Coast Guard Captain retires after 38 years of service

ALAMEDA, Calif. – Captain John S. Leyerle, deputy chief of staff and senior reserve officer of the U.S. Coast Guard Pacific Area and Culver, Calif. native, will retire from the Coast Guard on Sept. 11, after serving 38 years of service on Coast Guard Island in Alameda, Calif.

In his senior leadership, policy and mentoring roles, Leyerle served as the Eleventh Coast Guard District deputy chief of staff and senior reserve officer, and for the last two years as the Coast Guard Pacific Area deputy chief of staff and senior reserve officer.

Leyerle holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from the University of California, Irvine. His awards include the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal, Coast Guard Commendation Medal, Navy Meritorious Service medal, Coast Guard Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

Leyerle his wife, two children, and two grandchildren will be enjoying the next chapter of their life in Los Angeles where he plans on continuing his civil career as assistant deputy airport director, facilities at John Wayne International Airport.

A Coast Guard retirement ceremony is a time honored tradition honoring and recognizing the efforts and accomplishments of a service member’s career as they transition from military to civilian life.

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