Edward "Mackie" MacDougan is the commander of the EAS Vesta.
During the Battle of Proxima 3, 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.
As a result, Captain Trevor Hall promoted Commander William 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.