Coast Guard Station Brunswick receives prestigious award

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – The crewmembers of Coast Guard Station Brunswick accepted the prestigious Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award at a ceremony Wednesday.

The award was presented by Rear Adm. Steve Branham, commander Coast Guard Seventh District. Station Brunswick earned the award for their outstanding performance during a biennial evaluation conducted by the Coast Guard Standardization Team.

During the evaluation, crewmembers were tested in their ability to use small boat rescue equipment properly during emergency situations when dealing with search and rescue, towing and engineering casualties. The crewmembers were also tested with a comprehensive written exam, covering a broad spectrum of Coast Guard mission knowledge, including rescue and survival, boat equipment, boat missions, environmental limitations, navigational rules, engineering systems and first aid.

“Search and rescue is our primary mission and that is what we train for,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Andrew Engle, officer-in-charge Station Brunswick. “This award demonstrates that our crew’s dedication and diligence has paid off and we are always ready to serve the public.”

The Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award is presented to Coast Guard stations scoring in the top 10 percentile of all Coast Guard stations throughout the nation during standardization visits. The station received a plaque for display inside and a pennant for display on their flag pole. The pennant will remain in place until the station is tested during the next scheduled STANTEAM evaluation.

Kimball was the General Superintendent of the Revenue Marine Bureau from 1871 to 1878, which evolved into the U.S. Life Saving Service, a predecessor to the modern day Coast Guard. Kimball is credited for putting the service on the road to professionalism by defining and heavily enforcing the fundamentals of training and equipment.

The 32 members assigned to the Station Brunswick are responsible for the execution of Coast Guard missions from the Florida-Georgia border to St. Catherines Island. In 2008, they were credited with saving and or assisting 39 lives and $213 thousand in property.

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