Executive Officer (XO)
CDR Kenneth J. Boda graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences with high honors. His first assignment was aboard the icebreaker USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11) as a Deck Watch Officer and Communications Officer. In 1999, he was assigned as Supply and Training Officer aboard USCGC EAGLE (WIX 327). From 2001 to 2003 he attended Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and completed a masterís degree in Physical Oceanography. CDR Boda was assigned to the Coast Guard Academy Department of Science as a Marine Science Instructor from 2003 to 2007. From 2007-2009, Commander Boda was assigned as the Operations Officer aboard USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11). From 2009 to 2013, Commander Boda was the science, environment and energy analyst in the Office of Strategic Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-095). In June 2011, CDR Boda graduated from the Naval War College with a masterís degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with distinction. CDR Boda is currently the Executive Officer aboard the icebreaker USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10), serving as the direct representative of the commanding officer and responsible for all administration, personnel, organization, safety, and coordination of effort aboard the cutter.
Engineer Officer (EO)
LCDR Bryan Boyster reported about CGC POLAR STAR in the summer of 2012 from CGC STEADFAST and currently serves as Engineer Officer.
Operations Officer (OPS)
LCDR Maeve K. Keogh serves as Operations Officer (OPS) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Administration, Communications, Health Services, Marine Sciences, and Navigation divisions. She is responsible for mission execution including coordination of science mission support with the National Science Foundation. Her previous afloat assignments include XO, CGC HICKORY; WEPS, CGC SHERMAN; DCA, CGC POLAR STAR; FS3, CGC HEALY.
First Lieutenant (BOSN)
CWO4 James W. Bride serves as the First Lieutenant (1LT) on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He oversees the operation of the Deck Department and associated equipment, including weight handling gear and three small boats. CWO Bride entered the Service in 1988 and has since served aboard eight Coast Guard Cutters in various capacities including: SN aboard USCGC ESCAPE (WMEC 6), QM3 thru QM1 on USCGC PLANTREE (WLB 307), USCGC HAMILTON (WHEC 715) and USCGC MIDGETT (WHEC 726). He again served on USCGC HAMILTON as QMC and then on to USCGC Healy (WAGB 20) as the Deck BMC. BMC Bride was promoted to CWO in June 2005 and was assigned to the USCGC BOUTWELL (WHEC-719) as 1LT. Other 1LT tours include USCGC MELLON (WHEC 717), USCGC JARVIS (WHEC 725) and USCGC MUNRO (WHEC-724). In January 2013, CWO Bride became the 34th master cutterman in the history of the Coast Guard after completing 20 years of sea duty.
Support Services Officer (SUPPO)
CWO2 Patrick M. Ettinger serves as the Support Services Officer (SUPPO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and is responsible for the Supply and Food Service divisions. CWO Ettinger joined the Coast Guard in 1999 and attended ďAĒ School upon graduation from boot camp. He was promoted to CWO in June 2012. CWO Ettinger has served aboard three other Coast Guard Cutters in various capacities including: SK3 and SK2 aboard USCGC VALIANT (WMEC 621), Supply Division Leading Storekeeper aboard USCGC Mackinaw (WLBB 30), and Supply Division Chief aboard USCGC HEALY (WAGB 20). CWO Ettinger also served as an SK2 through SK1 at USCG Aircraft Repair and Supply Center, Elizabeth City, NC, Independent Duty Storekeeper at Station Two Rivers, WI, and Supply Division Chief at Sector Buffalo, NY.
Command Master Chief
Master Chief Ronald P. Inget serves as the Command Master Chief (CMC) on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He graduated High School in Torrington WY, 1982. In 1983 he joined the Wyoming Army National Guard and in 1984 attended Heavy Artillery Repair training in Aberdeen, MD. In 1985 he lateralled to the Coast Guard and upon graduation from boot camp was stationed at CG Station Neah Bay, WA. After EM ďAĒ School in Yorktown, VA he was assigned to USCGC SUMAC, St. Louis, MO. His follow on tours include the pre-commissioning of CGC LONG ISLAND in Lockport, LA; Loran Station Iwo Jima, Japan; CGC POLAR STAR; CGC KISKA; pre-commissioning CGC HEALY in New Orleans, LA where he was advanced to EMC and EMCS; NESU Seattle, WA; CG PRO Marinette, Marinette, WI;CGC MARIA BRAY, Jacksonville FL; USCG Patrol Forces South West Asia. WPB Shore-side support; USCGC BARBARA MABRITY Mobile, AL; USCGC HARRY CLAIBORNE Galveston, TX. Master Chief Inget holds a Merchant License, Chief Engineer (Limited-Oceans) and 1st Assistant Unlimited; an (AAS) Associates in Applied Science (Electro-Mechanical); and a Merchant License 100 Ton Master with towing endorsement.