Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous to hold change of command ceremony in Cape May, NJ

5th Coast Guard District News
CAPE MAY, N.J. – The Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May here, Friday at 11 a.m.

Capt. Brendan C. McPherson will turn over command of the cutter to Cmdr. Gregory H. Magee.

Cmdr. Magee graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Ct., in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Government and holds a Masters in Public Administration from George Mason University and a Masters of Military Studies from the Marine Corps Command and Staff College. He is a former resident of Cape May Court House, attending Middle Township Middle School and a year at Middle Township High School.

Magee’s military awards include a Meritorious Service Medal, four Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal, a Coast Guard Achievement Medal and two Coast Guard Commandant’s Letters of Commendation.

A native of Bradley Beach, N.J., Capt. McPherson graduated with Honors from the Coast Guard Academy in 1989 with a Bachelor of Science in Management. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Relations from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication and a Masters Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from Naval War College.

McPherson’s military awards include three Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals, two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal, and two Coast Guard Achievement Medals.

Coast Guard Cutter Vigorous is a multi-mission cutter responsible for conducting search and rescue, living marine resource protection, law enforcement and homeland security missions throughout the eastern seaboard and Caribbean Sea. The 80-person crew of the Vigorous most recently returned from a five week patrol in the North Atlantic Ocean enforcing the nation’s fisheries laws and ensuring safety of life at sea for the commercial fishing industry. Vigorous and its crew will be entering the Coast Guard Yards for a three month dry dock period this summer in Baltimore.

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