CDR Andrew W. Eriks enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1984. During his first ten years, he served aboard CGC DAUNTLESS (WMEC 624) based in Miami Beach, FL, completed Machinery Technician “A” School in Yorktown, VA, served at CG Station Neah Bay, WA, served aboard CGC BASSWOOD (WLB 388) based in Guam, served at Naval Engineering Support Unit Seattle, and aboard CGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) based in Seattle, WA. He also completed Navy 2nd Class Dive School in Panama City, FL and qualified as a Coast Guard diver.
CDR Eriks graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1994 at Yorktown, VA. After graduation, he reported directly to Naval Flight Training, Pensacola, FL where he earned his “Wings of Gold.” 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 earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1999, attended the Army’s H-60 Maintenance Test Pilot Course at Fort Rucker, AL and was designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 2000.
CDR Eriks’ next assignment was at Astoria, OR where he served as the Assistant Aeronautical Engineering Officer and qualified as an MH-60J Instructor Pilot from 2000-2003. He assisted in the maintenance management of three MH-60J helicopters and flew numerous search and rescue missions and security patrols throughout the Pacific Northwest.
From 2003-2004, CDR Eriks attended Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management in West Lafayette, IN and earned a Master of Science degree in Industrial Administration. After graduation, he was assigned as the HC-130H/J Production Cell Overhaul Leader at the Aviation Logistics Center in Elizabeth City, NC from 2004 to 2009. He was responsible for managing heavy, depot-level overhauls for 25 HC-130H/J aircraft and served as the Project Officer for the establishment of the Coast Guard’s first ever, organic HC-130 overhaul facility. CDR Eriks qualified as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative and Government Flight Representative responsible for contractor performance at three commercial vendor facilities in the U.S. and Canada. He also served as an Instructor Pilot in the MH-60J/T helicopter.
From 2009-2011, CDR Eriks served as the Aeronautical 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, and supporting Mission System Suite installations and interface trials on three HC-130J aircraft at Lockheed Martin in Greenville, SC.
CDR Eriks assumed command of Air Station/SFO Port Angeles from his previous assignment as the Division Chief of the Budget Formulation and External Coordination Divisions, Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC.
Significant awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Good Conduct Medals, and two National Defense Service Medals.