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.