PHOTOs: Michigan-native Coast Guardsman retires; 22 years of service

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June 14, 2017
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PHOTOs: Michigan-native Coast Guardsman retires; 22 years of service

BMC Tribfelner and family

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CHARLEVOIX, Michigan, — A Michigan-native and 1995 graduate of Ovid-Else C. High School in Ovid, Michigan, retired Friday from the U.S. Coast Guard following 22 years of active-duty military service.

Chief Petty Officer John L. Tribfelner is retiring after having served the last four years as officer-in-charge of Coast Guard Station Charlevoix, Michigan, which has an area of responsibility from Cross Village, Michigan to Leelanau, Michigan.

Tribfelner and his family plan to stay in Michigan.

He began his career after completing Coast Guard Basic Training at Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, New Jersey, in 1995, after which he reported to Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Team Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Tribfelner has spent most of his Coast Guard career serving the people of the Great Lakes. He was stationed at Coast Guard Station Manistee, Michigan twice, Coast Guard station St. Ignace, Michigan and aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Woodrush.

Tribfelner is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Senior Enlisted Academy and Maritime Law Enforcement Boarding Officer School. His awards include two Coast Guard Commendation Medals, three Coast Guard Achievement Medals, seven Good Conduct Awards and numerous operational unit awards.