Commander Roy J. Eidem
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.