PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - A Picatinny engineer received a prestigious LATINA Style Distinguished Service Award during the 6th Annual National LATINA Symposium in Washington, D.C. Sept. 9.

Sandra Gomez, an electrical engineer in the Acoustics and Networked Sensors Division, Fuze and Precision Armaments Technology Directorate, Munitions and Engineering Center of the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, received the award for her outstanding civil service.

This award presents the only national awards program honoring Latinas serving in the Armed Forces and this prestigious award is given to only one civilian and one active duty member from each military service.

Gomez has been instrumental in the acquisition and fielding of acoustic sensor technology that effectively maximizes the application of resources for the warfighter.

She also serves as the subject matter expert for the PILAR systems, known as the M1 Fixed Site and M2 Vehicle Mounted Gunfire Detection System, and is a technical liaison with industry, service members and other government agencies.

Gomez actively provides support to ARDEC and the Research Development and Engineering Command's recruitment efforts at colleges and professional conferences, as well as participating in RDECOM seminars.

She has also served as the face of RDECOM in the in the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation, otherwise known as HENAAC, Magazine representing Hispanic civilian engineers in the Army.