WASHINGTON (NNS) -- A Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) engineer received the Department of Defense's 2010 Outstanding Employee with a Disability Award Dec. 7 at an awards ceremony in Bethesda, Md.
Anthony Battisti received the award for his work in improving Sailors' standard of living aboard ships.
Battisti, a 29-year civil service employee who was born deaf, designs shipboard living areas for Sailors at NAVSEA.
He has served in the shipboard habitability field for more than 15 years, developing ship design proposals that support personnel needs and ship readiness.
"It's an honor to be recognized," said Battisti. "I'm thankful to the Navy for giving me the opportunity to do the job just like anybody else."
Battisti's accomplishments include designing shipboard living areas that can be adjusted to reflect the gender composition of a ship's crew. He has also worked with ship design managers and program offices at NAVSEA to implement habitability requirements for new and in-service ships, supporting Sailors' living needs. NAVSEA benefits from the ingenuity that comes from the diversity of its workforce.
"Mr. Battisti's background as a naval architect and engineer brings a lot of perspective and experience to the habitability field," said Karole Davidson, NAVSEA lead engineer for Integrated Warfare Systems Engineering. "He's had a profound influence on Sailors' improved living conditions."
Dr. Cliff Stanley, under secretary of defense for Personnel and Readiness, presented the award to Battisti, while Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia III represented the Department of the Navy at the ceremony.
"Our warfighters are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Battisti's skill and knowledge designing their living areas," said Garcia. "His hearing loss hasn't stopped him from serving as a role model for all DoN employees."
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