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LT Brad Nelson

Thank you for your interest in learning more about the many opportunities that the world’s premier maritime service academy has to offer. I have been fortunate to serve at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy for the last four years as an Admissions Officer and look forward to supporting you during the application process.

Originally from south Florida, I graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2013 with a B.S. in Management. My cadet summer training experiences were unforgettable and provided me invaluable development opportunities throughout my time at the CGA. My summer assignments included going underway on a 210’ Cutter patrolling the Caribbean, sailing on the 295’ USCGC EAGLE, and going underway on the CGC SYCAMORE, a 225’ buoy tender based in Cordova, AK.

Upon graduation, I served my first tour as an Underway Deck Watch Officer, Communications Officer, & Assistant Navigator aboard USCGC HARRIET LANE based in Portsmouth, VA. I was responsible for the safe navigation of the ship, I conducted search and rescue missions, and I participated in joint inter-agency task force law enforcement operations along East Coast, the Caribbean, and South America.

My next assignment was at USCG Sector Long Island Sound based in New Haven, CT. I served in the Command Center as a Command Duty Officer. I directed a 24/7 watch team in coordinating and executing search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental response, and marine safety operations for 13 units across a 23K sq. mi area. I also served as liaison with federal, state, and local government agencies to conduct interagency trainings and bolster partnerships, including close coordination with the Civil Air Patrol. I then had the opportunity to serve as the Chief of Emergency Management & Readiness at Sector Long Island Sound where I was responsible for developing and maintaining all hazard response and contingency plans.

I’m driven by a passion to develop the next generation of the Coast Guard workforce.

Go Bears!

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Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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