In June 2014, he was assigned to Air Station/Sector Field Office Port Angeles as the Executive Officer.
Commander Edmiston has a Bachelors of Science degree in Marine Science from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science degree in Natural Resources from The University of Idaho. His personal awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, two Commendation Medals, two Achievement Medals, a Humanitarian Service Medal and two Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.