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Marine awarded for 27 years of excellence

By Sgt. Melissa Karnath, Defense Media Activity

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. -- Lt. Col. David Everly, junior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense, was recognized at the Black Engineer of the Year 11th Annual Stars and Stripes Dinner Feb. 19, 2016, at the Philadelphia  Marriott Downtown Grand Ballroom in Philadelphia.

The Black Engineer Year of the Award and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program conference took place February 18-20 and brought together youth from around the country who have excelled and established distinguished performance and accomplishment in a technical field.

 “I’m extremely humbled to be honored today,” said Everly. “The support of my family is always what has made me successful. The Marine Corps has allowed me to be a better father, husband and ultimately a better person.”

Lt. Gen. Ronald Bailey, the Deputy Commandant Plans, Polices and Operations at Headquarters Marine Corps, introduced Everly and highlighted his devotion and selfless commitment to all commands he has served with during more than 27 years as a Marine.

“If you’re looking for excellence in military hands-on experience, look no further than Lt. Col. Dave Everly,” said Bailey. “Lt. Col. Everly epitomizes our values of courage, honor and commitment as a role model and a mentor.”

Everly said BEYA and the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program supports young men and women and gives them an opportunity to better grow their futures.

“BEYA allows the Marine Corps to come to an event that is centered around students who are interested in STEM,” said Everly. “The Marine Corps is dedicated to finding the next future Marines, who may be at this conference, who are dedicated to innovation and teamwork, seeing tomorrow’s problems and wanting to solve those problems.”

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