ORLANDO, Fla. (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) was a keynote speaker at the 22nd Hispanic Engineer National Achievements Awards Corp. (HENAAC) award banquet in Orlando Oct. 8.
Adm. Gary Roughead recognized Sailors and Navy civilians who have excelled in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). He talked about the great contributions of the Hispanic-American Sailors like retired Rear Adm. Benjamin Montoya, who was HENAACs first Engineer of the Year.
"We are hopeful that other young Hispanic-Americans will pursue their dreams in the Navy the way Ben Montoya did," said Roughead.
CNO went on to talk about the importance and increasingly influential role of STEM within the Navy mission.
"The Navy remains a technologically advanced service, in our ships, submarines and aircraft, and now in the realm of cyberspace where the Navy continues to lead change for the military and the country," said Roughead.
From humanitarian efforts to ballistic missile defense operations, CNO said the Navy relies on high caliber individuals who volunteer for service to maintain the Navy's global responsibilities.
"We have the finest Sailors in the history of the Navy," said Roughead. "We are able to answer the increasing global demands because we are forward, flexible, formidable and fast to respond."
In closing, CNO said events like the HENAAC award banquet and its focus on extraordinary Sailors and Navy civilians in competitive professional fields, help promote a stronger Navy.
"Not everyone will be equipped to lead in the information age, but events like this give me confidence that the Navy's interests in STEM education and diversity in our ranks increasingly converge in the best interest of our national security," said Roughead.
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