|Thomas A. Cropper|
Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper, USN
United States Navy|
United States Maritime Service
|Years of service||
Rear Admiral (USN)|
Rear Admiral (USMS)
Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific (2010-2012)|
California Maritime Academy (2012-)
|Battles/wars||Operation Desert Storm|
Defense Superior Service Medal|
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal
Thomas A. Cropper, is a retired United States Navy rear admiral, who after his retirement from the Navy, was installed as President of California Maritime Academy on July 1, 2012 where he was appointed with the rank of rear admiral in the U.S. Maritime Service.
Education[edit | edit source]
Cropper is a 1981 graduate of Iowa State University. He also earned master's degrees in from the University of Tennessee and Catholic University of America. He is a distinguished graduate of the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
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Operational Assignments[edit | edit source]
Upon his graduation from the Iowa State University, Cropper entered the Navy as an ensign. During his thirty-one-year Navy career, he served in a variety of command and staff positions. He was designated a naval aviator in 1982, followed by operational assignments with 3 aircraft carrier-based jet squadrons. He went on to serve as the commanding officer of a F/A-18 strikefighter squadron and as commander of the air wing aboard USS NIMITZ. Cropper has embarked on eight extended deployments in USS America (CV 66), USS Forrestal (CV 59), USS Enterprise (CVN 65), USS Eisenhower (CVN 69), and USS Nimitz (CVN 68) and flew nearly 5,000 hours in 43 different aircraft while logging over 1200 carrier arrested landings.
Ashore[edit | edit source]
Cropper attended the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, served as a military assistant in the Office of Secretary of Defense William Cohen, and as the Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Brookings Institution. He also led “Strike University” at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, served as chief of staff, U.S. Third Fleet, and headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff Working Group chartered with the development of national level security strategy.
Flag Officer Assignments[edit | edit source]
As a flag officer, Cropper served as Deputy Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, leading and managing over 24,000 people in combat operations as deputy commander, U.S. Naval Forces, U.S. Central Command. as well as Commander, Strike Force Training Pacific, where he directed education and at-sea training for Navy ships and aviation squadrons deploying to the Western Pacific and the Middle East.
Retirement[edit | edit source]
President of California Maritime Academy[edit | edit source]
The fourteenth person to hold this post since the institution’s establishment in 1929, RADM Cropper heads an institution with a student body of some 1100 midshipmen and a waterfront campus covering more than 89 acres (360,000 m2). California Maritime Academy, is located in Vallejo, California, approximately 30 miles from San Francisco, California. It is one of the nation’s prime sources of licensed merchant marine officers and is renowned for its maritime education and training programs. California Maritime Academy a component of one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States and the only one on the West Coast.
Military awards[edit | edit source]
Rear Admiral Cropper's personal decorations include:
Dates of rank[edit | edit source]
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- Ensign: 1981
- Lieutenant Junior Grade: 1983
- Lieutenant: 1985
- Lieutenant Commander: 1990
- Commander: 1996
- Captain: 2002
- Rear Admiral: 2007
Maritime Service[edit | edit source]
- Rear Admiral: July 1, 2012
References[edit | edit source]
This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=476".
- Rohrs, Sarah. "Retiring rear admiral named new California Maritime Academy president". http://www.timesheraldonline.com/general-news/20120530/retiring-rear-admiral-named-new-california-maritime-academy-president. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
- Dan Petty. "Navy.mil Leadership Biographies". navy.mil. http://www.navy.mil/navydata/bios/navybio.asp?bioID=476.
- "CSUM". csum.edu. http://www.csum.edu/web/about/csu-trustees-appoint-thomas-a.-cropper-as-president-of-cal-maritime.
- "CAL MARITIME - CALIFORNIA MARITIME ACADEMY AT VALLEJO - MERCHANT MARINE, TRANSPORT & ENGINEERING PROGRAMS". http://www.edumaritime.com/california/california-maritime-academy-vallejo. Retrieved December 26, 2014.
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