Captain Erik C. Langenbacher
Captain Erik Langenbacher is a native of Remer, Minnesota. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering. He was first assigned as a deck watch officer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter RELIANCE. He attended Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida and earned his wings in 1993. He then reported to Coast Guard Air Station Port Angeles to fly the HH-65A helicopter conducting Search and Rescue and law enforcement missions. In 1997, Captain Langenbacher reported to Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, Alaska where he was assigned to the Alaska Patrol, or ALPAT. In 1999, he reported to Air Station Detroit, Michigan as the Engineering Officer. During his time in Michigan, he earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Embry Riddle University. From 2002-2004, Captain Langenbacher attended Purdue University and earned a Masters Degree in Aeronautical Engineering. In 2004, he was stationed at the Aircraft Repair and Supply Center in Elizabeth City, North Carolina as the Aging Aircraft Branch Chief and the HH-65 Product Line Manager. In 2008, Captain Langenbacher transferred back to Port Angeles as the Deputy Group Commander. In 2010, he assumed command of Air Station San Francisco and after a successful command tour, he was assigned to the Pacific Area staff is the Resource and Financial Division Chief in 2012
Captain Langenbacher's awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Commandant's Letter of Commendation and numerous unit and team commendations. He has accumulated more than 3,500 helicopter flight hours, has a helicopter Airline Transport Pilot rating and a commercial and float plane pilot's rating in fixed wing aircraft.
Captain Langenbacher is happily married to the former Kristi Kiteley of Port Angeles, Washington. They are the proud parents Emma and Carson.