Commander Clint B. Schlegel
Commander Schlegel is a native of Fort Wayne, IN. He graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1997 and reported for duty as an Ensign aboard the USCG Cutter Gallatin homeported in Charleston, South Carolina and regularly patrolled the waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea conducting counter narcotics and migrant operations. He then received an appointment to attend aviation training in Pensacola, Florida and graduated with distinction as US Naval aviator #25651 and USCG aviator #3477.
His first two aviation assignments from 2000-2008 were to Air Station Traverse City, Michigan as the “Guardian of the Great Lakes” and to Sector Humboldt Bay as protectors of the “Lost Coast” while flying the vulnerable HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and achieving the highest aviation qualification as an instructor pilot and flight examiner. During this period, he also deployed aboard USCG cutters in support of counter-narcotic and migrant interdiction in the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea and South Pacific Ocean.
Following graduation from Embry-Riddle University with a Master of Science in Safety Science, he reported to the USCG Aviation Logistics Center in 2010 where he managed the flight and ground safety program for a 1,000 member industrial facility, managed the USCG’s voice & flight data recorder (black box) program and regularly conducted post-depot level maintenance test flights on aircraft. During this assignment he deployed to direct air operations for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill recovery operations based out of Houma, Louisiana. In 2013 he was promoted to Commander and served as the Operations Officer of Air Station Detroit, Michigan managing daily operations of 5 helicopters servicing Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan as well as supporting the USCG Rotary Wing Air Interdiction mission with qualified crews protecting the National Capital Region and other deployed locations around the country.
Commander Schlegel was most recently assigned as the USCG Liaison to the Royal Canadian Mount Police in Ottawa, Ontario Canada and served as the direct link between the two countries to facilitate and manage the Integrated Cross-border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations program (ICMLEO, aka Shiprider) in addition to other cooperative maritime law enforcement engagements with US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice agencies.
Command Schlegel arrived to Sector Humboldt Bay for a second tour in 2018 to serve as the Deputy Sector Commander. He is joined by his spouse and their two children.