Samuel Perez was recognized as one of the 2011 HENAAC Military and Civilian Honorees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics during the 23rd Annual HENAAC Conference Oct. 6-8 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Perez is branch chief, Illumination and Smoke Mortar Cartridges, at the Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) here.

ARDEC Director Dr. Gerardo Melendez presented the award.

"His efforts have led to the research, development, production and fielding of new capabilities for the warfighter," Melendez said.

"One of his many key milestones includes his leading of the first of its kind interactive Infrared Illum Mortar Cartidges CD-ROM, which is being used to train infantry units."

Perez thanked his family and Army colleagues for his opportunity to the serve the country.

"Today, I don't celebrate what I receive but what I have given to others using my talents and abilities through my work and church," Perez said.

HENAAC, formerly the Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference, is now called "Great Minds in STEM."

Last year, Perez received the 2010 LATINA Style Distinguished Service Award for his support of the DoD mission as well as serving as a role model in his agency and the community.