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NEWS | Dec. 22, 2020

Federal Executive Board Recognizes Two Warfare Center Employees for Work with Diversity and Inclusion

By Esmi Careaga NSWC Port Hueneme Division

Two Naval Surface Warfare Center, Port Hueneme Division (NSWC PHD) employees received recognition from the Federal Executive Board during the command’s year-end All Hands and Awards ceremony held virtually Dec. 9.

Administrative/Technical Specialist Ramona Armijo in the planning, policy and analysis branch of human resources, and Combat Systems Engineer Christopher Fava were each honored with the 2020 Public Service Award for Diversity and Inclusion from the Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board.

Armijo received the award in person, while Fava joined the ceremony via Microsoft Teams.

Armijo has garnered national levels of recognition for her work with multiple agencies representing ethnically and culturally diverse employees at PHD.

In 2020, Armijo helped raise the national profile for female employees at PHD with her two-woman awards team, which helped generate a record-setting 13 nominations.

U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services Western Regional Director Kathy Baran represented FEB virtually at the All Hands event, and emphasized the impact Armijo and Fava’s accomplishments have had on PHD’s workforce.

“Armijo is an impassioned advocate for helping the workforce through improved diversity and inclusion strategies to extinguish social pain and continuously develop process improvement,” Baran said. “Her efforts emphasize the importance of promoting fairness and decreasing social pain resulting from bias, micro-aggressions and discrimination.”

Fava and his work were also recognized, as he is one of the founding members of NSWC PHD’s Special Emphasis Program LGBTQ+ and Allies Group. He now helps foster respect, awareness and inclusion within the PHD workplace through the group.

“He takes pride as an agent of change while empowering all colleagues to be their best selves,” Baran said.  “His initiatives and tireless efforts toward raising the profile of diversity and inclusion, particularly for LGBTQ+ employees, strengthen cohesion of the workforce through continuous education and extra-curricular programs.”

NSWC PHD Technical Director Paul Mann selected Fava to serve on the Magic of Inclusion panel at the Leadership in a Diverse Environment II Conference in Washington, D.C. in December 2018.

This year, Fava helped organize the command’s LGBT Pride Month observance, and also attended the national Creating Change Conference in Dallas, Texas.

He has raised a total of $51,000 outside of work by participating for the past 11 years in the annual AIDS/LifeCycle charity bicycle ride from San Francisco, California, to Los Angeles, California.

“Armijo and Fava clearly exemplify the best traditions of public service and reflect great credit upon themselves, their agency and the entire federal government,” Baran said. “They are truly deserving of this Greater Los Angeles Federal Executive Board’s Public Service Award.”