US President Joe Biden congratulated Georgian cadets on successfully graduating from the US Coast Guard Academy (USCGA).
The graduation ceremony was held in New London city. The Georgian graduates Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze received diplomas.
Tvildiani and Stazhadze were sent to study at USCGA with the support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia.
The Head of MIA Border Police, Col Nikoloz Sharadze and the Director of the Coast Guard Department, CAPT Ramaz Papidze were invited by the American side to attend the graduation ceremony in New London, Connecticut. Joe Biden, along with Nikoloz Sharadze and Ramaz Papidze presented diplomas to the Georgian graduates of the American Academy.
Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze are the first cadets sent to the USCGA with the support of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia. Upon successful completion of the undergraduate program, they will serve in the Georgian Coast Guard.
This year, 240 cadets graduated from the USCGA. Among seven foreign graduates were two Georgian cadets. The USCGA is one of the top ten military academies in the United States. In 2017, for the first time, the MIA was involved in the USCGA candidate selection process. Four years ago, only Nikoloz Tvildiani and Sandro Stazhadze managed to pass the competition and obtained the right to study at USCGA.
“There’s no better personification of the strength of US-Georgian security and defense ties than the graduation of Sandro Stajadze and Nikoloz Tvlidiani from the US Coast Guard Academy. We wish them the best of luck in their careers in the Georgian Coast Guard where they will bolster Georgia’s capacity for maritime domain awareness, its resistance and resilience capacities, and contribute to a more secure and prosperous Black Sea region. Congratulations!!!,” stated the US Embassy to Georgia.