Portraits of Diversity
1. What is your name and what do you do in the Coast Guard? "I am Eric Wilson. I am the Chief Pilot and Operations Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Washington. Air Station Washington provides global on-demand executive transport service for the Secretary of Homeland Security, the Commandant of the Coast Guard and other senior service leaders. The unit currently has two Gulfstream 5 aircrafts." 2. Describe diversity in a word or two and explain what it means to you. "Diversity of thought, diversity of experience, diversity of background all increase our services dynamic capabilities to execute our many missions. Therefore, diversity is not just a buzz word or project initiative; it is about readiness." 3. How has your experience and background prepared you to be effective at your job? "I’ve had a wealth of great opportunities in the Coast Guard. I served as a Deck Watch Officer aboard CGC WILLOW, a pilot in the HU-25, HC-144 and C37 aircraft. I’ve been able to experience a diverse array of operational Coast Guard missions. Every day is a unique challenge and new opportunity to learn." 4. Tell me a little bit about your life outside of work. "Outside of work, I am working on a Master's degree in Organizational Leadership. When I'm not writing essays, I’m spending time with my wife and kids." U.S. Coast Guard photo by Auxiliarist David Lau

Photo by: Auxiliarist David Lau |  VIRIN: 160325-G-QD712-538.JPG