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Press Release | June 27, 2024

Media Availability: Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento to conduct change-of-command ceremony

WHO: Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto, the Coast Guard Eleventh District commander, Capt. Ian A. Bastek, outgoing Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento commander, and Capt. Bradford E. Apitz, incoming Air Station Sacramento commander

WHAT: Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento change-of-command ceremony

WHERE: Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento at McClellan Airfield, 6037 Price Ave., McClellan, CA 95652 

WHEN: Friday, June 28, 10 a.m.

Editor’s note: Media interested in attending are asked to RSVP to by 5 p.m. Thursday. 

Sacramento, Calif. — Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento personnel are scheduled to host a change-of-command ceremony Friday at Air Station Sacramento.

Rear Adm. Andrew M. Sugimoto is scheduled to preside over the ceremony, where Capt. Bradford E. Apitz is scheduled to relieve Capt. Ian A. Bastek as the Air Station Sacramento commander.

Capt. Bastek will be retiring after 27 years of dedicated service to the nation. He assumed command of Air Station Sacramento in July 2021. As the Air Station Sacramento commander, he led over 100 search and rescue cases resulting in over 220 lives saved and more than 400 lives assisted. His crews also supported 22 interdictions that resulted in the apprehension of more than 500 undocumented non-citizens and over $75 million worth of illicit narcotics. He is a graduate of the Coast Guard Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Management in 1997 at New London, Connecticut. Bastek also received his master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Capt. Apitz will transition to his new position as Air Station Sacramento commander. He is transitioning from Coast Guard Headquarters as the Chief for the Office of Requirements and Analysis in the Coast Guard Capabilities Directorate (CG-7). A 1993 graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne, Massachusetts, Apitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Transportation and earned a Master of Arts degree in Global Leadership, with a certificate in Project Management, from the University of San Diego in 2005.  He is currently completing his Master of Arts in Security Studies (Homeland Security and Defense) at the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) in Monterey, CA.

The Air Station Sacramento commander's responsibilities include leading the West Coast's sole fixed-wing air station and executing the Western Hemisphere mission set over more than 1,200 miles of coastline.