Captain Brudnicki retired from the Coast Guard in 2002 after 30 years of active duty. During his last assignment as Chief of Operations, 11th Coast Guard District, he supervised more than 15,000 Search & Rescues, saving more than 1,600 lives and property valued at $135 million. He also supervised the search for Alaska Air Flight #261 tragedy. He had tactical control of ships and aircraft that seized more than 150 tons of cocaine and interdicted 2,800 illegal migrants from the People’s Republic of China, Ecuador and Mexico.
Captain Brudnicki graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering. He attended Wesleyan University where he earned a Master’s Degree in Physical Science. He returned to U.S. Coast Guard Academy as a Physics Instructor. While at the Academy he also served as a Gymnastics Coach, Yacht Squadron Coach and a member of the Faculty Senate. Additionally, he earned a Master’s Degree in Physics from the University of Connecticut.
Captain Brudnicki served as the Engineer Officer of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee for the Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan - planning, coordinating, and executing all inaugural activities that required engineering support.
Another tour of duty took him to the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau, Alaska where he served as the Chief of the Aids to Navigation and Waterways Management Branch. It was during this assignment, the T/V ExxonValdez disaster happened - at the time, the worst oil spill in our nation’s history. His proactive approach to discrepancy response and Waterway Analysis Management Studies saved the federal government from the $5 Billion liability for the cost of the clean-up operation.
Captain Brudnicki was the Commanding Officer of the USCGC Tamaroa (WMEC-166), during 1991's “The Perfect Storm”. In 1993, he moved to San Diego, CA where he served as Commander, Coast Guard America’s Cup Patrol. Captain Brudnicki coordinated the efforts of 80 federal, state and local government agencies during the 1995 America’s Cup in San Diego. He also directed all Coast Guard operations to provide for the safety of life, property and the environment.
Captain Brudnicki holds a Merchant Marine Master’s License, and is a member of the National Speakers Association. He was inducted into the Coast Guard Hall of Heroes in 2009. His awards include the Legion of Merit, the Coast Guard Medal for Heroism, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (four awards), the Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
- The Perfect Storm: Courage Under Pressure
- Leadership Secrets From The Perfect Storm: 7 Steps To Making The Right Decision Every Time
- Setting And Achieving Goals As A Team: 10 Steps To Implement And 10 Pitfalls To Avoid
- Managing Risk In Turbulent Times
- Application Session: Managing Risk In Turbulent Times (recommended: 4 hours)
Risk, Leadership, Self-image/esteem, Team Building, Celebrity, Military, Success
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