By Becky Maxedon
Lake Havasu City turned out Friday afternoon to celebrate Maryann Elizabeth Cowan Day in honor of her retirement from the United States Navy.
Cowan was born in Victorville, Calif., but her family moved to Lake Havasu City where she attended Oro Grande Elementary School, Thunderbolt Middle School and graduated from Lake Havasu High School in 1999.
Cowan then attended and graduated from the Untied States Navy Boot Camp in Great Lake, Ill., and served the country with honor and distinction for the past 20 years, attaining the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
She served in various roles in the Navy and was a vital player in strengthening Naval relationships with foreign allies through service of COMVAQWINGPAC and the Australian Air Force by providing technical, administrative and logistic support for the EA-18G Growler acquisition and the sundown of the EA-6B Prowlers where she managed 15 commands to transition from EA-6B to the EA-18G, where she was also selected for Chief Petty Officer in August 2016, according to a proclamation issued by Lake Havasu City Mayor Cal Sheehy.
She has been stationed around the world from the Middle East to Asia.
Her family including parents William and Lisa Mousel, husband Daniel and twin sons Jesse and Wesley, joined her Friday at her retirement celebration at Lake Havasu City Municipal Airport.