"Save Lives, Protect US Waters"
Captain Samuel R. Creech, Jr.
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.
Captain Michael S. Antonellis
Captain Michael S. Antonellis currently serves as the Deputy Sector Commander at Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to this assignment, he served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the First Coast Guard District from June 2011 - July 2014. From July 2008 - June 2011 he served as Chief, Prevention Department, Sector Delaware Bay. He served as the Deputy Chief, Operational Law and Command Advice Branch, from May 2005 - July 2008 and as defense counsel under a MOU with the US Navy at Naval Legal Service Office, Mid-Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia from 2004 - 2005.
From 1999-2004, he was assigned to Marine Safety Office Boston serving as Port State Control Division Chief, Assistant Chief, Inspections Department, and finally as Chief, Inspection and Investigations Department. Prior assignments also include the Office of Maritime and International Law and the National Maritime Center at Coast Guard Headquarters.
CAPT Antonellis graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY with a B.S. in Marine Engineering. He has held a USCG license as a Second Assistant Engineer of motor vessels of unlimited horsepower, and has sailed aboard numerous U.S. flag vessels as a licensed engineer. CAPT Antonellis received a Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School and is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and U.S. Supreme Court Bar.
Individual military awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal (2), Coast Guard Commendation Medal (3), Coast Guard Achievement Medal (2) with the Operational Distinguishing Device, the Navy Achievement Medal and the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon. In May 2007, he was awarded the Outstanding Career Armed Services Attorney for the Coast Guard by the Judge Advocates Association.
Commander Lance C. Belben
Commander Lance Belben is currently the Logistics Department Head / Executive Officer / Commander of Enlisted Personnel at the United States Coast Guard Sector / Air Station Corpus Christi. He is an HU25 Aircraft Commander and is responsible for all the logistics, administration, engineering, finance and supply for the Sector, Air Station and outlying units in South Texas from the Colorado River to the Rio Grande.
CDR Belben graduated from Coast Guard Academy in 1994 with a Bachelors degree in Business Management. His first assignment was aboard the USCGC Thetis as the Weapons Officer and First Lieutenant. He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, FL, earning his wings in 1997. He then reported to Coast Guard Air Station Savannah where he flew the HH65A Dolphin helicopter, conducting Search and Rescue and law enforcement missions and was selected to CG Aeronautical Engineering completing his syllabus in 2001. CDR Belben then served as an Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner and H65 Engineering Officer at Air Station Miami, FL, responsible for the maintenance on 9 H65’s flying missions throughout the Caribbean. In 2005 he was assigned as the Engineering Officer at Air Station Borinquen, PR, where he continued to be an instructor pilot and was responsible for the maintenance and test flights on 4 H65’s and administration for the Engineering department.
In 2009 he earned a Coast Guard sponsored Masters Degree in Industrial Administration (1 year resident MBA) from Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. He was then assigned to the Coast Guard Headquarters Aviation Acquisition staff CG931, where he completed the Naval Post Graduate School’s Advanced Acquisition Program and was the CG Acquisition Program Manager’s direct representative assisting the Aviation Logistics Center with the business management of major upgrades on the H65 and H60 helicopters and C130 fixed wing aircraft.
In 2011 he was assigned as the Product Line Manager for the HC144 Ocean Sentry Turbo Prop and legacy HU25 Falcon Jet, Medium Range Surveillance fleet of aircraft. There he managed the development of all logistics and engineering, including the planned depot maintenance procedures and overhaul developed directly from the maintenance manuals. He was also the Coast Guards engineering representative during the acceptance of 3 HC144’s from Airbus Military and technical information meetings. In 2013 he earned his Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma from the National Graduate School. During his studies he utilized the techniques to reduce the overhaul on the HC144 from more than 330 days to less than 220 days ensuring the future stability of the fleet.
CDR Belben’s decorations include Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Commandant’s Letter of Commendation, and numerous unit and team commendations. He has accumulated over 3500 flight hours and has an FAA commercial pilot’s license in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
CDR Belben is married to the former Lisa Jones and has 4 children Makenzie, Enya, Ryan and Shaun.
MECM Ian S. Lee
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.