2 New Jersey Coast Guard members retire after 62 years of service

CAPE MAY, NJ – Two New Jersey Coast Guard members will retire Sept. 20, 2008 at 11 a.m., at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., after serving 62-years of combined military service.

Chief Warrant Officer James M. Paton, a resident of Pine Beach, N.J., and friend Chief Warrant Officer Herman P. Kaiser, a resident of Mullica Township, N.J., both enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1977.

Paton was stationed aboard the Coast Guard Cutters Cuyahoga, Reliance, and Cape Fox. In addition, he spent several years at Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, Coast Guard Group Cape May, Coast Guard Sector Field Office Atlantic City, and Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. During his career, Paton, held various qualifications, titles, and received several personal awards and numerous commendations for his achievements. Paton advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1991 and in 1996 received his Presidential Commission to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer.

Kaiser is a Sergeant First Class with the New Jersey State Police and is assigned to the Attorney General’s office. He served aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas and was assigned to Coast Guard Station Barnegat Light, Coast Guard Reserve Unit Long Beach Island and Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay. Kaiser advanced to Chief Petty Officer in 1994 and earned his commission in 1996. His personal awards include an achievement medal, two letter’s of commendation and most notably he was awarded the Boat Forces Operations Gold and Pewter Tone Insignia for a heightened level of qualification, knowledge and experience.

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