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The US Coast Guard on 11 April 2001 introduced the Spencer I. Kimball Readiness Award for shore units equipped with 41-to-47 foot motor lifeboats and utility boats. The award is given to units that score better than 85% on their biennial readiness evaluations; the instruction authorizing the award (COMDTINST 1650.2) says the award will be expanded to stations equipped with other kinds of boats as criteria for evaluation are developed.
The instruction authorizes two pennants, one for 44 and 47-foot motor lifeboats and one for 41-foot utility boats. Units that win the award display the appropriate pennant on the station flagpole until the next biennial evaluation. Unfortunately I have absolutely no information on the design of the pennants.
Joe McMillan, 3 October 2011
The Kimball Readiness Award Pennant was awarded from 2001 until around 2013
http://allhands.coastguard.dodlive.mil). Joe had no information on the
design of the pennants, but there are a few pictures online now, for example:
The pennant is blue with a black stripe along the top and red along the bottom, all tapering to the point in rough proportion 1:2:1. In the middle is an oval badge featuring a wavy scene with crew in a row boat and a lighthouse, the text "USCG", and, on a black border with yellow edges, "Office of Boat Forces" and "Soul of the Service".
Sea Flags website for actual Coast Guard award pennants