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Little to recieve Black Engineer of the Year Award

The Democrat Reporter of Linden, Alabama

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Musheerah Little, now a lieutenant serving in the United States Navy in Norfolk, Va., will soon become a recipient of the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA). This award is given to both civilians and military persons who excel in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM).

Lt. Little is the daughter of Preston Muhammad and Betty Robinson, both of Linden. She has two brothers and four sisters.

A 1995 graduate of Linden High School, Little will soon receive a special award.

Little joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 1994 and attended the University of Alabama where she studied Electrical Engineering and graduated in 2000. Upon graduating, she joined the U.S. Navy where she has served as an officer for eight years.

"It is an honor to be recognized for what you have done," Little said in a telephone interview from Norfolk. "This award means so much to me. To be to be named in the same company as the former winners is also an honor," said Lt. Little.

Little said she joined the Navy because it offers lots of opportunities for African American women to serve and excel.

"The Navy has allowed me the opportunity to show what I can do," she said referring to the $41 rnillion in projects she managed in 2008 alone.

Navy Captain William Vaughn, Little's superior officer, recommended her for the award that is bestowed upon recipients annually in Baltimore, MD.

Lt. Little acknowledged that she could be sharing the stage with some intimidating military figures. Those people include Adm. Mike Mullen who is the ' 17th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the nation's highest ranking military officer. Though he is fifth in command of the United States, Mullen is also scheduled to make remarks at BEYA in support of the Navy's effort to further diversify its ranks.

The Navy has a very aggressive program designed to reach top-performing minorities throughout the country in an effort enhance its national defense.

In addition to Adm. Mullen, Vice Adm. Adam Robinson will also be in attendance BEYA.

Vice Adm. Robinson is the Navy's Surgeon General and the Chief of the Navy's Bureau of Medicine and Surgery. He is also ultimately in charge of the medical staff (Doctors, nurses, and corpsmen) who are currently deploying to Haiti in the wake of the 7.0 earthquake that occurred Jan. 12. The quake, ravaged the country and has already claimed the lives of more than 180,000 people.

Vice Admiral Robinson is being honored at BEYA as the Medical Officer of the Year.

If Lt. Little were able to attend BEYA she might be able to share the stage with these two celebrity admirals. Instead, she expects to be deployed to Haiti in about a week and her deployment could last six months. During Little's deployment she will be in charge of installing an Elevated Cause System to up and offload cargo ships and will be the commander of the Amphibious Construction Battalion JJ from Litde Creek, VA.

Lt. Little says she is looking forward to beginning the mission that is designed to help the Navy help the Haitian community by allowing large supply shipments of to reach the shore.

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Original Publication Date: February 4, 2010

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