Commanding Officer's Biography
CDR Craig J. Massello
Commander Massello assumed command of Air Station Houston, Texas in June 2015. He is a 1995 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and holds a Master of Science in Industrial Engineering and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Pittsburgh.
Following the Coast Guard Academy, Commander Massello served as a Deck Watch Officer and Operations Officer aboard USCGC GENTIAN (WLB-290), a 180-foot seagoing buoy tender home ported in Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. Upon completion of his tour, he was selected for naval flight training and earned his wings in July 1998. Commander Massello was then assigned to Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts where as a HH-60J pilot he was involved in the extensive search and recovery efforts following the crash of Egypt Air 990 and JFK Jr.
Designated an Aeronautical Engineer in 2002, Commander Massello was assigned to Air Station Clearwater, Florida where he served as the Rotary Wing Engineering Officer and HH-60J Instructor Pilot at the Coast Guardís largest operational unit. Following post graduate school in 2008, Commander Massello began a four year tour in the Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41) where he served as the Systems Manager and Technical Authority for the Coast Guardís newly acquired HC-144A, and achieved his DHS Acquisition Program Manager Level II certification.
Returning to Air Station Clearwater in 2012 as the Aeronautical Engineering Officer, Commander Massello led his 368 member department in the maintenance and operation of ten MH-60T and six HC-130H aircraft, and coordinated extensive logistics support for the Coast Guardís ongoing Joint Interagency Task Force South and Operation Bahamas, Turks and Caicos counter drug missions.
Commander Massello has held pilot designations in the Coast Guardís HH-60J, HC-144A and HC-130H airframes and holds a FAA Airline Transport Pilot certificate with ratings in both fixed and rotary wing aircraft. His personal awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Commendation Medal, Achievement Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, and others. Commander Massello also received the Naval Helicopter Associationís Aircrew of the Year award in 2005 for his rescue of three fishermen off Key West, Florida during Hurricane Katrina.
Commander Massello hails from North Salem, New York. He and his wife Sara have two children, Haeley (7) and Conner (4).