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Adm. Gary Rougehead congratulates recipients of the Black Engineer of the Year Award  
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BALTIMORE (NNS) -- Surface Navy Sailors were honored as "Modern Day Technology Leaders" at the 24th annual Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) on Feb. 20.

The awards are part of the three-day conference that recognizes men and women from around the country who demonstrate outstanding performance in a technical field and show great potential for shaping the future course of engineering, science, math and technology.

"We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of these men and women," said Lt. Cmdr. Sonya Brown-Conner, Diversity Community Outreach officer, Naval Surface Forces. "The Navy as an organization is made strong through diversity of thought, background, and experience. This award is a testament to their individual contributions in developing and maintaining that capability."

"I am most excited about the opportunity to use my selection as an example to young Sailors," said award recipient Lt. j.g. Lemont King, USS San Jacinto (CG 56). "I want to show them that in today's Navy, regardless of race, gender, religion, or where you come from, with determination and mentorship, the possibilities are endless."

Seven of the 15 Surface Navy award winners, traveled to Baltimore to receive their award in person. They participated in BEYA professional events, mentored United States Naval Academy midshipman attending the conference from the United States Naval Academy, served as judges in student robotics competitions, and met with senior naval leadership.

"Being named a 'Modern Day Technology Leader' and given the opportunity to attend the BEYA conference gave me and the other attendees the chance to learn about leadership mentorship on a level that we might not otherwise have been exposed to," said award recipient Lt. Lori Rose, Navy Recruiting Region East. "The level of involvement from senior officers, both retired and active duty, is remarkable. I walked away from the BEYA conference with lessons in history, leadership, and mentorship that will prove invaluable throughout the coming years as I continue on my journey as a naval officer."

Surface Warriors recognized at this year's ceremony include King, Rose and Lt. Cmdr. Leroy Mitchell, Destroyer Squadron 15, Lt. Cmdr. Mario Freeman, USS Harry S. Truman, (CVN 75), Lt. Cmdr. Ray Glenn USS Harry S. Truman, (CVN 75), Lt. Brandon Giles-Summers, USS Ponce, (LPD 15), Lt. Terrence Frost, USS Truxton, (DDG 103), Lt. Yolanda Carter, USS Mesa Verde, (LPD 19), Lt. Cedric Edwards, USS McInerney, (FFG 8), Lt. LaDonna Gordon, USS Bulkeley, (DDG 84), Chief Warrant Officer Oliver Cummings, USS Fitzgerald, (DDG 62), Senior Chief Electrician's Mate Darrell Johnson, USS Simpson, (FFG 56), Electrician's Mate 1st Class Osarobo Omeregie, USS Donald Cook, (DDG 75), Electrician's Mate 2nd Class Kenneth Adams, USS Chung-Hoon, (DDG 93), and Gas Turbine Systems Technician Mechanical 2nd Class Richard Epps, USS Benfold, (DDG 65).

For more news from Naval Surface Forces, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnsp

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