Captain Craig assumed command of Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, in June 2014. As one of the oldest air stations in the Coast Guard, Air Station Elizabeth City has proudly served the nation and the citizens of North Carolina since 1940. Flying as an HC-130J pilot, Captain Craig leads a compliment of 300 personnel operating a fleet of five HC-130J fixed-wing aircraft and four MH-60T helicopters in the execution of maritime safety and security missions throughout the Atlantic region.
Prior to arriving at 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 of all Coast Guard financial management and resource activities for the service’s $10 billion annual appropriation.
A 1988 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 pilot 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 Master’s 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 operating funds manager and then as the HH-65 System Manager.
In 2006, Captain Craig was assigned as the Engineering Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Florida, where he managed a fleet of nine MH-60Js and six HC-130Hs. Flying as an MH-60J pilot, Captain Craig participated in SAR and 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 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.