Meet the Command Cadre
CDR Thomas Przbyla is the Executive Officer (XO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR, serving as the direct representative of the Commanding Officer. The XO is responsible for all administration, personnel, safety, and coordination aboard the cutter.
LCDR Nicholas Galati is the Engineer Officer (EO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Main Propulsion, Auxiliary, Electronics and Electrical, and Damage Control divisions.
LCDR Andrew Jantzen is the Operations Officer (OPS) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and oversees the Administration, Communications, Health Services, Marine Sciences, and Navigation divisions. OPS is responsible for mission execution including coordination of science mission support with the National Science Foundation.
BMC Jay Pioch (Acting) 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.
Support Services Officer
CWO2 Andrew Ha serves as the Support Services Officer (SUPPO) on board USCGC POLAR STAR and is responsible for the Supply and Food Service divisions.
Command Senior Chief
MKCM James Sanford is the Command Senior Chief on board USCGC POLAR STAR. He serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commanding Officer and provides advice on issues, policies, and initiatives pertaining to the crew and their families.