Coast Guard Station Castle Hill Honored with Readiness Award

the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award.NEWPORT, R.I. – The First Coast Guard District Commander presented the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness award to U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill Feb. 14, 2011.

On a biennial basis, U.S. Coast Guard standardization teams visit Coast Guard units to ensure best practices are being followed, ensuring units meet all crew and equipment readiness requirements.

Units which score a 90 percent or higher during the arduous testing period are presented with the Kimball Award, which may be permanently displayed at the unit. Units are also authorized to fly a special pennant during the two-year period. Fewer than 14 percent of units tested receive the award during a given period.

Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun, commander of the First Coast Guard District, will present the award in a ceremony scheduled at the station on Monday. He is the senior officer for units in New England.

Also in attendance will be Congressmen David Cicilline.

“I am honored to join Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun to present the prestigious Kimball Award to U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill,” said Congressman Cicilline. “This award demonstrates the high degree of professionalism, excellence, and training the members of Castle Hill station have achieved. Their accomplishments demonstrate true commitment to national security and I commend them for their work in defense of our country.”

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, built in 1941, has four boats, 44 active duty, and 23 reserve crewmembers.

The Kimball award is named for Sumner I. Kimball, who was superintendent of the U.S. Lifesaving Service from 1878 to 1915. Kimball completely transformed a disorganized collection of life-saving stations into a well organized, cohesive organization.

In 1915, the U.S. Lifesaving Service joined with other agencies to become the modern Coast Guard.

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