Nautical Science IV Instructor
Professional Maritime Studies
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Lieutenant Katie Shveda, a native of West Virginia, graduated from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Operations Research.
Her first assignment was to USCGC Valiant (WMEC 621), Miami, Florida where she served as a Deck Watch Officer, Boarding Officer, Communications Officer, and First Lieutenant, aboard. On Valiant she patrolled the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean conducting counter-drug operations, alien migrant interdiction, and search and rescue, in one of the Coast Guard’s most dynamic regions.
In June 2013, she reported to USCGC Sitkinak (WPB 1329), Miami, Florida as Executive Officer. While serving on Sitkinak she completed an extensive change of home-port overseeing all preparations to move the ship to Bayonne, New Jersey in District 1.
In June 2014, she reported to USCGC Margaret Norvell (WPC 1105) as Executive Officer of a 154-foot fast response cutter home-ported in Miami Beach, Florida. During this tour, LT Shveda conducted counter-narcotic and migrant interdiction operations in the Windward Passage, Caribbean Sea, and Straits of Florida. Most notably, she led the first fast response cutter narcotics interdiction in Operation Unified Resolve, resulting in the interdiction of 32 bales of cocaine valuing over $24 million street value and the prosecution of two drug smugglers.
In August 2015, she reported to the Coast Guard Academy Professional Maritime Studies branch where she currently serves as a Nautical Science IV instructor.
Her awards include three Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, and various other unit awards.