SAN PEDRO, Calif. – September 12, 2023 – The National Museum of the Surface Navy (NMSN) has selected Ms. Stephanie C. Hill – executive vice president, Rotary and Mission Systems at Lockheed Martin – as the recipient of the 2023 Vice Admiral (VADM) Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., Leadership Award.
The award is given annually to a leader who exemplifies the courageous service of its namesake. The late VADM Samuel L. Gravely, Jr., is broadly recognized for his trailblazing achievements as the first African-American naval officer to command a U.S. Navy warship and be promoted to flag rank.
NMSN chose Ms. Hill to receive this prestigious honor in recognition of her significant contributions to the mission success of the U.S. Navy through her distinguished career in the defense industry. Throughout her 36 years with global aerospace and defense technology company Lockheed Martin, Ms. Hill has directly supported many vital U.S. naval weapons systems programs. She has also demonstrated a noteworthy commitment to uplifting others as a mentor and tireless advocate for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education and other philanthropic programs that empower people from all backgrounds to succeed personally and professionally.
“VADM Gravely had an extraordinary career of selfless service to our country,” said Ms. Hill. “He has served as an inspiration for generations of sailors and civilians alike, including me. Thank you to the leadership of the NMSN for this incredible honor, and for keeping VADM Gravely’s remarkable legacy alive.”
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