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Sunday, December 05, 2010

Cyber Domain Diversity Officer Recognized with National Achievement Award

By Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Kristen Loeding, NETWARCOM Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- The 2010 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Award Corporation (HENAAC) Most Promising Engineer or Scientist – Advanced Degree Award was presented to Navy Cyber Forces (CYBERFOR) force diversity officer Oct. 7.

Lt. Cmdr Mark Venzor received the award during the "Tribute to our Hispanic S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Military and Civilian Heroes" recognition ceremony.

Venzor implemented a domain-wide diversity strategy that integrates national and regional outreach, community service, leadership, mentorship, diversity training, and strategic communication in support of the Navy's and Navy Cyber Forces diversity policy.

CYBERFOR Chief of Staff, Capt. Dee Mewbourne, said Venzor is personally committed to mentoring young people and enhancing diversity efforts across the domain.

"Mark truly believes in the importance of a well-run diversity and community outreach program," said Mewbourne. "He knows that valuing diversity enhances opportunities for all of our team members – which, in turn, optimizes team accomplishments. His focus on mentoring, benefits young people by helping them succeed in school, and these same students may one day take their place as service members defending our country. He's very deserving of this important award, and we're certainly proud of his recognition."

Through various partnerships with the Navy and non-profit organizations, Venzor has conducted numerous motivational and educational presentations to youth. He serves as the National Historian for the Association of Naval Services Officers (ANSO) and as a Director on the National Board of MANA, a national Latina organization. He's also developing his own non-profit organization to provide scholarships to young men and women who are active in their community.

For 21 years HENAAC has recognized the achievements of America's engineers and scientists within the Hispanic community. The purpose of the HENAAC award nomination process is to highlight and honor Hispanic success stories and provide role models to motivate students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

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