The First Coast Guard District Commander has presented the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness award to U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill. The award presentation was made Monday, February 14, 2011.

On a biennial basis, Coast Guard standardization teams visit Coast Guard units to ensure best practices are being followed, ensuring units meet all crew and equipment readiness requirements.

Units that score a 90 percent or higher during the testing period are presented with the Kimball Award, which may be permanently displayed at the unit. Units are also authorized to fly a special pennant during the two-year period. Fewer than 14 percent of units tested receive the award during a given period.

Rhode Island Congressmen David Cicilline was in attendance at the awards ceremony.

“I am honored to join Rear Adm. Daniel Neptun to present the prestigious Kimball Award to U.S. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill,” said Congressman Cicilline. “This award demonstrates the high degree of professionalism, excellence, and training the members of Castle Hill station have achieved. Their accomplishments demonstrate true commitment to national security and I commend them for their work in defense of our country.”

Coast Guard Station Castle Hill, built in 1941, has four boats, 44 active duty, and 23 reserve crewmembers.

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