Port Association Awards Corps Civil Works Deputy Director 'Career Achievement Award'
U.S. Army Corps’ Thomas F. “Fred” Caver Jr. Receives Tribute for Significant Port Industry Contributions During Long Career
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (April
6, 2005) — The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the
organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere, at a
special event yesterday during its annual Spring Conference, presented retiring
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Works Deputy Director Thomas F. “Fred”
Caver, Jr., with a Career Achievement Award.
The award honors Caver’s many contributions to the port industry during
his nearly 36-year career with the Corps.
“Among his many contributions, Deputy Director Caver has
been instrumental in helping implement AAPA’s Quality Ports Initiative between
the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. public port industry,” said Kurt
Nagle, referring to the Association’s efforts to make
substantial improvement in the partnership between U.S. seaports and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers. “This partnership is crucial to ensure our nation’s
navigation infrastructure will be able to handle the future growth in domestic
and international shipping volumes that are already straining our ports,
harbors and waterways.”
In his current role, Caver assists the Corps’ Civil Works
Director in managing and directing the programming, planning, design,
construction, operations, maintenance and dredging activities of the Army Civil
Works’ $5 billion annual program.
Previously, Caver served as Chief of the Corps’ Programs
Management Division in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for proposing
the scope, direction, content and options for the Civil Works’ entire
long-range and annual programs. He also
coordinated the justification and the defense of program resource requirements
and oversaw its implementation.
“Prior to coming to Washington, Fred Caver spent many years
in the Lower Mississippi Valley Division at Vicksburg, helping the public port
industry by planning and designing critically needed navigation projects and,
particularly, by providing the leadership to make those projects a reality,”
remarked Nagle. He added that Caver’s
staunch advocacy for ports within the Administration and to Congress occurred
at perhaps the most trying time in Corps history, “which made his achievements
and his tenure with the Corps all the more remarkable.”
AAPA Chairman Gary LaGrange, who also serves as president
and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, presented the Career Achievement Award to
Caver. More than 200 legislators, governmental staff members and port industry
leaders took part in the Spring Conference event, which ran April 4-5.