In recognition of a most significant contribution to the improvement of the material condition of our Nation's Sealift maritime forces.
Thomas G. Connors has contributed significantly to the readiness posture of the nucleus fleet ships of the Military Sealift Command. Never before has Military Sealift been faced with an engineering challenge greater than that posed by and resulting from the Gulf War. In 1990, at the start of the Gulf War, Mr. Connors organized a response team composed of in-house engineers along with activated Naval Reservists to provide a continual assessment of the material condition of the ships involved in the lift. The information gathered allowed for informed decisions to be made concerning asset utilization during the most critical phases of the war. After the cessation of hostilities, Mr. Connors developed a plan to provide for the phased removal from service and reconstitution of critical ships to ensure that our Nation would be fully capable of meeting its next sealift challenge. Subsequently, when the ships were being reactivated to deliver food and other critical supplies to Somalia, their material condition was much improved over that which was observed during the Gulf War.
At this point in our country's history, when sealift is beginning to be recognized as an absolutely vital national asset, Mr. Connors' accomplishments are particularly important. His contributions over the past three years to the improvement of the operational engineering and material condition of the Military Sealift Command fleet are truly deserving of the Claud A. Jones Award for 1992.