When Lt. Brad Brezinski realized he was going to become a father before he graduated high school, serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy was not exactly on his radar screen.
In the early 1990s, he was an honors student, an athlete and an active volunteer at Williamsburg High School, located outside of Cincinnati, Ohio. By the time Brezinski graduated in 1995, his perspective on life was completely transformed.
Brezinski's transformation ultimately led him to the U.S. Navy, and today he is a radiation health officer stationed at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut, where he is responsible for the Navy's radiation protection program, which encompasses more than 500 occupational radiation workers and three squadrons of 17 nuclear powered submarines.
“I realized that you can't change the way your story begins, but you have the ability to change how it ends,” said Brezinski.
Thomas Edison State University played a key role in how Brezinski's story would change.
He completed his Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology in 2004.
“For any active duty service member, it is almost impossible to sit in a classroom,” he said. “Thomas Edison State University makes it possible to manage a military career and global deployments. You do not have to put your life on hold to finish your degree.”
Brezinski said Thomas Edison State University has been invaluable to his career, preparing him for graduate school, his future and helping him set an example for his children about the importance of education and reaching their potential.
Shortly after completing his degree, he was selected to the Navy's senior enlisted ranks as a chief petty officer in 2005. In 2006, he made the decision to apply to the Navy's radiation health officer program. He received his commission in 2007.
Interestingly, approximately 18 of the Navy's 77 radiation health officers are graduates of Thomas Edison State University's Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and Technology degree in Nuclear Engineering Technology.