Captain Riedlin recently completed a tour of duty as the Executive Assistant for the Coast Guard Acquisition Directorate, where he assisted in the $29B recapitalization of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, aviation assets, and C4ISR systems. He is a 1990 graduate from the Coast Guard’s Officer Candidate School in Yorktown, Va. Previous assignments include Air Station San Francisco, Air Station Kodiak, 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 lead 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 paradise, Captain Riedlin was sent to the “Big Easy” 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 nearly 5000 hours in Coast Guard aircraft. He has been qualified 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. He holds an FAA Commercial Instrument rating in single engine fixed and rotary-wing as well as an Airline Transport Pilot license for helicopters. His 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’s education includes; a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Hampden-Sydney College, Naval Flight Training, 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.
Captain Riedlin is no stranger to the islands. He lived on Koko Head from 1968 to 1971 while his father worked for Xerox and then returned to live in Oahu from 2008 to 2010. Captain Riedlin and his beautiful wife Michele have been married for 24 amazing years and have four wonderful children: John (18), Nicholas (17), Sarah (14), and Elizabeth (12).