SAN DIEGO – Naval Sea Systems Command named Lt. Moneé Freas of Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet (SURFPAC), as the Engineering Duty Officer (EDO) Community Diversity Award winner for 2010.
The annual award, now in its second year, recognizes EDOs who have made a positive impact on diversity within or outside their community.
“It was a great honor and a wonderful surprise to receive this award from the Engineering Duty Officer community leaders,” said Freas during the award ceremony, held at Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, Naval Base San Diego. “I am just honored to be a part of it all.”
To be considered for the award, nominees must display exceptional character by distinguishing themselves as leaders and mentors for female or minority officers. The award is based on the recipient’s role in developing programs, leading activities, or influencing educational curricula to produce increased retention and recruitment of women and minorities in the Navy and EDO community.
LT Freas, with the help of fellow EDOs, Lt. Cmdr. Hannah Kriewaldt, Lt. Cmdr. Susan Faulkner and Lt. Sarah Rice, created the Network of Engineering Duty Women (NEW). “It is because of our collective passion, and the support of the EDO flag officers and the Diversity Working Group, that NEW has been successful,” said Freas. NEW is an organization focused on inspiring young women to be interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
"Through her efforts on the Diversity Working Group, Lt Freas has made a substantial and positive contribution to the retention and recruitment of Engineering Duty Officers,” said Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command. “She represents the best of the U.S. Navy, and I'm very proud of her."
Freas received the award and an engraved plaque the day prior to being informed that she had been selected for promotion to Lt. Cmdr., a notable achievement with only seven years as a commissioned officer.
Freas, a native of Arlington, Tx., enlisted in the Navy as an Electronics Technician in 1997. She earned a Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship to Old Dominion University and was commissioned as an Ensign in 2003. Freas earned a Master of Science Degree in Nuclear Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2007, and is currently serving as SURFPAC’s STEM outreach coordinator while managing combatant ship modernization. Prior to reporting to SURFPAC, Lt. Freas was stationed at SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific.