North Charleston, South Carolina 29405


Commanding Officer
ATTN: (SN Jane Smith)
FPO AE 09573-3907






Captain Justin M. CarterCAPT Justin Carter
Charleston, South Carolina


Captain Carter assumed command of USCGC HAMILTON (WMSL 753) in June 2023. He reported to the ship after serving as Chief of Resources on the staff of the Eighth Coast Guard District in New Orleans, Louisiana.

CAPT Carter has served in six ships during five assignments at sea. After initial assignment as a Deck Watch Officer in USCGC JARVIS (WHEC 725), CAPT Carter was Navigator in USS HOPPER (DDG 70) and deployed to the Arabian Gulf for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. He then commanded USCGC KEY LARGO (WPB 1324) & USCGC METOMPKIN (WPB 1325). During his assignment as Executive Officer, USCGC FORWARD (WMEC 911), the ship was the first U.S. surface asset on scene following the 2010 Haiti earthquake and later deployed to West Africa. His most recent assignment at sea was Commanding Officer, USCGC DILIGENCE (WMEC 616), during which the ship conducted counterdrug and migrant interdiction patrols in the Florida Straits, Caribbean Sea, and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

CAPT Carter served as a maritime threat analyst at the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center and the National Counterterrorism Center. He was the Coast Guard’s National Security Agency/Central Security Service Director’s Fellow from 2011-2012. He served as Executive Officer, Coast Guard Cryptologic Unit Texas in San Antonio, then later as Deputy Commander, Coast Guard Cryptologic Group, at Fort Meade, Maryland. A 1999 graduate of the U. S. Coast Guard Academy, CAPT Carter earned a Bachelor of Science in Government. He earned a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Joint Military Intelligence College (National Intelligence University), and a Master of Science in Joint Campaign Planning and Strategy from the Joint Forces Staff College-Joint Advanced Warfighting School.

CAPT Carter’s personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is a Cutterman and U.S. Navy Surface Warfare Officer with more than 10 years of service at sea.

CAPT Carter & his wife Jessie are both from Maryland; they have three daughters, Clair, Annie, & Joey.



Commander Andrew D. PritchettCommander Andrew D. Pritchett
Charleston, South Carolina


Commander Pritchett assumed the duties of Executive Officer, USCGC HAMILTON (WMSL 753) in May 2023. Most recently, he was the Asset Management Section Chief at the Coast Guard’s Surface Forces Logistics Center’s Icebreaker, Buoy, and Construction Tender Product Line in Baltimore, MD. In this capacity, he oversaw casualty support and engineering administration for the 115 diverse waterways management cutters and barges, homeported across all Coast Guard Districts and in 33 states and Guam.

Commander Pritchett has over seven years of sea time and served aboard three cutters. He has twice been an afloat Engineer Officer, having served aboard USCGC HAMILTON (WMSL 753) in North Charleston, SC and USCGC DECISIVE (WMEC 629) in Pascagoula, MS, and as Student Engineer aboard USCGC ALERT (WMEC 630) in Astoria, OR. Commander Pritchett’s other assignments include WMSL Pre-commissioning Detachment "C" and Project Resident Office, and as Engineer Officer at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England.

Commander Pritchett is a native of Moultrie, Georgia and a 2006 graduate of the US Coast Guard Academy where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He earned a Master of Science in Systems Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. He holds Department of Homeland Security professional certifications in Acquisition Program Management, Systems Engineering, and Life Cycle Logistics.

Commander Pritchett is a permanent Cutterman and earned the Boat Forces Operations insignia. His personal awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, four Coast Guard Achievement Medals, three Letters of Commendation, along with numerous unit and team awards.

Commander Pritchett met his wife, Danielle, while stationed on Cape Cod, Massachusetts; they proudly have four children: Brooke, Lena, Jackson, and William.



Master Chief Petty Officer Magdiel E. Torres
Charleston, South Carolina


Command Master Chief Magdiel E. Torres assumed the duties as the Command Master Chief for CGC HAMILTON in July 2023 where he serves as the Command Senior Enlisted Leader. His primary responsibility is to assist and advise the Commanding Officer on issues and initiatives pertaining to the crew and their families.

Born and raised in Hatillo, PR, Master Chief Torres enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1995. His first tour of duty was at Station Destin, FL., where he defined his passion for Search and Rescue missions. Master Chief Torres attended Machinery Technician “A” School (Class 019‐97) and consequently served aboard the CGC SENECA. Previous assignments include CGC MATINICUS, NESU MAT San Juan, CGC DRUMMOND, Engineer Petty Officer of ANT Key West, Engineer Petty Officer of CGC SAWFISH, Ready for Operations team at Sector Key West, Engineer Petty Officer of CGC ADAK at Patrol Forces Southwest Asia in Bahrain, CGC MOHAWK, Engineer Petty Officer of CGC ISAAC MAYO, and most recently as the Engineering Division Chief at Sector New Orleans.

Master Chief Torres is a graduate of the Chief Petty Officer’s Academy ‐ Class 173 and the Senior Enlisted Leadership Course – Class 96. In addition, Master Chief Torres has a Technical Degree in Air Conditioning and Refrigeration with Electricity and Programable Logic Control certifications.

Master Chief Torres’ awards include three Coast Guard Commendation Medals with operational distinguishing device, five Coast Guard Achievement Medals with operational distinguishing device, three Coast Guard Letter of Commendation ribbons with operational distinguishing device, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, and the Coast Guard Overseas Service Ribbon among other personal and service awards. He has earned the permanent Cutterman insignia and the Boat Forces Operations insignia.