Ohio-native retires after 24 years service in Coast Guard Reserve

ASHTABULA, Ohio - Rear Adm. Michael Parks, Ninth Coast Guard District commander, presents Master Chief Petty Officer Brian Wells with his certificate of retirement during Wells' retirement ceremony at American Legion Post 103 here April 15, 2011. Wells, a native of Conneaut, Ohio, plans to return to his medical practice as a chiropractic physician and respiratory therapist in Ashtabula. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC Kyle Niemi

ASHTABULA, Ohio - Rear Adm. Michael Parks, Ninth Coast Guard District commander, presents Master Chief Petty Officer Brian Wells with his certificate of retirement. U.S. Coast Guard photo by PAC Kyle Niemi

CLEVELAND – Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Brian Wells, a Conneaut, Ohio-native who resides in Ashtabula, Ohio, retired Friday at American Legion Post 103 in Ashtabula, following 24 years of service in the Coast Guard Reserve.

 

Although he was assigned to various Ninth Coast Guard District units throughout the Great Lakes region, he was deployed to locations across the country and around the world.

Wells began his service to the Coast Guard before he even graduated high school, as a volunteer with the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1967, when he served as a boat crewman at Station Ashtabula.

In 1987, Wells entered the Coast Guard Reserve as a boatswain’s mate and began to serve as a smallboat coxswain and boarding officer at units in: Eerie, Pa.; Ashtabula; Niagara, N.Y.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and Fairport, Ohio.

Due to his years of experience, the Coast Guard next employed him as an instructor and trainer at various smallboat handling and weapons training sites. His work outside the Ninth District included deployments in support of Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti in 1994-95 and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. His final tour of duty was in the Ninth District Response Division, Enforcement Branch, at the district headquarters in Cleveland.

Since joining the Coast Guard Reserve in 1987, Wells was recalled to active duty service seven times, the last stretch being nearly 10 years following the Sept. 11th attacks.

Following his retirement, Wells plans to return to medical practice as a chiropractic physician and respiratory therapist in his hometown of Ashtabula.

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