For Immediate Release

Release No. APA 84-00
November 21, 2000
Contact: Rebecca Trexler
Phone: 202-267-3462


WASHINGTON, DC — Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Jane F. Garvey today named United States Army Lt. Gen. Michael A. Canavan as the new associate administrator for FAA's office of civil aviation security. Canavan is expected to start in his new position Dec. 4.

"I am extremely pleased that Mike Canavan has accepted this important position with the FAA," Garvey said. "His vast experience in overseeing the defense of our nation will make him a strong leader as we work with industry to ensure security for the flying public."

Since 1998, Canavan has served as chief of staff for the United States European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, where he coordinates the command's operations in Europe and most of Africa. In this position, he advises the commander and deputy commander in chief, and is responsible for the day-to-day coordination and operation of 1,400 joint staff overseeing 100,000 U.S. forces in the European Theater, Middle East and Africa.

Before his appointment as chief of staff, Canavan held a number of important positions, including serving as the commanding general for the Joint Special Operations Command from 1996 to 1998, commanding general for Special Operations Command Europe from1994 to 1996, assistant division commander for operations for the 82nd Airborne Division from 1993 to 1994, and commanding general for the Training and Doctrine Analysis Command from 1992 to 1993.

Canavan has held a variety of command and staff positions in Vietnam, Thailand, Germany, the Republic of Korea, and the United States—including service with the 10th Special Forces Group, 5th Special Forces Group, 6th Special Forces Group, Joint Casualty Resolution Center, 9th Infantry Division, 82nd Airborne Division (two tours), XVIII Airborne Corps, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Special Operation Command (two tours) and the 7th Infantry Division (Light).

His combat operations include service in the Republic of Vietnam as commander, 1st Battalion (A-401), IV Corps Mobile Strike Force, 5th Special Forces Group, and a later tour in Thailand and Vietnam as a search team leader, Joint Casualty Resolution Center. He also served as a battalion executive officer with the 82nd Airborne Division in Operation URGENT FURY in Grenada. Some of his many contingency operations include PROVIDE COMFORT in Northern Iraq, JOINT ENDEAVOR in Bosnia, and ASSURED RESPONSE in the evacuation of Liberia.

Canavan enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1966 and served as a combat engineer. He was later commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Infantry after graduating from the Infantry Officer Candidate School in Fort Benning, Ga.

Canavan is a graduate of St. Martin's College, the U.S. Army Command and Staff College, and the Army War College. Some of his many military awards and decorations include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Canavan calls Surfside Beach, S.C., his home.

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