Air Station Sacramento Command

Captain Ian A. Bastek
Commanding Officer

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Captain Ian A. Bastek was commissioned at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 and was initially assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter PLANETREE, WLB-307, homeported in Ketchikan, AK. He winged as a Naval Aviator in June 2000 and served operational tours in Barbers Point, HI, and Elizabeth City, NC, flying the HC-130H. Captain Bastek served multiple tours at the Coast Guard’s Aviation Training Center (ATC) in Mobile, AL. His first assignment to ATC was as a HC-144A Standardization Instructor and Flight Examiner, where he was a Plankowner in the HC-144 “Ocean Sentry” program. He later returned to ATC as the Operations Officer and was selected to fleeted up to the Executive Officer position. In this capacity he was responsible for all aspects of Coast Guard pilot and aircrew training, including fleet standardization for all Coast Guard aircraft types at 26 air stations and on 43 flight deck equipped cutters.

His most recent staff assignment was as the Senior U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Task Force East (JTF-E) advisor to the NORAD and US NORTHCOM Combatant Commander. His additional staff assignments include the Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711) where he served as HC-130J Platform Manager, and later as the Fixed Wing and Sensor Division Chief.

Captain Bastek has accrued over 3,800 military fixed wing flight hours, has previously qualified in three operational Coast Guard aircraft (HC-130H, HC-144A/B, and HC-130J), and is a Federal Aviation Administration rated Airline Transport Pilot. His military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, three Meritorious Service Medals, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and four Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

Captain Bastek has a Bachelor of Science in Management from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He also earned a Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Ethics from Spring Hill College and is a 2016 Excellence in Government Fellow.

Commander Aaron J. Ortenzio
Executive Officer

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Commander Aaron J. Ortenzio was commissioned at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2000 and was initially assigned as a Deck Watch Officer on Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet homeported in Ketchikan, AK.  He was selected for flight training and earned his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas in February, 2004. His first aviation tour was at the ATC Mobile Operations Division from 2004-2008, flying search and rescue and law enforcement missions in the HU-25A Falcon throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean.  From 2008 through 2013 he was assigned to Air Station Miami, where he served as Flight Safety Officer and flew the HU-25C/D and transition to the HC-144A.     

Commander Ortenzio staff assignments include the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Search and Rescue (CG-SAR), where he served as the USCG Liaison to the International Cospas Sarsat Progam and the U.S. Coast Guard Office of Aviation Forces (CG-711) where he served as Fixed Wing and Sensors Division Chief.     

Commander Ortenzio holds a Bachelor of Science in Government from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Master in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  His military decorations include two Meritorious Service Medals, a Commendation Medal and four Coast Guard Achievement Medals.


AMTCM Brian K. Zuckerman
Command Master Chief

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AMTCM Zuckerman joined the Coast Guard in 1992. After completing boot camp in Cape May, NJ he was assigned to Station Chincoteague, VA where he quickly became small boat engineer qualified on the 44’ Motor Life Boat and 21’ Rigid Hull Inflatable.  

After graduating AD “A” School in 1995, Master Chief Zuckerman’s first aviation tour began in Sacramento, CA. There he qualified as an HC-130H Basic Aircrew, Drop Master and Flight Engineer while capitalizing on the myriad of outdoor activities including mountain biking, rock climbing, whitewater kayaking and backpacking.  

In 2001, he ventured overseas to Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii where he became a valued team leader of the HC-130H Corrosion Team, Metal Shop and C-130 Shop.    

 In 2006, he returned to Sacramento where he became a key deployable asset, helping to interdict drugs and migrants.  In addition, he also became a Primary QA for the unit.  

In 2008, he advanced to Chief Petty Officer and transferred to Clearwater, FL where he supervised maintenance shops, administered crew flight pay, facilitated crew leave and served as the Education Services Chief.  

Advancing to Senior Chief in 2012, his leadership was at the forefront of the Aviation Logistics Center as the senior enlisted member in Policy and Quality Assurance.  

Master Chief Zuckerman served as the LCPO for Air Station Cape Cod from 2015-2019.