Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Ga., presented Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award for operational excellence

the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award.JACKSONVILLE, Fla – Coast Guard Marine Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Ga., was awarded the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award, Friday aboard MSST Station Kings Bay for excellence in operational readiness.

“I am extremely proud of the crew who put forth a polished performance for the most important operational inspection we have in the shore forces community,” said Lt. Cmdr. Doug Stark, commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay. “It was an incredible team effort that made this possible, and a real testament to the caliber of people at this unit.”

MSST Kings Bay was assessed on underway crew proficiency, material condition of unit’s assets, unit training program, and compliance with strict standardization in rescue and survival systems. MSST Kings Bay exceeded the Coast Guard’s average in each category and attained one of the highest scores among Deployable Specialized Force units.

“This award signifies excellence in boat operations, but it is really a reflection of unit readiness,” said Capt. Gail Kulisch, commander of the Deployable Operations Group. “To achieve such a high standard while maintaining the operational tempo required of all Deployable Specialized Force units is a credit to the command and crew of MSST Kings Bay.”

The Kimball Award, named after Sumner I. Kimball the General Superintendent of the Life-Saving Service from 1878 -1915, was established in 2001. The award recognizes Coast Guard Boat Force units that exemplify the Coast Guard’s motto of always ready

MSST Kings Bay performs a variety of maritime, homeland security and defense missions both domestically and globally.

MSST Kings Bay is one of 27 Coast Guard DSF units under the operational control of the U.S. Deployable Operations Group to receive the award.

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