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Sector Corpus Christi - Inspect Rescue Defend Enforce

United States Coast Guard
Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi

"Save Lives, Protect US Waters"

photo Captain Richard ’Tony’ Hahn

Captain Richard ’Tony’ Hahn

Commanding Officer

CAPT Tony Hahn is a third generation Military Officer, commissioned at the Coast Guard Academy in 1990. His first assignment was Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC CONFIDENCE out of Cape Canaveral Florida. Following this tour, he reported to Naval Flight School in Pensacola, Florida, where he earned his wings in December of 1993.

CAPT Hahn reported to Air Station Traverse City, Michigan and flew the HH-60J “Jayhawk” helicopter for one year before transitioning to the HH-65A “Dolphin”. In 1997, he was designated an Aeronautical Engineer and was transferred to Air Station Kodiak, Alaska Patrol Division (ALPAT) where he served as the HH-65A ALPAT Engineering Officer. He also served as an HH-65A Instructor Pilot (IP) and Senior Deployed Aviator on five ALPAT deployments in the Bering Sea and one deep south deployment for Joint Interagency Task Force West.

In 2000, he reported to Air Station Houston, Texas as the Aeronautical Engineering Officer, a duty standing Aircraft Commander, and an instructor pilot for the HH-65A/B. In 2003, he was selected for the Aeronautical Engineering graduate school program and upon graduation in 2004, was assigned to CG Headquarters, Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41) as the Resource Division Chief. In 2005, he fleeted up to the CG-41 Deputy position and served as the Program Manager for Aeronautical Engineering. In 2008, CAPT Hahn served as the Executive Officer of Air Station Borinquen.

On 23 July 2010 CAPT Hahn became the 38th Commanding Officer of Group/Air Station Port Angeles. The following week on 30 July the Group was disestablished and Air Station / Sector Field Office (SFO) Port Angeles was stood up.

CAPT Hahn most recently served as the Chief of Public Affairs at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC.

CAPT Hahn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Coast Guard Academy and a Master of Science Degree in Engineering Management and Management of Technology from the Colorado School of Mines. Additionally, Capt Hahn completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellowship for Foreign Politics, International Relations, and the National Interest in 2013.

CAPT Hahn’s personal awards include 3 Meritorious Service Medals, the Commendation Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and the Commandant’s letter of Commendation.

photo Captian Michael T. Cunningham

Captain Michael T. Cunningham

Command Deputy

Captain Michael T. Cunningham is currently assigned as the Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. He is a 1987 graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration from Washington State University in Pullman, in 1989. He was commissioned via Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in May 1990. His first assignment took him to Group Los Angeles (now Sector Los Angeles - Long Beach) where he became Director of Large Unit Financial Systems Training at the Coast Guard Finance Center, Marine Inspector, Investigating Officer, and Chief Foreign Vessel Branch at Marine Safety Office/Group Los Angeles – Long Beach. During his next tour at Marine Safety Office Puget Sound he became a Port Operations Team Leader, and Inspections Team Leader. He received his juris doctor, magna cum laude, in 1999 from Seattle University School of Law.

Captain Cunningham was designated a Coast Guard Judge Advocate in 2000. As a Judge Advocate, he has served as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate for the Seventh Coast Guard District and as the Staff Judge Advocate for the Deployable Operations Group. In 2003 he earned a Master of Laws (LLM), with distinction, in International and Comparative Law, from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C.

At Coast Guard Headquarters he served as the Legal Advisor to the Inspections & Compliance Directorate (previously the Port Security Directorate), and as a staff attorney with the Office of Maritime and International Law and the Office of Legislation in Coast Guard Headquarters. Other legal assignments include serving as the Direct Commission Lawyer Program Manager, Assistant Director of the Coast Guard Legal Assistance, and as an Appellate Defense Counsel. Captain Cunningham most recently served as Coast Guard Attaché, Defense Attaché Office Mexico City. He is admitted to the State Bar of Texas, the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States Supreme Court.

Captain Cunningham has been awarded two Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three Commandant’s Letters of Commendation, one with operational distinguishing device, and other unit and team awards. He was among the first Coast Guard Judge Advocates to be awarded the Marine Safety Insignia pin.

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Commander Lance C. Belben

Executive Officer

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.

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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 8/3/2015