Machinist’s Mate Third Class Austin R. Coleman, son of Brenda and Randy Coleman of Loxahatchee, has completed the final phase of the U.S. Navy’s nuclear propulsion pipeline at the Nuclear Power Training Unit (NPTU) in Goose Creek, S.C.
Due to its fast pace and in-depth curriculum, it is regarded as one of the most difficult academic programs in the world, rivaling nuclear programs at such universities as Harvard and MIT. Coleman graduated fourth in his class.
Coleman now travels to Rhode Island, where he will attend the Naval Science Institute (NSI) for the STA-21 program. This program is a unique and demanding program that transitions enlisted personnel to officers.
Coleman is a 2011 graduate of Seminole Ridge High School.
ABOVE: Capt. Robert E. Hudson (right) presents MM3 Austin R. Coleman with his certificate of completion.