Group Humboldt Bay deputy commander retires after 29 years of service in 3 branches

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif – Cmdr. Rick Christoffersen, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay, retired today after 29 years of military service in the Air Force, Army and Coast Guard.

Christoffersen joined the Air Force in September 1978. Following basic training, he was assigned to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas where he served as an instructor in the Air Force’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape School. SERE trains military aviators in survival techniques in the event their aircraft are downed behind enemy lines.

In 1984, Christoffersen transferred to the Army and received his Army Aviator wings and a commission as a warrant officer in 1985. Serving four years in the Army he flew Bell OH-58A Kiowa Warrior and Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk helicopters with the 82nd Airborne Division’s Aviation Brigade.

In 1989 he joined the Coast Guard as a commissioned officer where he has served for twenty years flying the Eurocopter HH-65 Dolphin and Sikorsky HH-60J Jayhawk at Air Stations North Bend, Ore., Humboldt Bay, Calif. and the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Christoffersen left Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington and transferred to Humboldt County four years ago where he served as the Operations Officer for Group/Air Station Humboldt Bay before taking over the deputy commander duties.

Christoffersen, his wife, Lt. Col. Anne Christoffersen, US Army (ret.) and his two children plan to relocate to New Hampshire.

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