Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: MST3 Clint Bellon, Marine Safety Unit Cleveland

This week’s Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week exemplifies the Coast Guard’s core values of Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty both on and off the job. Petty Officer 3rd Class 3rd Class Clint Bellon reported to Marine Safety Unit Cleveland in March 2012 and has quickly established himself as a motivated and determined shipmate, destined to succeed.

Since reporting aboard, Bellon, a marine science technician, has demonstrated a relentless commitment to the Coast Guard, unit and shipmates alike, working arduously to expeditiously achieve qualifications as both a pollution responder and facility inspector, contributing to a better duty rotation for everyone at the unit.

Petty Officer Bellon surveys the site of recent bridge construction.

Petty Officer Bellon surveys the site of recent bridge construction.

Bellon’s rapid professional growth has been integral in the daily operations of MSU Cleveland. As a facility inspector, he has meticulously reviewed facility security plans to ensure compliance with Maritime Transportation Security Act regulations. His work has led to the identification and correction of more than 15 MTSA deficiencies, thereby significantly mitigating the potential for security incidents in Ohio’s ports of Cleveland, Ashtabula, Fairport, Vermillion, Conneaut and Lorain.

While at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans for training, Bellon volunteered to extend his stay and serve as a member of the Situation Unit in support of the response effort in the wake of Hurricane Isaac. His dedication and selflessness were instrumental in minimizing the hurricane’s impact to the Gulf of Mexico.

 
In preparation for the 2013 boating season, he became the unit’s go-to petty officer for processing marine event permits. He carefully reviewed 15 applications, coordinating closely with various smallboat stations and marine event sponsors, making critical recommendations. His efforts helped streamline the process and ensured adequate safety measures for all marine events in northeast Ohio.

Petty Officers Bellon and Campbell assess damage and salvage operations in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.

Petty Officers Bellon and Campbell assess damage and salvage operations in the wake of Super Storm Sandy.

Throughout his time at MSU Cleveland, Bellon has shown a clear commitment to former servicemen and women by repeatedly volunteering to participate in funeral details, ensuring the proper honors for our fallen armed servicemembers. During the War of 1812 bicentennial commemoration events, he volunteered for numerous outreach programs to share the Coast Guard’s story with the community. Off duty, Bellon exhibited an unwavering commitment to the betterment of Cleveland communities. As a routine volunteer in Habitat for Humanity events, he has been an active proponent for giving back to community members in need.

Bellon’s unwavering commitment to the missions of the Coast Guard, and betterment of the community in which he serves, is a model to be followed both up and down the chain of command.

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