Virgin Islands Trailblazers Attend 2019 BEYA Awards


Washington, D.C. Virgin Islanders (VI) were recognized and well represented at the 15th Annual Stars and Stripes Military Dinner, hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 2019.


Highlights of the event included the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, Dr. Olivia Hooker Honor, Gospel/R&B Singer BB Winans, and the award presentations. Other VI attendees included Col. (Promotable) Jeth B. Rey, U.S. Army, Mrs. Monique Doute-Ferrel, U.S. Army Senior Service Executive, Brigadier General Deborah Howell, U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard, Mr. Mr. Adrian Gardner, FEMA, Senior Service Executive. The 2019 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Dinner event is posted at the following link courtesy of Career Communication Group, Inc:

U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant Commander Karima Hantal (nee Greenaway) was featured in a video which is posted online courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard at: Hantal says, “In 2017, my home, the U.S. Virgin Islands was hit by two category 5 hurricanes, the Coast Guard was there, engineers were there rebuilding, and this was personal.”


A U.S. Virgin Islands native, LCDR Hantal graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. Following graduation, she served as an Engineering Officer in Training aboard the USCGC DAUNTLESS in Galveston, TX. In 2007, she continued to hone her Naval Engineering skills at the Maintenance & Logistics Command Atlantic, Norfolk, VA, which was renamed Surface Forces Logistics Center (SFLC) in 2009, during the CG modernization period. Between 2007-2010, LCDR Hantal planned and executed depot level maintenance and repair contracts for the CG’s Inland River Tender and Icebreaking fleet, including the first scheduled dry-dock for the CGC MACKINAW valued at $13M. Hantal works at Coast Guard Headquarters Office of Design and Engineering Standards, Human Element and Ship Design as a marine safety engineer. In this role, she administers a third-party delegation program for design, construction, & certification of more than 450 commercial U.S. vessels.

During the week, more than 500 students attended the 33rd anniversary of the BEYA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Conference. Students met corporate executives and recruiters and took advantage of onsite resources and mentoring to enhance their academic career, as well as to get tools for a successful STEM career.

An Opening Night Alumni Welcome Reception on Thursday February 7 and a Modern-Day Technology Leaders Luncheon with more than 40 career development seminars preceded the Stars & Stripes Dinner. On Saturday February 9, the conference offered an opportunity to join the Engineering Deans for a breakfast followed by the Deans’ Roundtable. The STEM Career Fair for students and professionals draws on-site recruiters from Lockheed, Boeing, Gulfstream, Chrysler, IBM, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, the military and many more STEM employers.


Notes to Media:



Admiral John Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations

Admiral Karl Schulz, Commandant of the Coast Guard
General James C. McConville, U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff

Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, U.S. Marine Corp. Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command
Brigadier General Deborah Howell, U.S. Virgin Islands National Guard

U.S. Virgin Islanders:

Col. (Promotable) Jeth B. Rey, U.S. Army Executive Officer to the Chief Information Officer/G-6
Director of operations, G-3, U.S. Army Cyber Command, Fort Belvoir, Virginia

Mrs. Monique Doute-Ferrel, U.S. Army Senior Service Executive
Director of the Army's Sexual Harassment/Assault Response & Prevention Program

Time: 2:36

Mr. Adrian Gardner, FEMA, Senior Service Executive

**Lieutenant Commander Karima Greenaway-Hantal, US. Coast Guard Presentation Time: 58:34 minutes

Diana Isidore, US. Coast Guard (Retired) Wounded Warrior Recognition Time: 35: 46 minutes

Austin Callwood, Commander US. Coast Guard (Retired)


Event Highlights:

U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard Time: 18:30 minutes

Invocation Time: 29:22 minutes

Dr. Olivia Hooker Honor Time: 1 hr. 3 minutes

Gospel/R&B Singer Time: 2 hr. 10 minutes
BB Winans Performance

Award Presentations Time: 2 hr. 57 minutes