Captain Stephen H. Torpey is currently assigned as the Commanding Officer of Air Station Cape Cod. He supervises 400 active duty and civilian personnel and the operation of three HC-144 turboprop aircraft and four MH-60 helicopters. He manages airfield operations on the Massachusetts Joint Base Cape Cod including the control tower, airfield lighting, navigation equipment and runway maintenance. Air Station Cape Cod is also the second largest support base in the Coast Guard that offers housing, roads and grounds, medical, galley, administrative, environmental, recycling, security and contracting services.
He was previously assigned as the Chief of Response for the Ninth Coast Guard District in Cleveland, OH. He managed search and rescue, law enforcement, pollution response, operational communications, and intelligence programs within the Great Lakes region. He also served as the Executive Officer and Operations Officer at Air Station Cape Cod and the Aviation Program Manager at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington D.C.
He has flown H-3 and H-60 helicopters, had operational tours at air stations in Clearwater, Sitka, and San Francisco and was a Standardization Instructor Pilot at Aviation Training Center Mobile, AL. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a rescue in Alaska that won the 1999 Aircrew of the Year award from the Association of Naval Aviation and the Naval Helicopter Association.
He is married to the former Kari L. MacLean of Cedarville, MI and has two children, Connor (15) and Jordan (13). Captain Torpey has a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Captain Ehlers is assigned as the Executive Officer of Air Station Cape Cod, responsible for the supervision of 194 active duty and civilian personnel, and the operational employment of three HC-144A turboprop fixed wing aircraft and four MH-60T helicopters.
Prior to the establishment of Base Cape Cod on 12 August 2014, he concurrently served as the Executive Officer of the Coast Guard’s second largest support base, which provided DCMS support services to over 28 Coast Guard and DoD commands throughout Southeastern New England. This included; Airfield Operations, Housing, Child Development Center, Facilities Engineering, MWR, Medical, Galley, Servicing Personnel Office, Environmental, Recycling, Security and Contracting services.
Prior to his assignment to Air Station Cape Cod, Captain Ehlers served as the Chief of Systems in the Office of Aeronautical Engineering (CG-41) at Coast Guard Headquarters. He has also served as the Aviation Engineering Officer at Air Station Savannah and operationally at Air Station’s New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Captain Ehlers’ military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and numerous unit and team commendations. A designated aviator in both the HC-144A and HH-65D aircraft, he has accumulated over 3,500 flight hours and holds a FAA Commercial Pilot’s License in both fixed wing and rotary wing aircraft.
Captain Ehlers is married to the former Jodi M. Munro of Sebring, FL. He is blessed with two children, Brooke (14) and his adopted daughter Tatyanna (12). He is a 1993 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Computer Science. Additionally, he received a Master’s Degree in Quality Systems Management and has earned his DHS Acquisition Project Management Level I & II Certifications.