Aviation Training Center, Mobile

    Commanding Officer


    Captain Christopher J. Hulser

    CAPT Christopher J. Hulser


    Captain Hulser is the 21st Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Aviation Training Center (ATC) Mobile, AL. He is responsible for all aspects of Coast Guard pilot and aircrew training and standardization for 26 Air Stations and 43 flight deck equipped Coast Guard Cutters. Additionally he commands the Coast Guard’s Aviation Capabilities Development Center, provides 24/7 fixed-wing operational response, and directs helicopter disaster surge response for America’s Gulf Coast. Captain Hulser is a 23-year veteran of the US Coast Guard, and a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

    Captain Hulser’s first assignment was aboard the 270’ Cutter SPENCER (Boston, MA) where he performed CG Law Enforcement, Fisheries, and Search and Rescue missions.  Next, he earned his “Wings of Gold” at US Navy Flight School (Pensacola, FL).  His first aviation duty assignment was Air Station San Francisco where he served as a Helicopter Aircraft Commander.  

    In 2004, he was selected as the Coast Guard’s Exchange Pilot to the Royal Canadian Air Force and transferred to British Columbia, Canada. During his last year on exchange he served as the Pilot Leader in Canada’s 442 Rescue Squadron, an honor never before conveyed to a foreign officer. After returning, LT Hulser headed to Miami, FL for duty as a Department Head and Aircraft Commander.

    In 2010 he was selected as a Presidential Public Service Fellow and earned his Master’s degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  At Harvard he earned the distinction of being named the Lucius N. Littauer Fellow for academic and leadership accomplishment.  After Harvard, LCDR Hulser served as the Military Aide to the 24th Commandant for two years until receiving orders “back to the fleet” as Chief Pilot at Air Station Houston.  While at Houston, he was promoted to the rank of Commander, and the unit’s Executive Officer.

    In 2015 CDR Hulser attended Senior Service School at the US Marine Corps War College, or “MCWAR.” He graduated with honors and was named the class Distinguished Graduate. Following War College, CDR Hulser was assigned to US NORTHCOM (J3 - Domestic Operations), to conduct Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA). 

    From 2018-2020, CAPT Hulser returned to CG Headquarters as the Acting Director of Military Personnel and the Coast Guard Reserve (CG-13). He was responsible for the development and oversight of military personnel policy programs to attract, recruit, train, and retain the Coast Guard’s 55K person workforce.

    He is married to Leslie (Gordon) Hulser, originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Captain and Mrs. Hulser have one daughter, Alexandra, who is 16 years old.