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O-5 Rank InsigniaExecutive 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.

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 Engineer Officer (EO)

LCDR Kara Burns reported about CGC POLAR STAR in the summer of 2014, currently serves as Engineer Officer.

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 Operations Officer (OPS)

LCDR Ariel Piedmont serves as Operations Officer (OPS) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Administration, Communications, Health Services, Marine Sciences, and Navigation divisions. He is responsible for mission execution including coordination of science mission support with the National Science Foundation.

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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.

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Support Services Officer (SUPPO)

CWO2 Cory Jones serves as the Support Services Officer (SUPPO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and is responsible for the Supply and Food Service divisions.

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 Command Master Chief

Master Chief Thomas Stone serves as the Command Master Chief (CMC) on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He graduated High School in Harrisburg Pa, 1986. In 1986, he enlisted in the Coast Guard and upon graduation from boot camp he pre-commissioned the USCGC MATINCUS in Cape May, NJ. After EM ďAĒ School in Yorktown, VA he reported to SRD 270 MAT Portsmouth, Va. His follow on tours include: USCGC POLAR STAR, Loran Station Attu AK, USCGC CUTTYHUNK, NESU Seattle, WA, USCGC HEALY, USCGC KUKUI, NESU Honolulu, HI, USCG Patrol Forces South West Asia, WPB Shore-side support, Ships Forces Logistic Center (SFLC) Norfolk, VA as the 110 WPB Asset Manager, Instructor duty at C3CEN Portsmouth, VA. Master Chief Stone holds a (BSEET) Bachelorís of Science degree in Electronic Engineering Technology (Control Systems).

Last Modified 3/31/2015