Coast Guardsman retires after 42 years of service

Coast Guard District 8 NewsNEW ORLEANS — A New Orleans native retired from the U.S. Coast Guard following 42 years of service during an official ceremony at the National World War II Museum, Friday.

Master Chief Petty Officer Wayne P. Cogan enlisted in the Coast Guard on Aug. 15, 1969. He has served in New Orleans for all 42 years of his Coast Guard career.

Cogan has served as a coxswain engineer, marine environmental protection coordinator and range coordinator. Most recently he was the Coast Guard Force Readiness Command armory special projects manager.

“It was rewarding to help Coast Guardsman fulfill their missions,” said Cogan.

Cogan’s units received a Presidential Unit Citation for their service during Hurricane Katrina and the outstanding Department of Transportation Unit Award.

“I will miss serving in the Coast Guard and being part of a team,” said Cogan.

Cogan is considering joining the Coast Guard Auxiliary and plans to retire in New Orleans.

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