Coast Guard Station Saginaw River crewmembers recognized for outstanding performance

Great Lakes Coast Guard NewsCLEVELAND — More than two dozen Coast Guard members at Coast Guard Station/Aids-to-Navigation Team Saginaw River in Essexville, Mich., were recognized Friday for outstanding performance between February 2010 and September 2011.

More than two-thirds of the unit’s crew were recognized for their distinguished body of work across a broad spectrum of operational missions including: search-and-rescue; law enforcement; aids-to-navigation and ice operations both locally and assisting other regions across the country.

During the 18-month time period of operations, the crew of STANT Saginaw River prosecuted 270 search-and-rescue cases resulting in 418 lives saved or assisted and $2 million in property preserved. The unit also conducted more than 540 law enforcement boardings and issued 12 boating-under-the influence citations, the second highest total in the Great Lakes Region. The unit also maintained 137 aids-to-navigation with an availability rate of 99.93 percent.

During this timeframe, the unit was also recognized for smallboat standardization excellence by being awarded the Sumner I. Kimball Award.

STANT Saginaw River also routinely deployed crewmembers and assets to assist with unique support assignments like the 2011 Red River flood evacuation operations and wetland site survey teams during the June 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. STANT Saginaw River also sustained a high level of efficiency and success as the leader of the 9th Coast Guard District’s Ice Capabilities Center of Excellence, where ice rescues in the Coast Guard and partner agencies learn and refine their craft.

“This award represents the crewmembers’ commitment to attaining, not just required qualifications, but proficiency in their craft,” said Capt. Stephen Torpey, 9th Coast Guard District chief of response.

“When you consider the wide range of missions that the crew executes, their sustained performance is even more impressive.”

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