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Commander Neal

CDR Prince Neal
Commanding Officer

Commander Prince Neal is a 1995 graduate from the United States Coast Guard Academy. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Management and Economics, he was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter HAMILTON, in Long Beach, CA from 1995-1997 as a Engineering Officer in Training (EOIT).

After earning his “Wings of Gold”, his first aviation assignment was to Coast Guard Air Station Miami, FL where he earned the designation of HU-25A/C/C+ Aircraft Commander. His next assignment was to Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, MA where he earned the designation of HU-25C/D Instructor Pilot and Flight Examiner from 2002-2005. Commander Neal was then assigned to the Coast Guard Personnel Command (Officer Personnel Management) as an Aviation Assignments Officer, managing the assignment process for the aviation fleet. In 2007, Commander Neal was assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Washington, DC as Operations Officer, where he was responsible for the transportation of senior Department of Homeland Security and Coast Guard officials around the globe. While assigned to Air Station Washington, he earned the designations of C-37A Instructor Pilot and C-143A Aircraft Commander. In 2010, Commander Neal was selected to serve in the White House as the Military Aide to Vice President Biden. His most recent tour was as the Operations Officer of Air Station Barbers Point, HI where he held the designation of HC-130H Aircraft Commander.

Commander Neal is the recipient of the Department of Defense Superior Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals and two Coast Guard Letter of Commendations. Commander Neal's educational endeavors include the JPME Phase I completion through the Air Force Air Command and Staff College in 2006. He is also a Graduate of the Asia-Pacific Center for Strategic Studies Orientation Course in 2014. Commander Neal earned his Masters Degree from the Naval War College.

CDR John McCarthyCommander McCarthy
Executive Officer

Commander John F. McCarthy was raised in Palm Harbor, Florida. He reported to the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1993, where he received a B.S. in mechanical engineering. After graduation from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 1997, he served as Assistant Engineering Officer on the Coast Guard Cutter FORWARD homeported in Portsmouth, Virginia. He was selected for flight training and earned his wings at Corpus Christi, Texas in October 2000. His first aviation tour was at Coast Guard Air Station Miami, flying search and rescue and law enforcement missions in the HU-25A/C/D Falcon and VC-4A throughout the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. While assigned to Air Station Miami, he earned his MBA from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. From 2004 thru 2009 he was assigned to Air Station Washington, where he served as a C-37A Instructor Pilot/Flight Examiner and C-143A Aircraft Commander, flying the Commandant of the Coast Guard and Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Following this assignment he attended postgraduate school at George Washington University, where he received his MPA in 2011. From 2010 to 2012 he was assigned as the Coast Guard Military Aide to the President for President Barack Obama. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a program reviewer in the Office of Budget and Programs at Coast Guard Headquarters. Currently, he is the Executive Officer at Coast Guard Air Station Washington.

His military decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal and Coast Guard Achievement Medal.

Commander McCarthy is married to the former Chanda Lee Hjelmgren of Dallas, Texas. They have three children, Owen, Brady, and Audrey.

AETCS Bryan Henne
Leading Chief Petty Officer

Senior Chief Henne joined the U. S. Coast Guard in 1987. Assignments include:

CG Station Gulfport, MS
Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City, NC - “AE” A School
CG Air Station Borinquen – HH65A Flight Mechanic
CG Air Station Savannah - HH65A Flight Mechanic
Aviation Logistics Center Elizabeth City, NC - HU25 PDM
Aviation Technical Training Center Elizabeth City, NC - HU25 “C” School Instructor
Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL – HU25

Senior Chief Henne joined the Air Station Washington team in November 2014 and is presently assigned as the Leading Chief Petty Officer.

Last Modified 1/13/2016