WASHINGTON D.C. -- For more than 33 years, African Americans in the military engineering community have been recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards or BEYA. The 2019 BEYA awards were presented to nominees who exemplified a personal and professional commitment to the Army's Diversity and Leadership initiatives.

This year during the BEYA conference held in Washington D.C., Feb. 7-9, five Soldiers assigned to the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, earned the honor of being a part of the 2019 BEYA recipients.

Maj. ChaTom Warren, 1st Lt. Liz Moton, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Janson McDowell, Sgt. 1st Class Demarcus Barrow and Staff Sgt. Henry Williams accepted the BEYA awards with Maj. Gen Anthony Funkhouser, Deputy Commanding General for Military an International Operations, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Command Sgt. Maj. Chad Blansett, 130th Eng. Bde's senior enlisted advisor also attended, lending support to recipients.

Background information
Each year, the BEYA STEM Conference brings professionals and students from a wide variety of STEM-related fields together for three days to share their experiences and information.

The goal of the BEYA Conference is to create connections between students, educators and STEM professionals while facilitating partnerships with individuals and their local STEM resources.