Cadillac, Michigan native retires after 31 years of service

Cmdr. Peter Schichtel served as the deputy executive officer at Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento until he retired on Friday, May 27, 2011, after 31 years of service to his country. Schichtel is a Cadillac, Mich. native. U.S. Coast Guard photo by retired Navy Master Chief Petty Officer R. Chris Christensen.

Cmdr. Peter Schichtel

SACRAMENTO – A Cadillac, Mich., native and 1979 graduate from Cadillac Senior High, retired from the Coast Guard on May 27, 2011, after 31 years of service.

Cmdr. Peter A. Schichtel enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1980 and began his career aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence in Key West, Fla. He graduated from Aviation Structural Mechanic School in 1983 and began a career in aviation as a flight mechanic on HH-3F and HH-65A helicopters.

He earned his commission through the Officer Candidate School in 1989 in New London, Conn., followed by flight school in Pensacola, Fla. He qualified as a fixed-wing aircraft commander on the HU-25 Guardian Falcon jet and the HC-130 Hercules aircraft. After gaining much flying experience, he progessed to becoming an instructor pilot and flight examiner for the HC-130 aircraft. During his career, he has flown more than 5,700 hours as a pilot and more than flown 6,800 hours in combined aircrew time.

During Schichtel’s long service, he lead numerous operations including search and rescue, migrant interdiction, drug and fisheries law enforcement missions throughout the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean and Pacific.

He married the former August L. Tamplin on August 12, 1984, in Kodiak, Alaska. They have four children: Christie, Jeremy, Thomas, and Christian. Schichtel and his wife will continue to reside in Newcastle, Calif., after his retirement.

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