Commander Eric Gleason graduated from the United States Coast Guard
Academy in 1992 earning a Bachelor of Science in Management. He was
assigned to the USCGC Tahoma (WMEC 908) in New Bedfor, Massachusetts
as a Deck Watch Officer. Upon completion of that tour, he was again
assigned to a sea-going unit as the Executive Officer aboard the USCGC
Baranof (WPB-1318) in Miami Beach, FL. Operational highlights included
drug interdiction and extensive migrant relief during Operations ABLE
MANNER and UPHOLD DEMOCRACY throughout the Caribbean Sea.
After earning his "Wings of Gold" from the Naval Flight School in
Pensacola, Florida in 1997, Commander Gleason's initial aviation
assignment was to Air Station Miami where he flew the HH-65A Dolphin
helicopter and was designated as a Unit Instructor Pilot. In the
Summer of 2002, he was assigned to duty as an HH-65 Flight Examiner at
the Coast Guard's Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama. Commander
Gleason transitioned to both the Bravo and Charlie Models of the HH-65
and was instrumental in the development of the Airborne Use of Force and
Rotary Air Interception policy and programs for Coast Guard Aviation. During
that tour, he participated in the Coast Gaurd's distinguished rescue
efforts along the devastated Gulf Coast in response to the destruction of
Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina.
In 2006, he was assigned as the Aviation Detailer in the office of Officer
Personnel Management at Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlignton, Virginia,
where he was responsible for the assignment of Coast Guard pilots and foreign
liaison officers. His most recent tour was as the Operations Officer of Air
Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Designated as Aircraft Commander in both the
MH-60J and MH-60T helicopters, he directed Coast Gaurd Aviation operations
throughout New England waters for four MH-60 Jayhawks and four HU-25C Guardian
jet aircraft. In this capacity, he also supervised the operations of the
Department of Homeland Security's only military airports.
Commander Gleason's personal decorations include the Air Medla, three Coast Guard
Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and three Commandant's
Letters of Commendation. He earned a Masters of Public Administration from the
University of South Alabama in 2006.