Air Station Sacramento welcomes new Commanding Officer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The crewmembers of Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento welcomed a new commanding officer to the air station during a change of command ceremony held today at McClellan Field.

Capt. Michael J. Eagle assumed command of Air Station Sacramento from Capt. Gregory A. Buxa, who had been stationed in Sacramento since August 2007. Buxa’s next assignment will be in Alameda, Calif., as the chief of strategic operations planning, Pacific Area.

Eagle reports to Air Station Sacramento from his last assignment as Chief, Services Division, at Coast Guard Headquarters. He previously served as the Aviation Logistics Center Executive Officer, in Elizabeth City, N.C., where he oversaw the complete logistical support of all Coast Guard aviation assets, while managing a diverse workforce of civilian, military and contractors totaling over 1,500 people. Prior assignments include HU-25 Falcon Jet product line manager; assistant engineering officer at Air Station Miami; H-60J Jayhawk helicopter engineering officer at Air Stations Kodiak and Clearwater; and damage control assistant on Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous.

Eagle has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, Coast Guard Letters of Commendation, Coast Guard Meritorious Team Awards and various other personal and unit awards.

Eagle was raised as one of five children of a career Air Force mechanic, spending most of his childhood on the Gulf Coast. He graduated high school in Mobile, Ala. the cradle of Coast Guard aviation. He graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and has a Masters in Computational Operational Research from The College of William and Mary. He is married to the former Heidi Holmstedt of Mystic, Conn and they have four children.

Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento has four HC-130 Hercules fixed-wing aircrafts with 189 personnel assigned to the unit. Flight crews perform homeland security patrols, long range search and rescue, migrant interdiction, drug interdiction, environmental protection, fisheries enforcement, boating safety, maritime law enforcement and living marine resources protection. Crews cover a 3.8 million square mile expanse of the Pacific Ocean including north to the U.S./Canadian border, south to the Galapagos Islands and westward halfway to Hawaii. Air Station Sacramento is the only Coast Guard fixed-wing aircraft unit on the West Coast.

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