John F. Adams chief of the Jacksonville District Construction Operations Division was presented with the William R. Murden Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA).
Kurt Luedtke president of DCA presented the award at a reception in Washington D.C. on June 9. The award is for outstanding service in navigation and dredging.
Adams has full responsibility for management of the Jacksonville District’s construction operations and maintenance programs which exceed $200 million. He is a key staff advisor to the Jacksonville District Engineer.
He took over as chief of the district’s Operations Branch in 1990 and also served as assistant division chief during that time.
He has been a member of the Western Dredging Association since the 1970’s serving as an officer in the Eastern Chapter since 1992 and as a board member since 2002.
He has been an active member of the Industry Corps Hopper Dredge Management Group a forum that addresses Corps/industry dredging issues. In his position with the Jacksonville District he has sought ways to improve dredging efficiency and of maximizing maintenance dredging to the extent program funds have been available.
Adams received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Citadel in 1968 and served in the U.S. Army for two years including one year in Vietnam as a combat engineer platoon leader. He then joined the Jacksonville District where he has spent his entire career. He was chief of the Regulatory Branch from 1976 to 1990 at which time he was appointed chief of Operations. He will retire on July 30 after a 36-year career and plans to remain involved in WEDA and the dredging industry on a part time basis.
John Adams is pictured with Kurt Luedtke president of DCA at the National Dredging Meeting on June 9. Luedtke presented the award to Adams that evening at a reception at the Rayburn Office Building.