Washington native retires after 29 years of Coast Guard service

Pacific Northwest Coast Guard News
SEATTLE — Coast Guard Capt. Michael Gardiner, a native of Ione, Wash., retired here after 29 years of  honorable service, Friday.

Gardiner was assigned as Chief, Thirteenth District Prevention Division, managing Coast Guard Prevention activities in the Pacific Northwest while building maritime relationships across four states and Canada.

Gardiner graduated from Eastern Washington University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government/Pre-Law, and attended Coast Guard Officer Candidate School in 1984. His first assignment was to the Ice Operations Division at Coast Guard Headquarters.

In 1986, 1998 and 2005, Gardiner was assigned to the Marine Safety Office in Portland, Memphis and Valdez, Alaska. There in Valdez, Alaska, Gardiner assumed the role of Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office Valdez, Captain of the Port, Federal Maritime Security Coordinator, Federal On-Scene Coordinator and Officer in Charge Marine Inspection.

In 2007, Gardiner was assigned as the Deputy Commander of Coast Guard Sector New York, the largest Coast Guard operational field command on the East Coast, responsible for all Coast Guard security, safety, and environmental protection missions in the nation’s third largest maritime port complex.

Gardiner’s personal awards include three Meritorious Service Medals, three Coast Guard Commendation Medals, the Transportation 9-11 Medal, two Coast Guard Achievement Medals, and the Commandant’s Letter of Commendation.

Following his retirement, Gardiner plans to spend time with his five grandchildren while planting in his garden in Deer Park, Wash.

Rear Admiral Keith A. Taylor, commander, Coast Guard District 13, congratulates Capt. Michael Gardiner, chief, 13th District Prevention Division, during his retirement ceremony in Seattle

Rear Admiral Keith A. Taylor, commander, Coast Guard District 13, congratulates Capt. Michael Gardiner, chief, 13th District Prevention Division, during his retirement ceremony in Seattle

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