Tag: innovation

Innovation from a life at sea

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.

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.

Annual search for Coast Guard project ideas

Each year, the Coast Guard Office of Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) seeks ideas for new research and development projects from Coast Guard service members and civilian personnel. The deadline for Coast Guard personnel to submit ideas to the RDT&E for its fiscal year 2019 project portfolio is Oct. 4, 2017.

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.

Walking the deckplates: Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz heads DCMS

Vice Adm. Sandra Stosz walks the deckplates and engages with staff as she continues to establish expectations and provide transparency as the newly designated Deputy Commandant of Mission Support. Read more for further insight into her leadership style, expections and path forward.