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By Bill Couch, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Midwest Public Affairs
GREAT LAKES (NNS) - The leading petty officer at Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Midwest's Public Works Department (PWD) Mid-South was announced as Shore Sailor of the Year for NAVFAC Atlantic Jan. 23.
Builder 1st Class (SCW) James McCullough was recognized for his sustained superior performance, strong leadership skills and tireless initiative.
"[Petty Officer McCullough's] leadership accomplishments stood out amongst the impressive, top performing candidates at each [command]," said Commander, NAVFAC Atlantic, Rear. Adm. Doug Morton. "His hard work represents the high caliber Sailors serving throughout NAVFAC Atlantic and epitomizes our core values."
During fiscal year 2012, McCullough led a team of four Seabees completing more than 50 projects to improve living and working conditions around Naval Support Activity (NSA) Mid-South, Millington, Tenn. His team worked safely during nearly 2,000 man-hours of construction and support work, with no mishaps. Their projects - which might otherwise have been done by contract - saved the Navy more than $50,000 in labor costs.
Among his projects during the year, McCullough constructed a 30-foot pergola for the base's dining facility, poured new sidewalks near the medical clinic to improve handicap access and rehabilitated the base's Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) station.
"BU1 comes up with very ingenious--and safe--ways to accomplish big projects with a small crew," said PWD Mid-South Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Gregg Benton. "He fabricated a 30-foot-long spreader so a forklift could re-cover the base's security tent structure rather than having to do it by hand. He designed and fabricated a safety enclosure for the base's antenna tower that didn't interfere with the structure but still kept people from climbing it. And I've relied on his advice during base clean-up days, when he would offer unconventional recommendations that really were the best solution. He truly is a problem solver, very creative and smart."
"It's great that the chain of command recognized the team's accomplishment," said McCullough, a native of Shell Knob, Mo., who joined the Navy in 1998. "I am honored to have been selected. I love being a Builder and part of the best organization in the Navy--the Seabees!"
At PWD Mid-South, McCullough has served as command fitness leader, chairperson of several command development boards, representative on the Seabee Ball planning committee and member of the NSA Mid-South First Class Petty Officers Association. In his off time, McCullough volunteered more than 40 hours supporting the Memphis Boys Club and the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
"Petty Officer McCullough has been an exemplary craftsman and leader here in PWD Mid-South, always taking care of his people and meeting the needs of our supported commands," said Senior Chief Utilitiesman (SCW) David Fulcher, NAVFAC Midwest senior enlisted leader. "We're very proud of him, and it's great to see him recognized like this for his dedication and excellence."