United States Coast
Commander Stephen V. Burdian
Commanding Officer, USCGC VALIANT
Commander Stephen V. Burdian reported for duty aboard USCGC VALIANT from United States Southern Command in Doral, Florida, where he served as the Maritime Operations Specialist for Counternarcotics and Counter Illicit Trafficking for the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
He has over eight years of sea duty including tours as Executive Officer USCGC RESOLUTE (WMEC 620) in Saint Petersburg, Florida, Commanding Officer USCGC PADRE (WPB 1328) in Key West, Florida, Executive Officer USCGC MAUI (WPB 1304) in Miami Beach, Florida, and Deck Watch Officer and First Lieutenant aboard USCGC STORIS (WMEC 38) in Kodiak, Alaska.
Commander Burdian’s assignments ashore include serving as the Afloat and Special Assignments Officer at the Coast Guard Personnel Command in Arlington, Virginia, and as a Law Enforcement/Search and Rescue Coordinator for the Seventh Coast Guard District in Miami, Florida.
Commander Burdian is a 1994 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Additionally, he earned his Master of Science degree in Information Technology Management in 2005 from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.
His awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal,
the Meritorious Service Medal, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with
the operational distinguishing device, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal
with the operational distinguishing device, the Commandant’s Letter of
Commendation with the operational distinguishing device and various other