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New Captain at Helm of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point

Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point held a change of command ceremony bidding farewell to Capt. Frederick Reidlin and welcomed Capt. Andrew Eriks at the unit Friday.

Rear Adm. Brian Penoyer, commander, Coast Guard 14th District presided over the ceremony.

Eriks served most recently as the program manager for the Coast Guard’s Financial Management Service Improvement Initiative in the Acquisition Directorate (CG-9) at Coast Guard Headquarters, leading an extensive effort, in concert with DHS, replacing the Coast Guard’s legacy accounting systems with a new financial, procurement and asset management service. His previous assignments include Air Station Elizabeth City, N. C., Aviation Logistics Center Elizabeth City, N.C., Air Station Clearwater, Florida, Air Station Astoria, Oregon, Coast Guard Cutters Dauntless, Basswood and Polar Sea and Coast Guard Station Neah Bay, Washington.

He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1984 and served first as a machinery technician and qualified diver before attending Officer Candidate School and attending Naval Flight Training in Pensacola, Florida.

Eriks has a Bachelor of Science degree in professional aeronautics from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. He also holds a DHS Level III Acquisition certification in Program Management. Eriks is married to the former Ms. Elizabeth Selby of Ashland, Oregon. They have two children.

Capt. Frederick Reidlin served as commanding officer of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point from 2015 to 2018. He now heads to Coast Guard Headquarters to serve as Chief of Aviation Forces CG-711.

He has flown nearly 5,000 hours in Coast Guard aircraft including as an instructor pilot in the MH-60J Jayhawk helicopter, an aircraft commander in the MH-65C Dolphin helicopter, and was one of the original design, test and evaluation pilots for the MH-60T Jayhawk helicopter.

Previous assignments include Air Station San Francisco, Air Station Kodiak, Alaska, Air Station Sitka, Alaska, the Aviation Logistic Center in Elizabeth City, N.C. and Air Station New Orleans.

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