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
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.
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
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."