A history of heroes

Written by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers.

The history of a military unit helps mold and shape its identity, sometimes just as much as the crews who carry out its missions. When a unit reaches 50 years in operation it usually serves as a proud marking point and an excellent time to look back on what events shaped that identity. For Air Station Los Angeles, that day came on Nov. 16, 2012, during an ceremony attended by current and past aircrews.

The evolution of the air station that serves one of the largest cities in the U.S. is an interesting one and has helped mold the air station into a true multi-mission unit. While air stations are known for rescuing mariners at sea, Air Station Los Angeles also has a long history of providing security from the air dating back to the 1984 Summer Olympics.

Today, Los Angeles aircrews provide the Coast Guard with its only rotary air wing intercept capability on the west coast and have been heavily involved in interdicting drug smuggling operations off the coast of California.

Located at the Los Angeles International Airport, one of the busiest airports in the country, the air station was almost shut down in 1982 due to budget cuts but narrowly survived to continue its missions to today. Here is a look back at the historical journey of Air Station Los Angeles.

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  • Mike Cusson

    Was a great surprise to see this. I will share. The CO looks like a kid to me now… LOL

    Mike Cusson
    AD-2
    HH-52A SAR Aircrew
    CGAS LOSA
    1972 – 1975

  • Beckii Perea

    Wow the hanger looks so small now, than it did when inwas a kid… many many great memories

  • http://www.facebook.com/frank.chliszczyk Frank M. Chliszczyk

    Memories, memories, memories…Thanks a lot.

    CAPT Frank Chliszczyk USCG retired

    Airsta San Diego 1962-1964 AL3 HU-16 crewman during support flights to LAX
    Airsta Los Angeles 1981-1985 XO/CO

  • Anonymous

    Oh what memories. I wish I knew of the 50th…I would have been there

    Shelley Gale AM2 1972-1976 USCGR (Retired)

  • Daniel Gregg

    So many great memories, best duty ever. Loved the HH-52′s. Remember the Tanked that exploded in Long Beach harbor? I was on the scene when it happened. I wish i had known the 50th.
    Daniel Gregg
    AM3
    HH52 SAR Aircrew
    CGAS Los Angeles
    1974 – 1976

  • Daniel Gregg

    So many great memories, best duty ever. Loved the HH-52′s. Remember the Tanker that exploded in Long Beach harbor? I was on the scene when it happened, set a new record for the quickest on scene time.
    I wish i had known the 50th.
    Daniel Gregg
    AM3
    HH52 SAR Aircrewman
    CGAS Los Angeles
    1974 – 1976

  • Daniel Gregg

    Never thought i would see this name again…Glad you are on the right side of the green.