Captain Charles A Hatfield, P.E.
Captain “Chip” Hatfield graduated Officer Candidate School in December 1990. After an HH-65 Dolphin transition course at the Aviation Training Center (ATC), Mobile, Alabama, he was assigned to Air Station Cape May, New Jersey, where he became an Aircraft Commander in the HH-65A. In September 1994, CAPT Hatfield was assigned to Air Station Savannah where he became an Instructor Pilot/Aircraft Commander in the HH-65A. During this assignment, he was selected for Aviation Maintenance and earned his Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineering Officer designation. In June 1998, CAPT Hatfield was assigned to the Aviation Logistics Center (ALC) as the project officer to upgrade the avionics suit in the HH-65A; In June 2000, he flew the first flight of the HH-65B model on its maiden test flight.
Later that same year, CAPT Hatfield transferred to Purdue University to attend a Coast Guard sponsored graduate school specializing in aeronautical engineering structures. He graduated in May 2002 with an M.S. in Engineering.
Upon completion of graduate school, CAPT Hatfield was assigned to ALC as the HU-25 Product Line Engineer. He transitioned to the HU-25 Falcon and oversaw all engineering, prototype development, aircraft repairs, overhaul and post depot production test flights on the HU-25 Falcon.
In June 2006, CAPT Hatfield was assigned to ATC Mobile, as the Chief Engineering Officer supervising all maintenance activities on 20 aircraft consisting of the MH-60 Jayhawk, HC-144 Ocean Sentry, MH-65 Dolphin and HU-25 Falcon.
July 2009, CAPT Hatfield was selected as the Coast Guard’s Distinguished Aviator and transferred to the U. S. Coast Guard Academy to teach engineering and aviation programs. In August 2010, he fleeted up to serve as the Program Chair, Civil Engineering Major where he oversees all aspects of an ABET accredited major, course work, staff and faculty.