Ohio-native Coast Guardsman retires after 22 years of military service

d9CLEVELAND — An Ohio-native retired Friday at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland after serving 22 years in the Coast Guard.

Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey M. Schmitt, originally from Loveland, Ohio, served his last tour of duty as a command center chief at the Coast Guard 9th District Command Center in Cleveland.

Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Schmitt, a command center chief for the Coast Guard 9th District in Cleveland, recieves a retirement pin from Capt. Nicholas Bartolotta, the chief of response for the Coast Guard 9th District, during his retirement ceremony held at the Anthony J. Celebrezze Federal Building in Cleveland on Oct. 11, 2013.  Schmitt retired after serving in the Coast Guard for 22 years.

Chief Petty Officer Jeffrey Schmitt receives a retirement pin from Capt. Nicholas Bartolotta during his retirement ceremony on Oct. 11, 2013.

Schmitt is a 1989 graduate of Loveland High School. He enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1991 and attended basic training at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J.

In 1993, Schmitt entered the radioman rating after completing radioman A-school at Coast Guard Training Center Petaluma, Calif.

He became a telecommunications specialist in 1995 when the radioman rating was renamed.

Schmitt retired as an operations specialist after the TC rating dissolved in 2003.

Schmitt plans to continue working in the Akron, Ohio, area. His wife is Amy, and they have two sons, Adam and Alex, and a daughter Ashlyn.

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