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August 17, 2022

Seabee chief from King City retires

Baxter transfers to reserve after distinguished career

KING CITY — Chief Petty Officer Michael Baxter, a native of King City, has retired after 21 years of dedicated service.

As a Chief Construction Electrician (Seabee Combat Warfare Specialist/Expeditionary Warfare Specialist), Baxter’s years of service include tours with Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) Three and NMCB Five, as well as a three-year tour as an instructor at Seabee “A” School. 

Baxter deployed nine times, including to Afghanistan, before joining Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command (NAVFAC) Washington, Public Works Department Washington, in July 2019 as Senior Enlisted Adviser.

Seabee Chief Michael Baxter (left) has the Naval Commendation Medal pinned to his uniform by Cmdr. Sterling Ingram, NAVFAC Washington public works officer, during a retirement ceremony held April 29 on board the U.S. Naval Observatory. (Contributed)

“(Chief Baxter) has done a lot to leave us in good hands with the training he has given everyone, and that is the legacy he leaves behind,” said Captain Eric J. Hawn, commanding officer, NAVFAC Washington, during a retirement ceremony held April 29 on board the U.S. Naval Observatory. “I want to thank him and his wife, Aracely, and sons, Thomas and Jonathan, for their service and sacrifice.”

“I want to thank my wife,” said Baxter. “Throughout my deployments, I never had to worry about things at home. I will forever be grateful for everything my wife does. I also want to thank my Seabees. They come to work every day, positive and ready to work, no matter what the challenges are. It’s been a privilege to be your Chief.”

Baxter has transferred from active duty to Fleet Reserve and has taken a position with M.C. Dean, Inc., out of Tysons Corner, Va. 

Seabee Chief Michael Baxter (center) was recognized during a retirement ceremony held April 29 on board the U.S. Naval Observatory by many of his Seabees from Public Works Department Washington. (Contributed)

Submitted by Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command, Public Affairs.

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