Air Force civilians, cadets receive HENAAC awards|
by Senior Master Sgt. David Byron
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
11/4/2011 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Four Air Force civilians and two cadets were recognized at the 23rd annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference on Oct.7 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
HENAAC is an annual conference produced by Great Minds in STEM, a non-profit organization focusing on educational awareness programs for Hispanic students from kindergarten to career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Three of the civilians received 2011 HENAAC awards. The awards were given for achieving both academic and professional success in their fields.
James Barnett, the engineering director for the Electronic Systems Center's Cryptologic Products Support Division at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and Lewis Rosado, a senior supervisory mechanical engineer for the Air Force Research Laboratory's Turbine Engine Division at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, were both awarded a Military and Civilian Hero Award.
Johan Vicioso, a lead automated test stations engineer for the 410th Supply Chain Management Squadron at Robins AFB, Ga., received the Most Promising Engineer or Science -- Undergraduate Degree Award.
As a 2011 Military Luminary, Yessika Gutierrez, a communications security systems engineer for ESC's Cryptologic System Division at Lackland AFB, was recognized for leading, collaborating and initiating key programs and research within her organization.
Cadet Eli Garduno, a senior at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., received a HENAAC Military Academy Cadet Role Model award. The award recognizes a cadet from each military service academy who not only excels academically but also dedicates their life to the service and defense of the U.S.
Air Force ROTC Cadet Cristina Gonzalez, a student with AFROTC Detachment 027 at Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Ariz., received a HENAAC ROTC Cadet Role Model award. The award recognizes an outstanding college ROTC student from each military service working toward a degree in science, technology, engineering or math.
HENAAC award winners are selected by a committee made up of industry, academic and government professionals.