Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: ME3 Corey Tull, Station Calumet Harbor, Chicago, Ill.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Tull has personally led 49% of all of the boardings performed by Station Calumet Harbor.  US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Houston.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Tull has personally led 49% of all of the boardings performed by Station Calumet Harbor.
US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Houston.

The city of Chicago is the third largest city in America, located on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan, and it plays host to a large boating and water sports community. Ensuring the safety of those that venture out on the water in this area is the responsibility of the dedicated Coast Guardsmen stationed at Station Calumet Harbor. Although able to respond to any situation on the water at a moment’s notice, the members of Station Calumet Harbor pride themselves on mishap prevention through safety boarding’s and inspections. The need for a professional and well-rounded boarding officer to conduct these safety boardings quickly and efficiently is crucial. Petty Officer 3rd Class Corey Tull has stepped up to fill that role.Since October 2013, Tull, a Maritime Enforcement Specialist, has conducted over 340 boardings, a combination of both recreational vessels and security interest vessels. These 340 boardings are an astounding 49% of the total boardings conducted by Station Calumet Harbor. Although the vast majority of boardings result in a clean slate for the owner, some pose challenging situations for a boarding team. These include possession of illegal narcotics, boating under the influence of alcohol and lack of proper safety gear. Tull handles each scenario expertly while educating the boating public on safety while operating a vessel on Lake Michigan and the Chicago River.

“Tull is a go-getter,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Houston. “When it comes down to accomplishing the mission safely and effectively there is no other boarding officer that I would rather have on my crew. On many occasions I have heard the boating public comment on how thorough Tull’s boardings are and how they feel more safe and knowledgeable on they’re boat after the safety inspection. He goes above and beyond to insure the safety of not only his crew, but the local mariners as well.”

Tull quickly became proficient in firearms tactics and operation. As a result of his proficiency, Tull was selected to attend Firearm Instructor School. US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Houston.

Tull quickly became proficient in firearms tactics and operation. As a result of his proficiency, Tull was selected to attend Firearm Instructor School.
US Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brad Houston.

Besides setting the example as a boarding officer, Tull also has played an important role in maintaining the unit’s weapons. With his supervisor away on sick leave for an extended period of time, he volunteered to step up and assume some of the responsibilities and duties of the weapons and law enforcement department. He has performed this additional tasking flawlessly with little to no direction.In preparation for Station Calumet Harbor to attend their annual Mounted Automatic Weapons Training in 2013, Tull volunteered his time, off duty, to help his shipmates through one-on-one individual training to familiarize them with the M240B rifle. This training included disassembly and reassembly, clearing malfunctions, and nomenclature. He also is one of the station’s weapons standards qualifiers and has provided multiple training sessions on the rifle, shotgun and pistol. As a testament to his hard work and dedication, Tull was selected as the Ninth District alternate for the Firearm Instructor School and is currently awaiting orders to attend the school.

“Tull is trustworthy, dependable, self motivated and eager to learn,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Stremple, Tull’s direct supervisor. “He has been a go-getter since the first day that he reported aboard the station. When met with any task or challenge, he continues to find ways to get the job done and has always conducted himself in a professional manner. He is a true example of the Coast Guard’s Core Values and is a great role model for subordinates. I’m extremely proud of him and it has been my privilege to have him work not just for me, but alongside me as well.”

Tull’s willing and positive attitude has been recognized by all, especially those newly qualified boarding team members who look up to him for help. As a mentor to many newly qualified boarding officers and boarding team members, he has been instrumental in helping them learn the ropes of conducting boardings, keeping our waterways safe and educating the public on Southern Lake Michigan and the Illinois waterways.

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