MSST Kings Bay, Ga., presented Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award for operational excellence

7th Coast Guard District NewsKINGS BAY, Ga. – Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team Kings Bay, Ga., was awarded the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award, Tuesday aboard MSST Kings Bay for excellence in operational readiness.

“Earning the Kimball Award is a direct reflection of the hard work MSST Kings Bay puts forth daily and is truly a testament to my crew having achieved a mastery of boat operations, engineering expertise and deck seamanship surpassing that which is expected by the Coast Guard,” said Lt. Cmdr. Matthew J. Baer, commanding officer of MSST Kings Bay. “The historic fact that we became the first-ever Deployable Specialized Forces unit to earn the Kimball in consecutive inspection years shows that the crew at MSST Kings Bay is dedicated to not only achieving a high level of readiness and operational expertise, but also to sustaining that proficiency for the long term. I am very proud of my entire crew for their accomplishment.”

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.

For the second consecutive year, 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 is not an individual award, it is a team and unit award,” said Capt. Jeffery P. Novotny, Deployable Operations Group Command Cadre. “With exceptional performance, dedication, attention to detail and the pride and professionalism that MSST Kings Bay crewmembers bring to work everyday shows clearly why they deserve this award.”

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.

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