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United States Coast Guard
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi

"Save Lives, Protect US Waters"

Captain Samuel R. Creech, Jr.

Commanding Officer

CAPT Creech graduated from Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1989, and was first assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters on the Commandant’s Public Affairs staff. He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, earning his wings in 1993. He then reported to Coast Guard Air Station Miami where he flew the HH65A Dolphin helicopter, conducting Search and Rescue, migrant interdiction, and counter narcotics missions – many of these missions flown from the flight decks of 22 different Coast Guard cutters, US Navy, and allied warships. In 1997, CAPT Creech was assigned to the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center in Mobile, AL as an Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner. During this time, he taught and evaluated flight students and fleet pilots in HH65A flight operations, and conducted operational testing and evaluation of the Coast Guard’s delivery of armed boarding teams from both the HH65A and the HH60J.

In 2003, CAPT Creech earned a Coast Guard sponsored Masters Degree in Public Administration from the George Washington University. Following graduate studies, he was assigned to the Coast Guard Chief of Staff’s Department of Homeland Security Transition Team, and was responsible for developing operational integration strategies with the new Department and fellow homeland security agencies, including the Secret Service, ICE, CBP, FEMA, TSA, FAA, and the US Northern Command. CAPT Creech next served as an Assignment Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command, where he was responsible for the assignment and transfer of pilots to aviation billets, as well as the transfer of officers from all specialties to overseas liaison and attaché assignments.

In 2005, CAPT Creech was assigned as the Operations Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City, MI, where he directed helicopter flight operations throughout the western Great Lakes and served as that unit’s HH65B/C Senior Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner. In 2007, CAPT Creech became the Executive Officer of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City. In 2008, he was assigned as the Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco, CA where he commanded all Coast Guard helicopter flight operations, to include 458 Search and Rescue missions with 94 lives saved, and the implementation of armed Maritime Homeland Security helicopters for the San Francisco Area. In 2010, CAPT Sam Creech was assigned to the United States Northern Command, J3 Directorate, Domestic Operations, Peterson AFB, CO, where he coordinated security and disaster response operations throughout Northern Command’s Area of Responsibility. CAPT Creech was also one of the Northern Command’s ten designated Dual Status Title 10 Deputy Commanders.

CAPT Creech’s decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, Three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and team commendations. He has accumulated over 3300 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.

CAPT Creech is a native of the Catskill Mountain town of Lexington, NY. He graduated in 1989 from Siena College in Loudonville, NY with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Throughout his school years, he worked in his family’s third-generation logging business as a skidder operator and timber feller.


Command Deputy

Captain Michael S. Antonellis

Executive Officer

Commander Lance C. Belben

MECM Ian S. Lee

Command Master Chief

Master Chief Ian S. Lee assumed his duties as Command Master Chief of Sector Corpus Christi on January 1, 2014. His primary responsibility is to advise Captain Samuel R. Creech, the Commander of Sector Corpus Christi, on issues and initiatives pertaining to all Coast Guard members and their families within the Sector Corpus Christi area of responsibility. Sector Corpus Christi includes an air station, five cutters, three stations, and three aids to navigation teams. Most recently, Master Chief Lee served as the Assistant Training Officer for the Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team in San Diego, California.

Master Chief Lee enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on August 26, 1991. His other previous assignments include the Ready for Operations Team, Sector Corpus Christi, Texas; Maritime Safety and Security Team 91101, Seattle, WA; USCGC POLAR STAR, Seattle, WA; Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team – LEDET 102, San Diego, CA; Tactical Law Enforcement Team Gulf – LEDET 8E, Corpus Christi, TX; Station Port Aransas, TX; Long Range Aids to Navigation Station Attu, AK; and Station Grays Harbor, Westport, WA.

Master Chief Lee’s personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, one Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, four Commandant Letter of Commendation Ribbons, and numerous other individual and unit awards. He has also earned the Tactical Law Enforcement insignia, Port Security insignia, permanent Cutterman insignia, and Boat Force Operations insignia.

A native of Gallup, New Mexico, Master Chief Lee holds an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Technical Studies from Excelsior College. He is also a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer Academy and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course.

Last Modified 2/4/2015