Coast Guard Station South Padre Island wins Kimball Readiness Award

8th Coast Guard District NewsSOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Capt. John Pasch, commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, presented crewmembers from Station South Padre Island with the prestigious Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award, Wednesday.

The award was a result of an intense evaluation by a standardization team of the Coast Guard’s small boat stations that measure a unit’s ability to carry out its mission. The evaluation is conducted once every two years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for excellence in mission readiness and proficiency,” said Lt. Joshua Sagers, commanding officer of Station South Padre Island. “We will continue to provide service to the citizens of south Texas that they have come to expect from the Coast Guard.”

While the Coast Guard maintains a high readiness posture, only 10 percent of shore-based boat forces earn the award following each inspection.

The award is named for Sumner I. Kimball, the General Superintendent of the U.S. Life-Saving Service who served from 1878 to 1915. Kimball’s accomplishments included unifying the nation’s life-saving stations into highly-trained teams that became part of the what is U. S. Coast Guard in 1915.

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