Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Crowley Maritime Corporation, was presented with the prestigious National Transportation Award from the National Defense Transportation Association, at the group's annual logistics forum and exposition in Nashville, Ten.
NDTA Chairman Ray Ebeling made the presentation to Crowley at the Chairman's Awards Dinner, the highlight of the multi-day event. Richard Haynes, executive director, Military Sealift Command (MSC), was also honored as the Department of Defense Distinguished Service Award recipient, and Col. Joseph (Joe) Torsani, Jr., USA (Ret.), chairman of NDTA's Council of Regional Presidents, was recognized with the NDTA President's Award.
Crowley, whose father, Thomas B. Crowley, Sr., was recognized with the same award in 1970, thanked Ebeling, NDTA President Kenneth Wykle, the NDTA Board and distinguished guests for the recognition, and he said he was pleased to accept on behalf of the 4,300 Crowley employees around the world who help provide a wide variety of Crowley services to the DOD and government.
"We're investing in the American flag, a proud tradition in our 117-year history," Crowley said. "Over the past 10 years, we've committed over $1 billion to build tugs, barges and ATBs. All of these units are US-built, US-flagged, US-crewed and Jones Act qualified. I firmly believe that the way we keep America strong is that we invest in American ship yards, American jobs, and in the American merchant marine."
"Our defense work stretches from the most remote part of the DEW (Distant Early Warning) line at Fort Yukon in Alaska to Soto Cano in Honduras to Apra Bay in Guam," he said.
Crowley began re-supplying remote DEW Line sites back in the early 1950s with tugs and barges. Today the company supports the DFAS mission by providing quality petroleum products through out Alaska by direct barge delivery as well as via our highway & marine terminals.
Petroleum is used in military and other aircraft, marine equipment, vehicles, generators and heaters. Customers include US Air Force, FAA, US Coast Guard, Army, National Guard and Department of the Interior installations throughout the state.
In Soto Cano, Honduras, under military contract USC 06, Crowley provides a myriad of logistics services at this US base.
"In Apra Bay, Guam, we recently delivered the port cranes for Horizon and Matson," Crowley said. "These cranes are an essential component in conditioning Apra to receive the military build up from Okinawa."