HII Recognized with Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year Award

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Photo caption: Katina Adams, center, socio economic business liaison manager at HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division, accepts the Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year Award on behalf of HII from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC) during the award gala Nov. 14, 2023. Pictured left is Scott Jensen, NVSBC executive director, and at right is Edward Tuorinsky, NVSBC board president (Photo courtesy NVSBC).

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., (Nov. 28, 2023) — HII (NYSE: HII) was recently recognized with the Veteran Small Business Advocate of the Year Award from the National Veteran Small Business Coalition (NVSBC). The award specifically focused on the work accomplished by HII’s Newport News Shipbuilding division.

NVSBC is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that provides training, networking, and advocacy for veteran small business entrepreneurs in the federal market to ensure they are procurement ready and have enhanced access to opportunities to start, operate, sustain, and grow competitive and strong businesses serving federal agencies and other government contractors.

HII won in the “Prime Contractor Representative or Team” category for exceeding expectations in advocating for veteran-owned small businesses and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses. NNS continually demonstrates its commitment to these businesses by participating in, supporting and sponsoring numerous veteran-related outreach activities.

“Our suppliers, from coast to coast, are at the heart and core of what we do here: building the world’s most capable nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines for the U.S. Navy,” said Cullen Glass, NNS vice president of supply chain management. “We are grateful for this recognition as we continue our commitment to ensuring our diverse supplier base reflects opportunities for all.”

“NVSBC and the veteran small business community greatly appreciates HII’s partnership and demonstrated leadership in advocating for and bringing strong business opportunities to the veteran small business community,” NVSBC Executive Director Scott Jensen said. “This is a well-deserved recognition of their commitment.”


This recognition follows HII’s recent honor of the 2023 Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) Vets Medallion Award. The HIRE Vets Medallion Award from the U.S. Department of Labor is the only federal-level veterans’ employment award that recognizes a company or organization’s exemplary commitment to veteran hiring, retention and professional development.


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HII is a global, all-domain defense provider. HII’s mission is to deliver the world’s most powerful ships and all-domain solutions in service of the nation, creating the advantage for our customers to protect peace and freedom around the world.

As the nation’s largest military shipbuilder, and with a more than 135-year history of advancing U.S. national security, HII delivers critical capabilities extending from ships to unmanned systems, cyber, ISR, AI/ML and synthetic training. Headquartered in Virginia, HII’s workforce is 44,000 strong. For more information, visit:

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