Jamie Greendyk

Operations Officer, United States Coast Guard Academy

I am an active duty Coast Guard Officer and 2012 graduate of the United States Coast Guard Academy. I specialize in afloat operations and have served on four ships, including both of the United States’ operational polar icebreakers and as Commanding Officer of a 110′ patrol vessel homeported in Seward, Alaska. In addition to regularly operating in the Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea, I have completed three Arctic patrols and one Antarctic “Operation Deep Freeze” deployment. During my shore tour, I served on staff at the Seventeenth Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska where I was exposed to strategic planning related to operating in the Arctic region and came to better understand firsthand the logistical challenges of supporting operations around remote Alaska and the Arctic.

My educational background is in political science. In graduate school, while completing a Master’s in Public Administration and a Master’s in Homeland Security, my research focused heavily on local, state, tribal and federal governance in remote Alaska and similar areas, strategic policy in the polar regions, and Arctic security.

I am currently the Operations Officer onboard USCGC Healy, the United States’ largest icebreaker. In this role, I am responsible to the Commanding Officer for the safe navigation and successful execution of all operations onboard. I also collaborate with our embarked science party of forty-five and oversee our ninety-six active duty crew members as they complete scientific sensor deployments and oceanographic research throughout the Arctic. We are currently returning from a four month Arctic patrol which included a successful transit to the North Pole in support of the Synoptic Arctic Survey, an international collaborative program focused on using research vessels from around the world to gather and share data on the current state of the Arctic environment.

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