Coast Guard unit to receive Sumner I. Kimball Award

7th Coast Guard District News
MIAMI – Coast Guard Capt. Scott Buschman, chief of staff, Seventh Coast Guard District, will present the Sumner I. Kimball Award to the crew of Coast Guard Station Lake Worth Inlet Monday at 10 a.m. during a ceremony recognizing their exceptional readiness posture.

The Sumner I. Kimball Award recognizes the achievement of high readiness of shore unit boats and personnel through an inspection of vessel conditions and survival systems, performance of underway drills and examination of unit training programs. Station Lake Worth Inlet received a score of 48 out of 50 possible points on the unit assessment.

This is the fourth consecutive Kimball award the station has received, earning the award in December 2004, November 2006, December 2008, and February 2011.

“The Kimball Award is a testament to one of the Coast Guard’s greatest heroes. The men and women of Station Lake Worth Inlet honor him with their dedication to excellence,” said Chief Warrant Officer James T. Mullinax, commanding officer of the station.

“The Kimball is, at best, difficult to earn, it requires man and machine to come together in flawless execution of the Coast Guard’s search and rescue mission,” said Mullinax.

While the Coast Guard maintains a high readiness posture, only 10 percent of shore-based boat force units are awarded the Kimball Award each year.

The award is named for Sumner I. Kimball, the general superintendent of the U.S. Life-Saving Service from 1878 to 1915. Kimball’s accomplishments included organizing divided life-saving stations into unified, mission capable teams, which later became part of the Coast Guard in 1915.

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