Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg receives the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award

Southeastern Coast Guard News
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Crewmembers of Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg received the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award during a ceremony at the station, Tuesday.

The award is earned by Coast Guard units that demonstrate an extraordinary state of readiness in administration, operations, maintenance and training during a rigorous inspection. Failure in any one of these aspects loses the possibility of the award for any unit.

“This award highlights the outstanding dedication, commitment and selfless service of the men and women of Station St. Petersburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mia Dutcher, chief of response at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg. “I congratulate them on this hard earned recognition that sets them apart. By having attained this impressive award is quite an accomplishment, considering how busy this station is throughout the year protecting our local Tampa area.”

“Station St. Petersburg is one of the busiest of Sector St. Petersburg’s five small boat stations,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormack, officer in charge of the station. “We are honored and humbled to receive this award. The crew has worked extremely hard to obtain this level of proficiency in readiness and it reflects on their desire to give the boating public the best possible service.”

Since the station’s last inspection in 2011, the crew logged more than 7,000 hours of underway time completing more than 1,000 security patrols and vessel escorts. The crew also conducted more than 800 law enforcement vessel boardings and 500 search and rescue missions.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormack, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., accepts the prestigious Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award on behalf of his crew from Rear Adm. Bill Baumgartner, Coast Guard 7th District commander, and Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, at the station, April 15, 2013. The award recognizes excellence in crew proficiency, boat and personal protective equipment condition and compliance with established training documentation requirements as essential readiness components. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle

Senior Chief Petty Officer Eamon McCormack, officer in charge of Coast Guard Station St. Petersburg, Fla., accepts the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award on behalf of his crew from Rear Adm. Bill Baumgartner, Coast Guard 7th District commander, and Capt. Sheryl L. Dickinson, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, at the station, April 16, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tara Molle

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