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Did you know Army General Johnnie E. Wilson led the creation of the Aviation and Missile Command?

Since the general retired in April 1999, he has worked tirelessly with the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA) in Science Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Conference to increase the numbers of minorities in missile and aviation systems.

This year, the Johnnie Wilson Legacy Award went to a civilian engineer at the Missile Defense Agency.

Jacqueline Martin is a laboratory operation lead in the agency’s Advanced Research Center.

She has contributed to more than 300 tests in fielding a ballistic missile defense system to defend the United States, its deployed forces, allies, and friends against all enemy ballistic missile.

Martin supports one of the agency’s applications called Hardware-in-the-Loop; software development of ground test exercises, War Games, threat scenarios,  training, and analysis.

The highest-ranking African-American female in her organization, Martin travels and partners with core leadership, to expose young minds to the power of geographic information systems and attract new scientists and engineers.

Some of Martin’s favorite books are Black History Month classics.

They include The Good Earth by Pearl Buck, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou, Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington, and Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley.

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