Juneau Coast Guardsmen selected finalists, placed 2nd for Coast Guard National Exposition Award

JUNEAU, Alaska – Coast Guard Sector Juneau’s Chief Warrant Officer Dennis Sullivan, Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Hunter, and 17th Coast Guard District’s Petty Officer 1st Class Patrick Horan were finalists for the 2010 Captain Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award placing 2nd respectively Thursday.

The 10th annual Coast Guard Innovation Exposition’s purpose was to identify and implement new ways to improve mission execution and support.

Sullivan, Hunter and Horan’s project focused on improving methodology for determination of steel strength. The result will have a major impact on the Coast Guard inspections program by saving money and time, while improving the accuracy of assessments. Such improvements may also save vessel owner’s money by allowing for more accurate vessel condition surveys.

“You’re never too junior to have your ideas heard,” said Master Chief Petty Officer Charles Franklin, Command Master Chief for Sector Juneau. “It gives young Coasties the opportunity to innovate and improve our organization through their own initiative. It also demonstrates that the senior leadership is open to improving Coast Guard processes based on their ideas.”

The three received public recognition and a headquarters funded trip to the Innovation Exposition in St. Petersburg, Fla., earlier this month.

More information about the 2010 Innovation Exposition can be found at the following website: http://www.uscg.mil/innovation/

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