2018 Innovation Award winners pose for a group photo at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Loumania Stewart.

Coast Guard recognizes innovation with annual awards

The Coast Guard honored a group of exceptional innovators whose ideas have helped make the Coast Guard more ready, relevant and responsive with Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards. The ceremony took place during the Senior Leadership Conference held April 25, 2019, at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt, a boatswain's mate stationed on the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, displays his hammer hook invention in Kodiak, Alaska, April 12, 2018. Spratt combined two tools commonly used by crew members working on a buoy deck, a chain hook and a maul, which allowed for a safer working environment by de-cluttering the buoy deck. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lauren Dean.

Innovation from a life at sea

The crews aboard buoy tenders like Coast Guard Cutter SPAR, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, use both sledgehammers and hooks to work on buoys but with so many tools, wouldn’t it make sense to combine? That’s exactly what Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin Spratt that earned him the 2017 Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Award after coming up with the hammer hook.

Research, Development, Test and Evaluation Spotlight: Innovation Awards

The Coast Guard Innovation Council assesses and provides strategic guidance on emerging technologies, missions, gaps, challenges and requirements. Recently, 12 Coast Guard members were honored for ideas that significantly impacted the service’s operations with the Capt. Niels P. Thomsen Innovation Awards during the Senior Leadership Conference held at Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Research, Development, Test & Evaluation Spotlight: 3-D Printing

For the average person, tracking down a spare part is merely an annoyance. But for the crew of a Coast Guard cutter, the availability of spare parts can be important to mission completion or greatly affect their work environment.

The Coast Guard Research and Development Center in New London, Connecticut, is currently studying how the use of 3-D printing technology might improve mission readiness through logistical support.

Research Development Test & Evaluation Spotlight: Diesel Outboard Engine

Is it possible for the Coast Guard to power its surface fleet using only one type of fuel? The Coast Guard Research and Development Center is investigating that possibility through the evaluation of available diesel outboard engines.

2010 Innovation Expo

2010 Innovation Expo: Diversity and sustainability

Post Written by Commander Andrea Palermo Yesterday, the Coast Guard welcomed more than 1,600 attendees to its largest Innovation Expo in the 10 year history. Held in Tampa, Fla., the three-day expo features more than 500 exhibits from industry and […]

Guardian of the Week – CGC Healy

The phrase “necessity is the mother of invention” rings true for the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Healy this week, as they were awarded the CDR Joel Magnussen Innovation Award for Management for their shipboard waste management/recycling program. “That is […]

itCG – Innovation Expo, pirates repelled, First Lady honors women vets, Guardians in the community

YouTube DoDLive The Ninth Coast Guard Innovation Expo wraps up today. Yesterday’s focus was on harnessing the power of Guardian innovators. While the private sector can be a powerful force for progress, some of the best ideas come from right […]

USCG Live Streaming Commandant’s Remarks from Innovation Expo

In the spirit of the Coast Guard Innovation Expo, we are taking advantage of the unique opportunities available here to test cutting edge technology… we are going to live stream the video of the awards ceremony and the Commandant’s closing […]

Day 2: Coast Guard Innovation Expo

Harnessing the Innovative Power of Internal Stakeholders Day two of the expo started early with junior enlisted Guardians eating breakfast and networking with Coast Guard senior leadership including the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard (MCPOCG) and the […]

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