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Cal Maritime Hosts Transportation Leader

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Cal Maritime president Thomas Cropper.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Cal Maritime president Thomas Cropper.

Oct. 18, 2012
By Elizabeth Chapin

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood made a special visit to Cal Maritime Oct. 11, where he officially commissioned newly-appointed president Thomas Cropper as a Rear Admiral in the United States Maritime Service. During his visit, Secretary LaHood also addressed cadets and toured the training ship Golden Bear.

As Secretary of Transportation, LaHood leads an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget that oversees the nation’s air, maritime and surface transportation missions.

LaHood was joined by Maritime Administrator David Matsuda, who provided remarks during the commissioning ceremony of President Cropper and accompanied him during the campus and ship visit.

Soon after LaHood’s visit, it was announced that Cal Maritime would be among the nation’s six state maritime academies to share an additional $2.3 million from a federal government program that recycles obsolete vessels.

The U.S. Department of Transportation says Cal Maritime will get nearly $393,000 in funding.

“With the majority of our goods moved over water, well-trained merchant mariners are critical in supporting our nation's security and economy," said LaHood. "This money will help ensure that the men and women at our academies get the training they need to keep our country's economy moving forward today and well into the future."

Click here to view more photos from Secretary LaHood's visit and the commissioning of President Thomas Cropper.