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US Coast Guard Chief retires in Gowanda

Chief Machinery Technician Joseph J. Lipp IV retired after 20 years of active duty service in the U.S. Coast Guard.

He entered the Coast Guard in May 1999 and attended Basic Training in Cape May, NJ. Upon graduation, his first duty assignment was Machinery Technican “A” School. His subsequent assingments were: Coast Guard STANT Portage MI, USCGC Reliance (WMEC 615) homeported in Kittery ME, Engineer Petty Officer (EPO) for Coast Guard Station Portsmouth NH, EPO for Station Point Allerton, MA, and Coast Guard Sector Buffalo as part of the Ready for Operations team.

Chief Joseph Lipp retired in Gowanda. The ceremony was held at Gowanda Moose Lodge #1382. The hall’s rental was donated by the moose lodge, and presided over by Commander Kenneth Blair, Deputy Commander Sector Buffalo. Chief Lipp was awarded the Coast Guard Achievement Medal during the Ceremony for his role in establishing the Eastern Great Lakes Chief Petty Officer Association, a local chapter of the Chief Petty Officer Association, of which he has been the president since its charter in 2016.

The retirement ceremony also noted the contributions of his family: his wife Heather Lipp from Sanford, ME, and his three daughters, Ceili age 18, Fatih age 21, and Vanessa age 23. His son Joseph, age 16, was unable to attend. Chief Lipp also used this opportunity to give his family gifts to recognize the efforts.

He looks forward to retirement, continuing to support those in the service through the local chapter of Chief Petty Officer Association, and the Gowanda Community where he was a co-coach for the Gowanda Wave Runner swim team.

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