NEW LONDON, Conn.—Cadet Matthew Orgill of Wall Township, N.J. has been named the Echo company commander for the spring semester at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Orgill, a first class cadet, or senior, is responsible for leading the more than 100 cadets in Echo company, one of eight companies at the Academy. The designation as company commander indicates a high degree of trust in Orgill’s leadership abilities.

“I couldn’t think of a more memorable way to end four years at the Academy,” said Orgill.  “Having the opportunity to lead my company during my last semester here is a dream come true;  it’s both humbling and exciting.  I’m going to learn everything I can from this position by practicing the leadership lessons I’ve learned as a cadet in this real world environment.  After graduation, when it comes time to implement these lessons in the fleet, I will be ready.”

Orgill is a member of the Coast Guard Academy sailing team and is the student chapter president of the Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.  Orgill is scheduled to graduate from the Academy this May with a bachelor’s of science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. 

Orgill is a 2012 graduate of the Marine Academy of Science and Technology in Sandy Hook, N.J.  Orgill is the son of Maureen and Jim Orgill.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, one of the nation’s five federal service academies, is located on the west bank of the Thames River.  Each year, the Coast Guard Academy graduates approximately 200 newly commissioned ensigns to lead the smallest of all the military services.

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy has been recognized as one of the top institutions of higher learning by U.S. News & World Report, The Princeton Review, Forbes Magazine, and The Chronicle of Higher Education.