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.
The Air Station Cape Cod’s Ombudsman is a volunteer (who may be a Spouse, Reservist, or Auxilliarist) that is designated by a command to serve as a link between the command and families, assisting the command in its functions of providing information and related services to families regarding sources of assistance available to them, Coast Guard and command policies, and activities of interest to family members. CAPT Torpey stresses that "A successful military career is the ultimate "Team Sport." All family members are affected by the military member's decision to serve our country. The Ombudsman serves a vital link for the commanding officer, ensuring the command meets the needs of the vital, military family."
The Air Station Cape Cod Ombudsman is Nicole Schmalz and she may be reached at 508-274-9978 or email firstname.lastname@example.org