MAYPORT, Fla. -- A Jacksonville Coast Guardsman ended a historic 30-year Coast Guard career Friday at Naval Station Mayport.
Michael James Jones, 47, enlisted in the Coast Guard in May 1983 and worked his way up the ranks as a machinery technician until he became a master chief petty officer, the highest enlisted rank.
Jones was part of the Coast Guard's initial response after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
During his career, he also served in overseas deployments in the Northern Persian Gulf and helped capture Iraqi prisoners in the War on Terror.
Jones said his retirement plans include hunting, fishing and opening a tree farm in Texas, but he will remain a Jacksonville resident