Captain Brendan C. McPherson
Captain McPherson has twenty-five years of service including more than ten years cumulative sea time, including Commanding Officer of USCGC VIGOROUS (WMEC 624) and USCGC BARANOF (WPB 1316); Executive Officer of USCGC BEAR (WMEC 901) and USCGC NANTUCKET (WPB 1318); and Deck Watch Officer aboard USCGC DAUNTLESS (USCGC WMEC 627). Staff assignments included Press Assistant to the Commandant of the Coast Guard at Headquarters in Washington, D.C., Chief of Strategic Communications in the Office of Governmental and Public Affairs, Public Affairs Officer for the Atlantic Area/Fifth District in Portsmouth, Virginia, and an assignment to the Seventh District Tactical Law Enforcement Team (D7 TACLET) in Miami, Florida. Captain McPherson most recently served as the Chief of the Response Division and Chief of Enforcement for the Coast Guard Seventh District.
In addition to his regular duties, Captain McPherson was assigned to several joint and interagency unified commands in response to national contingency operations. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, he was responsible for leading public affairs efforts for all Coast Guard forces within the Atlantic Area and U.S. Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. In 2002, Captain McPherson deployed to Joint Task Force Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (JTF GTMO) Joint Information Center in support of Global War on Terror (GWOT) detention operations there. Captain McPherson also served as Press Secretary to the Principal Federal Official for disaster response and recovery operations in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005.
A native of Bradley Beach, New Jersey, Captain McPherson graduated with Honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management. Captain McPherson earned a Masters Degree in Public Relations from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and holds a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island. His military decorations include six Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, one Navy Commendation Medal, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.
Captain McPherson is married to the former Barbara Mary Aldino, and they have four children: Brendan, Erin, Mary and Meghan.