Captain (select) Ken Boda is the Deputy Chief of the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-751). He serves as the Sponsor’s Representative for the Coast Guard Polar Security Cutter acquisition. Captain (select) Boda is a career icebreaker sailor having served eight years afloat as Communications Officer and Operations Officer in USCGC POLAR SEA (WAGB 11), Supply/Training Officer in USCGC EAGLE (WIX 327), and Executive Officer in USCGC POLAR STAR (WAGB 10). His staff tours include Marine Science Instructor at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Analyst in the Office of Strategic Analysis at Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-095), leader of the interagency Operational Science Advisory Team (OSAT-2) for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response, and Division Chief for Icebreakers and Buoy Tenders at the Office of Cutter Forces at Coast Guard Headquarters (CG-7513). He is slated for assignment in July 2019 as the Deputy Director of Interagency Coordination (J9D) at the North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, in Colorado Springs, CO.
Captain (select) Boda is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a degree in Marine and Environmental Sciences (with high honors). He holds masters degrees from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University in Physical Oceanography, and from the Naval War College in National Security and Strategic Studies (with distinction). Captain (select) Boda is a 2016 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Fellow.
Captain (select) Boda wears the permanent Cutterman pin and his awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal with operational distinguishing device (4 awards), the Antarctic Service Medal (5 awards), the Arctic Service Medal (4 awards). A native of Fairfield, Connecticut, he is married to the former Alison Baikal of Kensington, Connecticut, and they have a seven year old son, Patrick. The Bodas reside in Crofton, MD.
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