The trooper recruits of the 59th Basic Recruit Class of the Nebraska State Patrol received their badges and were sworn-in as Nebraska State Troopers during a ceremony Friday morning at the Nebraska State Capitol.
“Today is a great day having these new troopers come on board to help serve the citizens of Nebraska,” said Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. “But this is just the beginning. We’re expecting these troopers to hit the ground running.”
Remarks were provided by Governor Pete Ricketts, Secretary of State John Gale, and Colonel John Bolduc, Superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. Secretary Gale administered the Oath of Office. With Gale’s upcoming retirement as Secretary of State, Colonel Bolduc took the opportunity to honor Gale for his years of service to Nebraska. Throughout his career, Secretary Gale has sworn-in more than 300 Nebraska State Troopers.
The 14 member class of Camp 59 completed 22 weeks of training at the Nebraska State Patrol Training Academy in Grand Island. The extensive training included hands-on experience as well as more than 1,000 hours of academic instruction. The recruits took dozens of exams, both written and practical throughout the training camp. All 14 new troopers will begin their career in the NSP Patrol Division and will be stationed from border to border throughout Nebraska.
Recruit Benjamin Nguyen received the Superintendent’s Leadership Award as well as the O.H. Witt Academic Award. Recruit Jonathan Schwarz was presented the D. R. Shearer Marksmanship Award. Recruit Lucas Gleisberg earned the R. J. Buchholz Physical Fitness Award. Recruit Tyler Mann was awarded the Captain Mark Williams Core Values Award.
The newly-badged troopers will now undergo six months of on-the-job instruction with veteran troopers in the field. The members of the 59th Recruit Class are listed below, along with their hometowns and new duty assignments.
Among the 14 recruits is Kaden Brandt of Cozad, who will be joining Troop D at the Lexington station of the NSP. Other recruits and their home towns are: Isaac Ascherl, Tryon; Andrew Bestenlehner, Omaha; Alex Coffman, Dunning; T’Ronne Estwick, Omaha; Lucas Gleisberg, Curtis; Tyler Mann, Ravenna; Benjamin Nguyen, Omaha; Justin Parsons, Fargo, N.D.; Justin Podan, O’Neill; Ethan Schroeder, Holdrege; Jonathan Schwarz, Elmwood, Chase Sund, Hickman and Brandon Sutton Silver Creek.