Prior to arriving at Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, Captain Craig served as the Executive Assistant to the Assistant Commandant for Resources & Chief Financial Officer for the U.S. Coast Guard. In this capacity, he assisted senior executives in the management and oversight for all Coast Guard financial management and resource activities including planning, programming, budgeting, and execution of the service’s $10 billion annual appropriation.
A graduate of Norwich University, Captain Craig entered the Coast Guard in 1990 through Officer Candidate School. Initially assigned to the National Pollution Funds Center in Arlington, Virginia, he was selected for Naval Flight Training in 1992. Upon his designation as a Naval Aviator in April 1994, Captain Craig was assigned as an HH-65A copilot at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Georgia, flying primarily Search and Rescue (SAR) and counter-drug missions.
In 1997, Captain Craig was selected for the Aeronautical Engineering Program. Upon completion of his training in 1999, he was assigned to the Polar Operations Division at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Alabama, where he served as Engineering Officer and subsequently Senior Aviator for deployments to the Antarctic and Arctic regions. Following this tour, Captain Craig attended Purdue University’s Krannert Graduate School of Management, where he received a Masters of Science degree in Industrial Administration. His follow-on tour was to the Office of Aeronautical Engineering at Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC, where he served as the aeronautical engineering program’s fund manager and then HH-65 System Manager. In this role, he managed the re-engineering program for 102 HH-65 helicopters and planned the evolution of the HH-65 “Alpha” into its current configuration as the HH-65 “Delta.”
In 2006, Captain Craig was assigned as the Engineering Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, where he managed a fleet of nine HH-60J helicopters, six HC-130H airplanes, and an engineering department of 375 personnel. Flying as an HH-60J copilot and aircraft commander, Captain Craig participated in multiple SAR cases and several deployments in support of the counter-drug Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos (OPBAT). In 2009, Captain Craig was assigned as Executive Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, where he led a compliment of 360 personnel and 13 aircraft in the execution of SAR and maritime law enforcement.
Captain Craig is the recipient of three
Meritorious Service Medals, the Commendation Medal, three Achievement
Medals, and other military awards.