The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 6, 2013

Coast Guard Station Ashtabula receives second Kimball Award

Star Beacon

CLEVELAND — Coast Guard Station Ashtabula, received it's second consecutive Sumner I. Kimball award for excellence Friday.

The award recognizes excellence in operational readiness and vessel condition. It is awarded by Coast Guard Headquarters' Office of Boat Forces after a thorough inspection of Coast Guard units to crews whoe meet exceptionanlly high standards of the service.

During the ceremony, presided over by Capt. Steve Wischmann,  commander of Coast Guard Sector Buffalo, the station crew was officially recognized for exceptional performance and achieving a grade of 90 percent or higher during an arduous, week-long inspection. This annual inspection included the examination of their response boats, completion of crew knowledge tests, and assessment of the unit’s practical drills and training plan.

“This award is a great achievement for the crew,” said Senior Chief Petty Officer James Dean, officer-in-charge of Station Ashtabula. “They should be proud of the award, as it represents their desire to meet the highest standards of a small boat station.

Only about 10 percent of the Coast Guard’s 191 small boat stations nationwide receive the award in any given year.

The award cites the crew’s hard work and efforts to maintain the Coast Guard’s highest standards of boat and crew readiness. It also represents the overall high level of excellence and professionalism in executing all Coast Guard missions.

The award is named for the first general superintendent of the U.S. Life-Saving Service, which was later incorporated into the U.S. Coast Guard. Sumner I. Kimball was appointed to the position in 1878 due to his persuasive efforts in convincing Congress to improve upon what was a system of volunteer life-saving stations. Kimball’s elevated standards laid the foundation for modern day Coast Guard small boat stations.

Station Ashtabula is a multi-mission small boat station that executes all Coast Guard missions, including search and rescue, maritime law enforcement and homeland security.