Honor, Respect, Devotion to Duty: SN, MK1 O’Sullivan
Posted by PA1 David J. Schuhlein, Monday, August 11, 2014
This week, “Honor, Respect and Devotion to Duty” has the unique pleasure of highlighting the great work of Seaman Stephanie O’Sullivan and her husband Petty Officer 1st Class Brian O’Sullivan.
Both O’Sullivans are assigned to the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, the birthplace of the enlisted workforce. Stephanie works in the purchasing department on base and Brian is an engineer aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Mako, homeported there.
With their “can do” attitudes, desire to lead at the workplace and their extensive off-duty volunteer work, the O’Sullivans truly embody our service’s core values.
Here are just a few of their many accomplishments:
Stephanie choreographed the flawless execution of 594 purchases, valued at more than $300,000. She attained a perfect score on all audits, and zero purchasing discrepancies. She has served as the Duty Master at Arms 32 times and worked as a command representative and first responder during evening hours and weekends.
She spent more than 40 hours coordinating 13 community service events for TRACEN Cape May personnel, including the New Jersey Food Bank, TRACEN Cape May Food Pantry, Shop-Rite “Bag Hunger” and Meals Distribution. Additionally, she organized the first ever TRACEN Cape May Donation Drive benefiting a local animal shelter.
“Seaman O’Sullivan is an outstanding representative of our service and our core values. Her dedication to the Coast Guard is matched only by her dedication to civic responsibility and truly showcases the high caliber people we have in the Coast Guard,” said Cmdr. Joseph Meuse, TRACEN Cape May’s executive officer.
Brian is extremely motivated and spends many hours of his own off time to make needed repairs to the main space machinery and auxiliary equipment aboard CGC Mako. He has also played a major role in the improved cleanliness and general appearance of the engine room and the Mako as a whole.
He has conducted repair and maintenance onboard Mako saving the Coast Guard over $20,000 in contractor costs. Specifically, he identified that the hydraulic oil being used was the wrong type, researched the correct type for the machinery onboard Mako and made the change resulting in machinery lasting longer and operating better.
As the Law Enforcement Petty Officer, Brian has trained all crew members to ensure compliance, and conducted the majority of all boarding’s. During multiple occasions, took on the added role of engineer petty officer, position usually held by a chief petty officer with no loss of operational expertise or functionality.
“MK1 O’Sullivan’s professionalism and dedication to the Coast Guard and his shipmates is a true reflection of our core values. His leadership has inspired his peers and colleagues and will no doubt help shape our junior shipmates and the direction of our service,” said Petty Officer First Class Sam Meints, executive petty officer, CGC Mako.
Bravo Zulu to Seaman Stephanie O’Sullivan and Petty Officer 1st Class Brian O’Sullivan for their efforts – in uniform and on their own time – to advance our service’s core values!