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 am excited to be serving at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy as an Admissions Officer for the Mid-Atlantic region.

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. I led a department which was responsible for developing and maintaining all hazard response and contingency plans.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about the Coast Guard Academy, the application process, career opportunities in the Coast Guard, or any other questions you may have. Best of luck and I look forward to hearing from you! Go Bears!


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