Chief Rivers Retires After 22 Years of Service

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – Coast Guard Damage Control Chief Archie Rivers, after 22 years of active service, retired from the U.S. Coast Guard on May 20, 2008 in a special ceremony held at the Air Station’s hangar.

Chief Rivers, a native of Winter Harbor, Maine, began his Coast Guard career in 1986 following enlistment and Coast Guard Recruit Basic Training. His first assignment was aboard the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter (USCGC) SANIBEL, the Coast Guard First District’s inaugural 110-foot patrol boat, from 1986 through 1987. While aboard the SANIBEL, he assisted the Sailing Vessel Commotion, which snapped her mast enroute to compete in the prestigious America’s Cup sailing race.

From 1989 to 1992, Chief Rivers served aboard the USCGC TAMAROA. While on the TAMAROA, he assisted in the rescue of nine people from the Fishing Vessel Aristocrat and saved six crewmen aboard the Fishing Vessel Prowler by extinguishing a fire in its engine room. He also assisted in several rescues during the northern Atlantic Ocean’s infamous “Perfect Storm” of October 1991.

Chief Rivers then served at Coast Guard Base Ketchikan, Alaska; Station New London, Conn.; Group Southwest Harbor, Maine; Air Station Humbolt Bay, Calif., and the USCGC RELIANCE from 1993 to 2006.

Chief Rivers served his last two years as the Facilities Engineer at Air Station Traverse City.

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