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Guard Retires

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By B. Cooper

Many attended Sergeant First Class Kevin D. Coggin's retirement ceremony this afternoon.
Coggins was recognized in front of his fellow soldiers – family and friends.
He also received messages from the governor and President Obama.

"It's a great honor to be recognized, but there are a lot of great soldiers that I had the opportunity to serve with that are truly going to be missed."
Coggins received a Purple Heart for his tour in Iraq in 2004 and 2005.
"We took some IED's, roadside bombs that gave me hearing loss, concussion and brain injury stuff."
Brigadier General Alan Gayhart says the guardsmen act as one big family by looking out for one another and the guard is in Coggins' blood.
"I knew his father. His father worked for me in Twin falls in the Armory and Gooding and that whole family is in the Guard. It's a good relationship we've had over the years."
Coggins's wife Leslie says they've been married for 22 years and when asked about what they plan to do for retirement
"That is the question; it's different because that's all that we've ever known. He does coach at Lighthouse Christian. So he'd like to continue doing that so aside from that, we don't know we'll just see what's in store for us."


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