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Captain Burdian assumed command in May 2019 and directs all Coast Guard missions along 182 miles of Florida coastline, including Port Miami, the Miami River, Port Everglades, and the Port of Palm Beach. She serves as Captain of the Port, Officer in Charge of Marine Inspection, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator, and Federal on Scene Coordinator for the over 250,000 square miles that constitute the Sector Miami area of responsibility.
Captain Burdian has over 20 years of experience in a broad array of operational and staff assignments. She is a Coast Guard Permanent Cutterman whose previous operational assignments include Chief of Response at Sector Puget Sound, Commanding Officer of USCGC KEY BISCAYNE in St. Petersburg, Florida, and Executive Officer, USCGC ATTU in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Captain Burdian previously served as Coast Guard Liaison to the U.S. House of Representatives, where she managed all Service engagements with Members of Congress, advised senior Coast Guard leaders on all matters related to the House of Representatives, and advocated for multi-billion dollar acquisition programs and advancing authorizing legislation.
Prior to this, Captain Burdian took advantage of the Coast Guard’s temporary separation program to care for her sons and drilled as a member of the Selected Reserve at Sector St. Petersburg, FL. Upon her return to Active Duty, Captain Burdian served as Command Center Chief at Sector Miami, Florida.
Captain Burdian’s additional assignments include as Senior Duty Officer in the White House Situation Room, and Assistant Liaison to the U. S. House of Representatives in Washington, DC. She began her career as First Lieutenant, USCGC COURAGEOUS, in Panama City, Florida.
Captain Burdian grew up in Queens, New York and Sunrise, FL. She graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Government. She also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Florida State University. Her military awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, and Coast Guard Achievement Medal.
Captain Burdian is married to Captain Stephen Burdian of Briarcliff, New York. They have three handsome sons – Jack (12), Sean (12), and James (11).