STAN 2.0: Ready for operations and retirement of Kimball award

As we wrap up our series on STAN 2.0, we wanted to address how the assessment standard will impact a unit’s ability to be designated ready or operations and why STAN 2.0 and a shift to a risk-based methodology brought about the retirement of the Sumner I. Kimball Readiness Award.


STAN 2.0: Scoring system explained

Where the old system focused on getting the most points, STAN 2.0 emphasizes getting the least. A perfect score would be zero, representing no percieved operational risk, however there are no minimum scores required. The score is solely for consideration by operational commanders when determining the level of risk to operational readiness at each unit under their command.


STAN 2.0: Risk-based methodology

During the beta-test phase of STAN 2.0, one of the test station’s commanding officers, Lt. Scott Farr, stated, “[STAN 2.0] is easy to understand. Everyone understands GAR colors … [it] should allow operational commanders to have a better idea of where the holes in their programs are and help focus more on areas of concern.”


STAN 2.0: New Boat Forces standardization policy

This post is the first in a four-part series that will explain the new Boat Forces standardization, called STAN, assessment standards. On Sept. 19, the Office of Boat Forces announced the implementation of the new STAN framework and provided policy updates to the Boat Forces manual.


Port state control

A port state of mind

American ports are called on by commercial ships from all over the world and are a vital link to the commerce and economies of many nations. Carrying out a wide variety of tasks to ensure ports stay operational and safe in the U.S. and around the world are the Coast Guard’s port state inspectors. Inspectors examine both foreign and domestic vessels ensuring safety and security regulations for vessels are maintained.


itCG-Rescue 21 to the rescue, Operation Safe ‘N Sound, DHS blog

Rescue 21 helped Guardians locate and rescue a family of eight whose boat took on water and capsized yesterday off the North Carolina coast. Communications were lost after a few mayday calls for help, but watchstanders were able to correlate […]


itCG-Lake Huron medevac, river pollution, cruise ship detained, boating safety

Yes, the Coast Guard is up on the Great Lakes too. Yesterday, a helicopter from Air Station Traverse City and a small boat from Station Alpena worked together to airlift a crewman 26 nautical miles offshore in Lake Huron. An […]