Lempke Seabee Award Hero

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Oct. 22, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) was honored Saturday by the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA) during the 2019 Building America’s Future Gala held in Arlington. SMSA presented the “Can Do Award” to HII for embodying the Seabee “Can Do” spirit through the company’s investment and support of the organization.

“When presented with a moment of choice, we need to stand up and choose to do something of importance that will have everlasting value,” said Michael Lempke, president of HII’s Technical Solutions’ Nuclear & Environmental group, who accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Sponsoring our country’s next generation is undoubtedly something good for our youth and the future of HII.”

In 2018, HII made a four year commitment to expand SMSA’s existing Robert Stethem Memorial Scholarship, which will provide financial support to eight additional students. SMSA is the nation’s only provider of need-based scholarships to the children and grandchildren of America’s fighting Seabees and Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) officers attending accredited colleges and universities.  

The scholarship and USS Stethem (DDG 63), built by Ingalls Shipbuilding, are named after Steelworker Second Class Robert Dean Stethem, the U.S. Navy Seabee diver killed in Beirut during the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985.

Lempke Seabee Award Hero

HII was honored with the Can Do award at the 2019 Building America’s Future Gala in partnership with the Seabee Memorial Scholarship Association (SMSA). Pictured, left to right: Capt. Mike Blount, CEC USN (retired), chairman of the board SMSA; Michael Lempke, president of HII’s Technical Solutions’ Nuclear & Environmental group and Capt. Steve Hamer, CEC USN (retired), executive director SMSA.

About Huntington Ingalls Industries

Huntington Ingalls Industries is America’s largest military shipbuilding company and a provider of professional services to partners in government and industry. For more than a century, HII’s Newport News and Ingalls shipbuilding divisions in Virginia and Mississippi have built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. HII’s Technical Solutions division provides a wide range of professional services through its Fleet Support, Mission Driven Innovative Solutions, Nuclear & Environmental, and Oil & Gas groups. Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, HII employs more than 41,000 people operating both domestically and internationally. For more information, visit:

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