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Command Master Chief Returns Home for Good

Command Master Chief Returns Home for Good

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(KSL News) -- A man friends and family call "Jake, the tired old seabee" is back in port for good.

A big crowd greeted Michael Jacobson, who is retiring at the rank of Command Master Chief in the Seabees in the Naval Reserve. That's the highest attainable rank for a non-commissioned officer.

"I'm really glad to have him home. We're very proud of him though, he's put 30 years in, this is his second tour in Iraq and we're proud of him," his wife said.

Command Master Chief Returns Home for Good

Jacobson was with a naval mobile construction battalion. He told KSL, "I feel like we're doing a great contribution to the war effort in that we're helping win the hearts of the Iraqi people. And that's what we have to do; we have to convince them that we're not the bad guys, that we're there to help them rebuild their country."

Still, Jacobson says the insurgency is more organized than ever and says there's still a lot of work to do. He and his wife expressed gratitude for the troops still stationed there.

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