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McKinney Fleet & Barge Services and KIDD Volunteer Richard Ammon were presented with international-level awards from the Historic Naval Ships Association (HNSA) during a Fall Field Day banquet held at the USS KIDD Veterans Museum on Oct. 23.  HNSA's Casper J. Knight Award was presented to McKinney Fleet & Barge Services for contributing in a major way to the preservation and exhibition of a historic naval ship over a considerable length of time. The family-owned company has been involved with some of the KIDD's largest special events and restoration projects over the years. The in-kind services they've provided have saved KIDD a significant amount of money. The Historic Naval Ships Association is a world renowned organization with 188 unique and timeless ships in their fleet. Their mission is to support the preservation of historic naval vessels and to honor those who have served at sea in defense of their nations.

"McKinney Fleet& Barge Services has been involved with the USS KIDD since almost the inception of the museum over 30 years ago," said Tim NesSmith, Ship Superintendent of the USS KIDD. "They have been a constant source of support and deserve every accolade that can be heaped upon them." "The KIDD has always been an important part of our family" said Captain Andy McKinney who recently aided the museum with a radar restoration project. McKinney is the grandson of WWII veteran Captain Andrew McKinney, who was the founder of the company. "We're just pleased to be able to lend a hand and continue the tradition started by my grandfather."

HNSA's Maintenance/Preservation/Exhibition Award was presented to Boiler Tender 1st Class Richard Ammon, Jr., a Cold War veteran, for his exemplary work in those areas over a long period on a part-time basis. Ammon, a long-time resident of Winter Park, Fla., served aboard the KIDD when she was in service and has volunteered for his old ship since 1990.

KIDD volunteers have received this award two years in a row: George Seal in 2014 and now Ammon in 2015. Ammon and the McKinney family received two of five awards garnered by KIDD staff, volunteers and supporters in recent weeks; four from the Historic Naval Ships Association and one from the Louisiana Association of Museums.

"The enormous growth and positive attention that KIDD has experienced over the past year is due to the tireless efforts and continued commitment of many," said USS KIDD Executive Director Alejandra Juan. "We are incredibly grateful for all of the support and are thrilled that we were able to garner international attention for both McKinney Fleet & Barge Services and the one and only Richard Ammon. They deserve this recognition and more of their countless contributions to the KIDD over the years."   
Boiler Tender 1st Class Class Richard Ammon, Jr., was presented with the Historic Naval Ships Association's Maintenance/Preservation/Exhibition Award by USS KIDD Executive Director Alejandra Juan during the Fall Field Day banquet held on Oct. 23. This award is earned by a staff person or volunteer at a Fleet Member organization for exemplary work in those areas over a long period on a part-time basis. (USS KIDD Veterans Museum Photo/Released) 
(L-R) Captain Andy McKinney and Captain Steve McKinney of McKinney Fleet & Barge Services were presented with the Historic Naval Ships Association's Casper J. Knight Award by USS KIDD Executive Director Alejandra Juan during the Fall Field Day banquet held on Oct. 23. This award is given to individuals or organizations who have contributed in a major way, usually over a considerable length of time, to the preservation and exhibition of historic naval ships. (USS KIDD Veterans Museum Photo/Released) 
Boiler Tender 1st Class Class Richard Ammon, Jr., is shown here in uniform during his time serving in the U.S. Navy.   Ammon served aboard a multitude of vessels, two of which are now preserved as museum ships: USS KIDD (DD-661) in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and USS INTREPID (CV-11).   (Courtesy Photo/Released) 
 
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