Cpt. David McBride, Chief of the Office of Search and Rescue, U.S. Coast Guard
Captain David A. McBride was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He is a 1984 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, receiving a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management & Economics. He completed his MBAA through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Captain McBride is currently serving as Chief, Office and Search and Rescue (CG-534) at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, DC. His office has program oversight of the CG’s Search and Rescue mission, developing national and international search and rescue policy and procedures.
Captain McBride began his career aboard the WAGB Westwind, homeported in Mobile, AL serving as the Electrical Engineering Officer. In 1985, he was assigned to the USCGC Glacier, homeported in Portland, OR as the Electrical Engineering Officer and Damage Control Assistant, making one deployment to Antarctica. Captain McBride then attended Primary Flight Training at NAS Pensacola, FL and Advanced Flight Training at Corpus Christi, TX. His first aviation unit was the Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL where he was assigned to the Operations Division as Schedules Officer and Public Affairs Officer. There he flew the HU-25 Falcon Fanjet, prosecuting Search and Rescue cases, as well as deploying throughout the Caribbean carrying out the Drug Air Interdiction mission. After his first tour at ATC Mobile, he was reassigned to the HU25 Training Branch at ATC Mobile where he served as an Instructor Pilot and also supervised the CG’s Flight Simulator Training Program. In 1996, he transitioned into the H60J Helicopter and was transferred to Air Station Clearwater, FL. While assigned to Air Station Clearwater, he once again prosecuted Search and Rescue Cases and deployed in support of Operation Bahamas and Turks and Caicos (OPBAT), an ongoing drug interdiction operation. At Air Station Clearwater he served as the Administrations Officer and Deputy Executive Officer. In 2000, Captain McBride transitioned back into the HU25 Falcon Fanjet and was assigned to the Group/Air Station Corpus Christi, TX as the Operations Officers. He was directly responsible for all CG operations throughout the entire South Texas Region. In 2002, he fleeted up in to the Deputy Group Commander position at Group/Air Station Corpus Christi. In 2004 he was assigned to the Fifth District’s Office of Response as the Incident Management Branch Chief, also serving as the Atlantic Area Search and Rescue Coordinator. He supervised the daily operation of the combined Atlantic Area and District Command Center that oversaw the annual prosecution of 32,841 Search and Rescue Case including 4,700 prosecuted by the Fifth District. His last tour of duty was as the CG Liaison to the United States Transportation Command at Scott AFB in Illinois. Throughout his career he has accumulated over 4500 Flight Hours, prosecuting over 290 Search and Rescue and participating in 9 major drug interdiction cases.