Gilbride is a 1990 graduate of Grove City College in Grove City,
Pennsylvania where he earned a Bachelors Degree in Economics.
Upon receiving his commission as an officer in the
U.S. Coast Guard in September of 1990, he was selected for Naval Flight
School, earning his “Wings of Gold” in 1992. Captain
assignment was as a duty standing pilot, flying the HH-65A Dolphin
helicopter at Air Station Detroit.
In 1996, CAPT Gilbride was assigned to Air Station
New Orleans where he again flew the HH-65A in Gulf Coast missions to include
SAR, oil spill operations, Midwest flood operations, and multiple hurricane
responses. While in New Orleans, CAPT Gilbride was selected for the
Aeronautical Engineering Program and served as the unit Assistant Engineer.
In 2000, CAPT Gilbride was selected to attend the
resident graduate school at the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology in
In March 2002, upon completion of his thesis defense
regarding the Aviation Repair and Supply Center and the Public Private
Competition, he was awarded a Master’s of Science in Systems Management with
a concentration in systems acquisition. Captain Gilbride was then assigned
to Coast Guard Headquarters, CG-41 Office of Aeronautical Engineering as the
C-130H Hercules aircraft Systems Manager.
At CG-41, Captain Gilbride began life cycle planning
for the Hercules by purchasing the SELEX Surface Search Radar, overcoming
the fleet’s Center Wing Box fatigue issues, and building the organic
C-130H/J / CASA overhaul project, now the Heavy Maintenance Facility in
Elizabeth City, NC.
In 2006, CAPT Gilbride was assigned as the
Aeronautical Engineering Officer at Air Station Elizabeth City, NC.
A C-130H pilot, Captain Gilbride was responsible for
300 men and women sustaining the 4 C-130H and 5 MH-60J helicopters in
accomplishment of all missions to include the armed Maritime Security
In the process, CAPT Gilbride was assigned as the
Air Station’s C-130J Transition Officer completing a full system replacement
within 18 months, closing the C-130J Aircraft Project Office, ceasing all
C-130H support/operations, and ultimately bringing the 6 brand new C-130Js
to Full Operational Capability with no loss of Atlantic Area maritime patrol
CAPT Gilbride was the first unit operational pilot to
transition into the C-130J qualifying as an Aircraft Commander.
comes to Air Station Barbers Point after serving as the Executive Officer of
Air Station Clearwater, where he qualified back into the C-130H as an
Aircraft Commander .