Member Spotlight

Rajiv Bhardwaj

Rajiv Bhardwaj has been in the USCG Auxiliary for two years. He transferred to Flotilla 12-01 at the end of 2017. His motivation for joining the Auxiliary is to be an integral part of the community where he lives and serve the country by focusing on public safety.

Serving is a big part of the fabric of who Rajiv is—Rajiv is a Veteran, having served in U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army Reserves. Of his many skills, Rajiv is well equipped to serve in public affairs, diversity, training, and as an instructor.

Rajiv's technical skills include public safety, psychology, and counseling, as well as speaking several languages—Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, Kannada, Haryanvi, Rajasthani, Gujarati, Ukrainian, and Russian, to name a few. Rajiv is currently the FSO-NA for 12-01.

He has a big heart and always ready to help in any way that he can, including supporting the FC and VFC whenever called upon. Rajiv has a Masters of Business Administration from Augusta Stye University and a B.S. in Counseling from Liberty University. He ran his own hospitality business working with Comfort Inn, Choice, and ABVI from Vantage hospitality.

Rajiv is a husband and a father. His spouse, Tetiana Bhardwaj, is an active member of the U.S. Coast Guard. Rajiv has two children—his daughter Angel Bhardwaj is in her first year of college UGA, Athens, GA. His son Kevin Bhardwaj, is in the 3rd grade and goes to school at Ruby Bridges.

Rajiv's personal interests are as varied as his impressive background—painting with water and oil, horseback riding, and traveling the world—India, Poland, Dubai, Poland, Canada, Mexico, France, United Kingdom, India, Nepal, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Italy, Ukbekistan, Germany— and spending time by the ocean—he has a great tan, doesn't he. ;>)

When asked what advice he would give to others who are interested in the Auxiliary, he was quick to answer—a community with like-minded professionals and volunteers who have diverse backgrounds, knowledge, skills, and experiences.

Please join me in welcoming Rajiv to Flotilla 12-01.