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NASBLA recognizes Bradley Williams for his advancements to boating safety

By Taylor Matsko posted 02-15-2022 10:20 AM


NASBLA recognizes Bradley Williams for his advancements to boating safety

Bradley D. Williams

During the 2021 Boat Operations and Training (BOAT) Program National Instructor Development Workshop held in Lexington, Kentucky, December 8 – 9, the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) recognized Bradley D. Williams for his commitment to the advancement of recreational boating safety at the state, national and international level. In addition to this recognition from NASBLA, Williams was also presented with the Coast Guard Distinguished Public Service Award.

NASBLA first presented Bradley Williams with its Lifetime Achievement Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to those who have made significant contributions to boating safety over his or her lifetime. Williams has worked in maritime law enforcement and public safety since 1979 and has had the unique ability to educate both the recreational boater, as well as the officers that patrol the waterways, in boating safety over the course of his career.  Williams has been involved with all aspects of marine law enforcement including recreational boating safety patrols, search and rescue, boating incident investigation, narcotics interdiction, undercover narcotics operations, environmental enforcement, training and more.

Additionally, Bradley Williams has been a NASBLA BOAT Program Lead Instructor and the Tactical Course Program Manager since the commencement of the Program in 2009. He has been instrumental in the development of almost all current NASBLA curricula and has personally overseen the development of the Small Vessel Radiological and Nuclear Detection Course, and the Personal Watercraft for Law Enforcement Course. Over the course of the past thirteen years, Williams has taught over 65 NASBLA courses training more than 1,200 maritime law enforcement officers.

Bradley D. Williams - Distinguished Public Service Award

Immediately following this recognition, the Commandant of the United States Coast Guard presented Bradley Williams with the Distinguished Public Service Award for his extraordinary vision, cooperation, and direct contributions to the U.S. Coast Guard. In an effort to further enhance response to maritime incidents, Williams worked tirelessly alongside the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Boat Forces in an effort to produce the FEMA National Incident Management System (NIMS) position qualifications and typing definitions.

Furthermore, Williams has been an active participant in the delivery of the triennial course reviews which ensure that NASBLA courses align with U.S. Coast Guard recognized training. Williams’ dedication and devotion to the safety and security of the United States, and staunch support of the Coast Guard are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard.

The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators congratulates Bradley D. Williams on these achievements and thanks him for his continued dedication to the advancement of boating safety.

For more information about the NASBLA BOAT Program, visit the BOAT Program webpage.