Captain Riedlin is the Commanding Officer of Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, where he is 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. The unit has 240 personal, 4 HC-130 aircraft and 3 MH-65 helicopters to perform a variety of missions including Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Defense Readiness and Marine Environmental Response. Prior to being assigned to Air Station Barbers Point Hawaii, he completed a tour of duty as the 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.
Captain Riedlin 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 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 is currently flying the C130H. Previously he was 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. 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’s education includes, a Bachelor of Arts Degree 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.