Donald Eric Bader

Military Professor & Senior Service Advisor Joint Military Operations Department
Capt., U.S. Coast Guard
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Capt. Bader reported to the Naval War College in 2017 after serving as the executive officer of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod. There, he was responsible for the supervision of 204 active duty and civilian personnel, and the operational employment of three HC-144A turboprop fixed wing aircraft and four MH-60T helicopters. Before that assignment, he was a fellow on the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, where he assisted with the preparation, execution and oversight of the Department of Homeland Security’s $46 billion annual appropriation. He has also served as the engineering officer at Air Station Cape Cod and as a duty-standing aviator and flight examiner in the MH-60J/T helicopter.

Areas of Expertise

  • Aerospace
  • Homeland Security
  • Search and Rescue

Professional Highlights


Naval War College, Newport, RI

Assigned as senior Coast Guard representative to the Naval War College

Air Station Cape Cod, MA

Assigned as Executive Officer

U. S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Washington, DC

Served as the DHS Fellow assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Air Station Cape Cod, MA

Engineering Officer - managed all aspects maintenance conducted on 3 H60 helicopters, 3 HC144 fixed wing aircraft and 4 HU25 jet aircraft.

CG-41, Coast Guard Headquarters, Washington, DC

MH60 Systems Manager: technical authority for the Coast Guard's fleet of 42 H60 helicopters

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Graduate school: Operations Research.

Air Station Elizabeth City, NC

Assistant Engineering Officer, Flight Examiner and duty-standing H60 pilot.

Air Station Astoria, OR

Duty Standing H60 aviator

NAS Pensacola, FL

DUNIS - Naval Flight Training

USCGC Tahoma, New Bedford, MA

Damage Control Assistant and Assistant Engineering Officer


M.S., Operations Research, George Mason University

B.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, United States Coast Guard Academy

Awards and Decorations

Distinguished Flying Cross

Meritorious Service Medal
4 Medals

Air Medal
2 Medals

Coast Guard Commendation Medal

Coast Guard Achievement Medal
2 Medals

Other Honors

Inducted into Coast Guard Academy Hall of Heroes

Coast Guard Foundation Award for Heroism
2004, 2007

Rotor and Wing Magazine Helicopter Heroism Award

Naval Helicopter Association Region 4 Aircrew of the Year Award

External Memberships and Associations

Project Management Professional

DHS Level 1 Acquisition Professional

Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences Honor Society
Omega Rho

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