ATLANTIC CITY, NEW JERSEY
Captain Nick Bartolotta graduated from the US Coast Guard Academy in May 1989 with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Engineering & Naval Architecture. Upon commissioning, his first assignment
was aboard USCGC TAMPA in Portsmouth, VA as Deck Watch Officer and helicopter Landing Signal Officer. He reported for flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola in April 1991 and received his Wings of Gold upon graduating in Oct 1992. His first aviation assignment was as a search and rescue pilot at Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, GA where he met his wife and married. After completing his first tour, he was selected to be an HH-65 Instructor Pilot and Command Flight Safety Officer at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, LA, where he also served as Assistant Operations Officer. In June 2000, he was transferred to Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C. and assigned to the Office of Aviation Forces and the HH-65 Platform Manager responsible for operations policy and upgrades for the Coast Guard's 98 HH-65 helicopters. Captain Bartolotta played vital roles on many key project teams during his staff tour including the first procurement of additional HH-65s since the original contract with Aerospatiale in 1985, initial procrement of a Forward Looking Infrared system in support of the Presidential "Huntsman" mission, drafting the operational requirements document for the Deepwater rotary-wing sensor package, Air Lead for the Deepwater Gap Analysis, Project Officer for the return of LT Jack Rittichier's remains and interment at Arlington National Cemetery (USCG's only MIA from Vietnam) and procuring new engines for the HH-65 fleet. After the 9/11 attacks, he also served as USCG Liaison to the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon for eight months. With his Headquarters tour concluded, Captain Bartolotta returned to the aviation community in May 2004 when he was assigned as the Operations Officer and re-designated an Instructor Pilot at CG Air Station Detroit, MI. He was the Air Boss and Joint Air Support Operations Center commander for the first international Rotary-wing Air Intercept mission for Super Bowl XL in Detroit, responsible for US and Canadian air assets. In June 2007 he returned to Air Station Savannah, this time serving as Executive Officer while also completing his Masters of Science in Aviation Safety Management. Captain Bartolotta has received multiple Meritorious Service Medals, Commendation Medals, Achievement Medals and other personal and unit awards.
Captain Bartolotta is originally from Huappauge, NY (Long Island). He married the former Mary Cameron of Carmel, IN, in 1995 and they have two children, Patrick (11) and Madeline (9).