Top readiness award goes to Alameda-based law enforcement team

Coast Guard District 11 NewsALAMEDA, Calif. ­— Coast Guard Maritime Safety and Security Team San Francisco 91105 was awarded the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award for excellence in operational readiness at Coast Guard Island, Thursday.

“This award signifies excellence in boat operations, but it is really a reflection of unit readiness,” said Capt. Gene Gray, 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 San Francisco.”

Coast Guard boat force units receive this award for achieving an outstanding performance rating during a rigorous week-long inspection, conducted by an independent Coast Guard standardization team (STANTEAM).

The inspection examines the condition of the unit’s boats and equipment, rescue and survival systems, crew knowledge of standard operating procedures and parameters, training program and readiness, practical drills and exercises. MSST San Francisco exceeded the Coast Guard average in each category and attained one of the highest scores among deployable specialized force units.

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.

“I am extremely proud of the MSST San Francisco crew,” said Lt. Cmdr. Glenn Galman, MSST San Francisco’s commanding officer. “This award represents the hard work every member of this unit performs every day. Their dedication honors our profession.”

The award’s namesake, Sumner I. Kimball, was appointed by President Rutherford B. Hayes in 1878 to the post of General Superintendent of the U.S. Life Saving Service which would later comprise a key component of the modern day Coast Guard. Kimball’s lofty standards laid a solid foundation and significantly contributed to the modern day Coast Guard’s reputation as life-saving responders.

Created under the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, the eleven MSSTs are a part of the United States Department of Homeland Security’s layered strategy directed at protecting seaports and waterways.

MSSTs are a component of the Deployable Operations Group. The DOG provides properly equipped, trained and organized Deployable Specialized Forces to Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense and interagency operational and tactical commanders.

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