Nicholas Tarulli Retires From The Navy - James J. Peters VA Medical Center
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Nicholas Tarulli Retires From The Navy

Nick Tarulli Retires from the US Navy, August 21, 2011

Recognizing, Senior Chief Tarulli on the occasion of his retirement: (l-r), Carmine Mezzacappa, Captain Samuel Tate, Director MaryAnn Musumeci, Nick Tarulli and Police Chief Al Aviles

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nicholas J. Tarulli:  A Picture of Service and Devotion to America

On 21 August 2011, VA Police Officer, Nicholas J. Tarulli, retired from the US Navy after 42 years of honorable and dedicated service.  In a ceremony held at Fort Schuyler, Vice Admiral John Cotton and Captain Samuel Tate, recognized this outstanding and extraordinary achievement.   Let us all congratulate our colleague, Nick Tarulli, on his well-earned retirement from the Navy!

Biography of Senior Chief Sonar Technician, Nicholas J. Tarulli

Senior ChiefTarulli was born in New York City, August 1951.  He was raised on Long Island and attended school in Farmingdale.  In August 1969, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  He attended Recruit Training at Great Lakes, Illinois.  Upon completion of Boot Camp, he was transferred to Naval Training Center, Great Lakes and then to Fleet Sonar School in Key West, Florida, where he learned his Navy trade of Sonar Technician.

At the completion of training in Key West he was transferred to the fleet for sea duty on board the USS Talbot (FFG-4).  While embarked onboard the Talbot he was a maintenance technician on the ships Sonar and Underwater Fire Control Computers.  He was also tasked as the Sonar Watch Supervisor and during Battle Stations as the Anti-Submarine Attack Coordinator.  During his four and a half years of sea duty he was deployed to the Mediterranean Sea for 5 months, and deployed again in 1972, circumnavigating South America during Unitas 13 for 6 months.  He also made five minor deployments to the Caribbean.  In August 1975, he was honorably discharged from the Navy.

That same month he re-enlisted into the Navy Reserve to continue his Naval Career.  Some of his Navy Reserve assignments were as a Recruiter, Maintenance Technician and Instructor.  He was assigned to Fleet Training Group, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from 1981 to 1999, where he was a Anti-Submarine Warfare/Sonar Operations Instructor onboard various surface combatant ships.  At this time he was selected and appointed as an Atlantic Fleet Training Command, "Master Training Specialist."  During Desert Storm his Annual Training period in Guantanamo Bay was extended because of the operations in Iraq.  In 1999, he was transferred to the Navy Operational Support Center, Fort Schuyler, Bronx, where he assumed the duties as the "Command Senior Chief", the Senior Enlisted Leader for over 900 full time and reserve personnel.  He presently serves as an Instructor and Senior Enlisted Leader at Navy Operational Support Center, New York City.  He is an Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist  and has received the following Awards: 2 Navy Commendation Medals, 2 Navy Achievement Medals, Joint Meritorious Unit Award, Navy Unit Commendation, Coast Guard Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Battle "E" Ribbon, Navy Good Conduct Medal, 9 Naval Reserve Meritorious Service Medals, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, 3 National Defense Medals, Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, 4 Navy Overseas Service Ribbons, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with 30 year Hourglass), Navy Expert Rifle Marksman Medal and the Navy Sharpshooter Marksman Medal and several Letters of Commendation.  He is also a member of the New York State Naval Militia where he is part of the NYS Military Emergency Boat Service and also serves as the Command Senior Chief for Region 1 of the NY Naval Militia.   SC Tarulli continues his Navy career with more than 41 years already served. 

In his civilian life, after being discharged from the Navy, he worked as a Pharmacy Assistant while attending Nassau Community College.  From 1979 to 1984 he established his own business as a Vinyl/Aluminum Siding Contractor and Industrial Mechanic.  In August 1980, he graduated from Nassau Community College with an Associate in Science Degree for General Studies.  He gave up his business in April 1984 to become a Correction Officer with the New York City Department of Correction.  He completed 8 weeks of training at the NYCDOC, Correction Academy on Rikers Island, subsequently being assigned to the Correctional Institution for Men on Rikers Island.  In May 1986 he was transferred to the Manhattan Court Detention Facility.

His appointment to the New York City Police Department in July 1986 began his career as a Police Officer.  After attending 6 months at the Police Academy he was transferred to Neighborhood Stabilization Unit 17, patrolling the Northeast section of Queens.  In July 1987, he was assigned to the 75 Precinct to patrol the streets of East New York.  While assigned to the 75 Precinct he has been detailed to patrol, latent print technician, Platoon Commander Driver, Planning Officer and School Crossing Guard Coordinator.  In 1996 PO Tarulli was appointed as the 75 Precinct (Patrol) representative to the Weed and Seed Steering Committee attending monthly meetings.  His collateral duties included being the Weed and Seed Coordinator for the precinct working with the U.S. Attorneys Office (USAO), Eastern District and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  He was responsible for providing Crime Data and statistics on Police activity in the Weed and Seed Target Areas.  Monthly, Quarterly and Annual Reports in regard to the success and utilization of Weed and Seed Grant Funds were prepared by him and submitted to the NYPD Grants Unit and DOJ through the USAO ED.

In 1998 he was assigned to the Drug Education for Youth Program (DEFY).  Being that he was still active with the Navy Reserve he was able to pave the way for an Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Military Partner required to conduct DEFY.  At this point in time he performed dual roles as both the Military Liaison and Program Manager for the Drug Education for Youth Program (DEFY).  In 1999, the Navy withdrew from the program when it closed it's facility at Floyd Bennett Field.  SC Tarulli then forged a new partnership with the US Marine Corps as they took control of this facility.

As the Program Manager he was responsible for the planning and execution of 12 DEFY Youth Leadership Camps for 2 precincts and the follow up Mentor program.  He specifically organized and scheduled Staff Training for each of the 12 Programs.  This entailed developing the curriculum, scheduling instructors and speakers. Obtaining a training site that would adequately suit program needs.  During the 12 years he trained over 360 Staff Members.  This also included Staff from the USAO SD which was conducting DEFY in the Bronx and Staff from Poughkeepsie.  He was also instrumental in procuring the Navy Reserve Center, Bronx for that DEFY Program which ran for 3 years.  As the Program Manager he also chaired the DEFY Executive Staff Meetings in preparation for each Leadership Camp.  He organized the staff into working groups and made assignments.  He developed the Youth curriculum and schedule, provided administrative support to the Camp using his own computer and printer.  He was responsible for the procurement of Bus transportation from the target area to the Camp site at no cost to the program.  He further arranged for meals (Breakfast and Lunch) to be provided by the Board of Education at no cost to the program.  The scheduling of educational trips was also one of his duties.  SC Tarulli's support for the DEFY Program was evident in 2004, when funding was not released on time, he used his own personal funds (pending reimbursement) to operate the camp until the Weed & Seed Grant Funds were released.  This insured that the Camp would continue without interruption.

During the initial Phase 1 planning, he was responsible for developing the Program Budget, which he maintained.  Record keeping of all activities and the expenditures was maintained by SC Tarulli, all funds expended were expertly accounted for.  His daily reports and Camp final Report were always thorough and timely.  During the 12 years as Program Manager to the DEFY Camps he put approximately 1000 youths through the Phase 1 Leadership Camp and the Phase 2 Mentor Program.

DEFY originally being a Navy Program that was adopted by DOJ allowed PO Tarulli to also work closely with his Navy counterparts.  He has participated in 11 Train the Trainer Conferences by the Navy and Air Force as a Navy Staff member.  This enabled him to remain current with regard to changes to the program and the curriculum.  Recently, he received a Letter of Appreciation from the Commander, Navy Personnel Command for his work at these conferences.

He prepared to conduct DEFY 2006, even though he was on terminal leave from the NYPD pending his retirement.  He has been recognized by local community leaders, politicians and the Department of Justice for his work with this program most notably, a Congressional Record in the 110th Congress.   His law enforcement career with both the NYC Department of Correction and the NYC Police Department came to an end in December 2006 with over 22 years of service in 2006.  In 2008 SC Tarulli went back to work for the US Dept of Veteran Affairs as a Police Officer. SC Tarulli continues to serve in the U.S. Navy Reserve Component.  SC Tarulli's Naval Career will be coming to an end when he retires in August 2011after 42 dedicated years of service.

"Fair Winds and Following Seas," Senior Chief Tarulli!


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