Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City receives 2nd consecutive excellence award

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The crew of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City was identified as the recipient of the MH-65 Aviation Standardization Excellence Award, in an internal Coast Guard announcement released March 14.

The award, the second consecutive for the unit, recognizes the crew for exemplary performance during its annual standardization evaluation that was held in October of 2013.

The MH-65 Standardization Excellence Award is presented each spring following the annual evaluation of each of the 18 Coast Guard air stations around the country that operate Dolphin helicopters. The award is presented by Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala.

Annual on-site standardization visits are an essential part of the Coast Guard Aviation Training and Standardization Program.  The top units in each aviation community are selected to receive this recognition based on award criteria which includes pilot and crewmember flight performance, open and closed book exam scores, condition of training records, overall unit evaluation, and rescue swimmer physical training performance.

“This is a great honor for the pilots, aircrews and support personnel of Coast Guard Air Station Traverse City — it’s truly an all-hands effort,” said Cmdr. Sean Cross, commanding officer of the air station.

“To have earned this award two years in a row is a testament to their hard work and dedication to the professional operation of aircraft and safe, effective mission accomplishment. While we are very proud of this special recognition, we continue to train hard and maintain proficiency, despite this harsh winter, to answer the call and protect the citizens of the Great Lakes,” he said.

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