Air Station Sacramento Command

Captain John F. McCarthy
Commanding Officer

Captain McCarthyCaptain John F. McCarthy was commissioned at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 and was initially assigned as the Assistant Engineering Officer on Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was selected for flight training and earned his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas in October, 2000. His first aviation tour was at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, flying search and rescue and law enforcement missions in the HU-25A/C/D Falcon and VC-4A throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. From 2004 through 2009 he was assigned to Air Station Washington, where he served as a C-37A Flight Examiner and C-143A Aircraft Commander, flying the Commandant of the Coast Guard and Secretary of Homeland Security. He returned to Air Station Washington as the Executive Officer from 2014 through 2017, where he oversaw the 32-person unit, two globally deployed Long Range Command and Control Aircraft (LRCCA) and the acquisition of the Coast Guard's newest LRCCA, the C-37B.

Captain McCarthy's staff assignments include Military Aide to President Barack Obama, Coast Guard Fellow to House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, and Program Reviewer for Aviation and Cutter Forces in the Office of Budget & Programs (CG-82).

Captain McCarthy holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a Master in Public Administration from George Washington University, and a Master in Business Administration from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, a Commendation Medal and Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Captain McCarthy is originally from Dunedin, Florida. He and his wife Chanda have three children.

Commander Roy J. Eidem
Executive Officer

Commander Roy J. Eidem assumed the duties of Executive Officer, Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento, in May 2016. Prior to his current assignment, CDR Eidem served as Chief of Current Operations, Coast Guard Atlantic Area. This vast area of responsibility ranged from the Rocky Mountains to the far Middle East.  He oversaw the Response and Prevention efforts of five Coast Guard Districts, as well as 48 Atlantic Area Cutter and Deployable Specialized Force units with over 4,100 personnel across all 11 mandated Coast Guard missions.  He coordinated Coast Guard response with joint Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense Combatant Commander interagency operations.  

CDR Eidem was the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, HC-130J Standardization Branch Chief. He was responsible for doctrine development, flight manual procedure construct, standardization evaluations, and pilot and aircrew training for the HC-130J.  Using this aircraft as a trial platform, he also initiated the Coast Guard’s Aviation Electronic Flight Bag program, transitioning aeronautical charts and flight information from a paper-based to electronic tablet format.

CDR Eidem’s previous operational assignments include: HC-130J Flight Examiner and duty pilot at Air Station Elizabeth City, HU-25 Flight Examiner and duty pilot at Air Station Corpus Christi, and Operations Officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter BITTERSWEET (WMEC-110). Between the two operational air station assignments, CDR Eidem was one of the initial six cadre pilots for the HC-130J Aircraft Project Office (APO). The APO implemented the acquisition and built the foundation of the operational deployment of the HC-130J.

CDR Eidem is a 1995 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science. He has a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School. During the course of his career he accumulated over 4,500 flight hours and holds FAA Airline Transport Pilot and Commercial Flight Instructor qualifications.  In addition to his military pilot designations, he holds a civilian pilot in command designation in Gulfstream aircraft. 

CDR Eidem and his wife Christy reside in Rocklin, California.

AETCM Travis L. Cholewa
Command Master Chief

Having grown up in Vermont, Master Chief Cholewa enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1989 after graduating from high school. Master Chief was stationed at Governors Island NYC from 1989-1991 prior to beginning his aviation career. After graduating from "AT" A-school in 1991 he was stationed at Air Station Cape Cod, Mass. from 1991-1995 where he became qualified on the Coast Guard's newest aircraft, the HH-60J.

AETCM Cholewa continued on to Air Station Sitka, AK from 1995-1999. He was then stationed at Air Station Clearwater, Fla. where he served from 1999-2004. In 2004 he returned to Air Station Cape Cod where he served until 2011. Master Chief left for the west coast once more being stationed at Air Station San Francisco as both the Leading Chief and Command Senior Chief from 2011-2015.

AETCM Cholewa's flying experience was entirely on the MH-60J Jayhawk as a flight mechanic and instructor. Additionally, his top military decorations include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, and a Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

AETCM Cholewa is married to Karen Cholewa and is the father of two children; Daughter Kaylan (19) and son Garrett (13).