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In the [[2240]]s, MacDougan served as an instructor at [[Earthforce Academy]]. As part of their training, MacDougan would pose moral conflicts for his students (among them a cadet by the name of [[John Sheridan]].) He told them that soldiers aren't machines and must think for themselves to decide if an order is moral or not.<ref name=NSNR>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> MacDougan would also go on to teach one Cadet [[Leo Frank]].<ref name=tFotE>[[The Face of the Enemy]]</ref>
 
In the [[2240]]s, MacDougan served as an instructor at [[Earthforce Academy]]. As part of their training, MacDougan would pose moral conflicts for his students (among them a cadet by the name of [[John Sheridan]].) He told them that soldiers aren't machines and must think for themselves to decide if an order is moral or not.<ref name=NSNR>[[No Surrender, No Retreat]]</ref> MacDougan would also go on to teach one Cadet [[Leo Frank]].<ref name=tFotE>[[The Face of the Enemy]]</ref>
   
In [[2261]] he and his ship were assigned to the illegal [[Blockade of Proxima III|blockade]] of [[Proxima III]] ordered by President [[Morgan Clark]]. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there. During the [[Battle of Proxima III]], Captain MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with Captain [[John Sheridan]]. Following this conversation, MacDougan refused to engage the [[Whitestar]] fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.
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In [[2261]] he and his ship were assigned to the illegal [[Blockade of Proxima III|blockade]] of [[Proxima III]] ordered by President [[Morgan Clark]]. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there. During the [[Battle of Proxima III]], Captain MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with Captain [[John Sheridan]]. Following this conversation wherein John had reminded his former teacher and old friend of the moral lessons that he had taught him during his days as cadet, MacDougan refused to engage the [[Whitestar]] fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.
   
 
As a result, Captain [[Trevor Hall]] promoted [[Commander]] [[Robert Philby]] and ordered him to take command of the ''Vesta''. He preceded to bring the ''Vesta'' into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the Vesta "postponed" Philby's promotion, and returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the ''Vesta'' to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the Whitestar fleet. Later he would join up with Sheridan's forces and participate in the latter battles of the war.<ref name=NSNR/>
 
As a result, Captain [[Trevor Hall]] promoted [[Commander]] [[Robert Philby]] and ordered him to take command of the ''Vesta''. He preceded to bring the ''Vesta'' into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the Vesta "postponed" Philby's promotion, and returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the ''Vesta'' to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the Whitestar fleet. Later he would join up with Sheridan's forces and participate in the latter battles of the war.<ref name=NSNR/>

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Captain Edward "Mackie" MacDougan was the commander of the EAS Vesta.

History

In the 2240s, MacDougan served as an instructor at Earthforce Academy. As part of their training, MacDougan would pose moral conflicts for his students (among them a cadet by the name of John Sheridan.) He told them that soldiers aren't machines and must think for themselves to decide if an order is moral or not.[1] MacDougan would also go on to teach one Cadet Leo Frank.[2]

In 2261 he and his ship were assigned to the illegal blockade of Proxima III ordered by President Morgan Clark. He went to great lengths to avoid attacking civilian targets while stationed there. During the Battle of Proxima III, Captain MacDougan broke radio silence and opened communications with Captain John Sheridan. Following this conversation wherein John had reminded his former teacher and old friend of the moral lessons that he had taught him during his days as cadet, MacDougan refused to engage the Whitestar fleet, feeling that it would be an action in support of illegal orders.

As a result, Captain Trevor Hall promoted Commander Robert Philby and ordered him to take command of the Vesta. He preceded to bring the Vesta into the fight, but only for a short time. The crew of the Vesta "postponed" Philby's promotion, and returned command to MacDougan. He ordered the Vesta to stand down, and declared his ship non-hostile to the Whitestar fleet. Later he would join up with Sheridan's forces and participate in the latter battles of the war.[1]

After his defection, Clark loyalists in Earthforce briefed all starship Captains that MacDougan and his crew had been executed and that a Minbari crew had been put in charge of the Vesta. His voice was enough to convince Captain Leo Frank of the EAS Cadmus to stand down.[2]

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