Lieutenant Novotny has substantially improved the operational and material readiness of the Coast Guard’s cutter and boat fleet in direct support of the Coast Guard roles in Homeland Defense and the Global War on Terrorism while serving in the Naval Engineering Division at Coast Guard Headquarters and as the Assistant Section Chief for Patrol and Standard Boats at Maintenance And Logistics Command, Atlantic. He planned and effectively executed the first expeditionary deployment of Coast Guard patrol boat forces in thirty years to support Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Additionally, he planned and implemented improvements to prepare Coast Guard boats for an enhanced role in support of homeland security and he substantially improved the material and operational readiness of the Coast Guard boat fleet.
Lieutenant Novotny’s superb planning and his exceptional knowledge of the capabilities and material condition of the Coast Guard’s 110’ patrol boats enabled him to effectively prepare eight patrol boats for deployment to the Persian Gulf and to provide them with ongoing maintenance and logistic support that has sustained high operational readiness despite an operating tempo nearly three times the normal level. He also played a lead role in the systematic assessment, repair and improvement of the Coast Guard fleet of more than 1700 boats, and he was instrumental in building a consensus for approval to recapitalize a major portion of the boat fleet.
Lieutenant Novotny has skillfully demonstrated exceptional leadership, a superb grasp of operational requirements and insightful planning in preparing Coast Guard boats and cutters to meet increased demands both at home and overseas in support of the global war on terror. His dedication and devotion to duty are most heartily commended and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Coast Guard and the American Society of Naval Engineers. His efforts stand as an outstanding example for Fleet Engineers throughout the sea services. He is most deserving of the Claud A Jones Award for 2003.