Inaugural Gravely Award Goes to Austin
Dr. Wanda Austin received the inaugural Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership and Service Award from the Pacific Battleship Center (PBC) on Monday, Jan. 20.
The award presentation took place aboard the Battleship IOWA in San Pedro.
The PBC recognized Austin for her courageous service and leadership in the community and for demonstrating innovation in her field.
In accepting the award, Austin noted that both Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Adm. Gravely were trailblazers in bringing diversity to the workplace, and that she, personally, had benefited from their efforts.
She went on to say that “at Aerospace, we have taken to heart the contributions made by Adm. Gravely and other pioneers. Following their lead, we, our customers, and our industry partners have put into effect a number of programs that are dedicated to celebrating and incorporating diversity into the workplace.”
More than a dozen Aerospace staff and executives attended the ceremony and were treated to a tour of the IOWA beforehand. During the award presentation, a Los Angeles Fire Department fireboat gave an aerial water salute in honor of Austin.
The Admiral Samuel L. Gravely Leadership and Service Award, which will be conferred annually, recognizes African American leaders in Battleship IOWA’s community who exemplify the trailblazing, courageous service of the late U.S. Navy Vice Admiral Samuel Lee Gravely. Monday’s event was part of Battleship IOWA Remembers, a series of events and ceremonies presented by the PBC aboard Battleship IOWA. The series commemorates national, military, and naval dates of importance.