22 - 23 March 2022
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500 Hotel Circle North 
San Diego, CA 92108 
USA

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Benjamin Berman

Benjamin Berman

Helicopter Program Manager & Chief Helicopter Pilot, CAL FIRE, USA

Career History:

  • 1997 - U. S. Coast Guard (E-1 through E-3)
  • 1999 – U. S. Coast Guard Aviation Electrical Technician (E4 -E6)
  • 1999 - U. S. Coast Guard H-65 Crew Chief; Coast Guard Air Station North Bend, Oregon
  • 2004 – U. S. Coast Guard H-65 Crew Chief Instructor; Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, AL
  • 2005 – Hurricane Katrina Operations (159 lives saved)
  • 2007 – U. S. Coast Guard Officer Candidate School, U. S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, CT
  • 2008 – U. S. Navy Flight School, Pensacola, FL
  • 2009 – U. S. Coast Guard MH-60 Flight Training, Aviation Training Center, Mobile, AL
  • 2009 – U. S. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, OR (Aircraft Commander)
  • 2013 – U. S. Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineering Program
  • 2013 – U. S. Coast Guard Aeronautical Engineer and MH-60 Instructor Pilot
  • 2017 – HC-130H & MH-60 Program Manager, U. S. Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC (MH-60 & HC-130 Pilot)
  • 2020 – CAL FIRE Helicopter Program Manager & Chief Helicopter Pilot (S-70i Instructor Pilot)

Education and Certifications:

  • B.S. from Eastern Oregon University
  • M.S. from University of South Alabama
  • FAA Airline Transport Pilot – Rotorcraft
  • FAA S-70 Type Rating
  • FAA Commercial Multiengine- Airplane
  • FAA L-382 Type Rating
  • FAA Certified Flight Instructor – Instrument with NVG endorsement
  • ICS Operations Section Chief
  • ICS Air Operations Branch Director
  • Advanced Rescue Systems (ARS) Advanced Helicopter Hoist Rotor Flow Dynamics
  • Coast Guard Advanced Helicopter Rescue School
  • U. S. Army High-Altitude Army Aviation Training Site (HAATS) Power Management

Awards:

  • 2002 Captain Frank Erickson Rescue of the Year Award
  • 2006 Navy League Award
  • 2013 Coast Guard Foundation Rescue of the Year Award
  • Meritorious Service Medal
  • (2) Air Medals
  • (4) Coast Guard Commendation Medals
  • (3) Coast Guard Achievement Medals
  • (1) U. S. Army Achievement Medal
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