Capt. Timothy Moore, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) executive assistant to the commander, has been selected to receive the Admiral Michelle J. Howard Legacy Award from the Black Engineer of the Year Awards (BEYA).
The award is named in honor of the first Black woman to command a U.S. Navy warship, earn promotions to the two, three, and four-star ranks, and the Navy’s former Commander of United States Naval Forces Europe and Vice Chief of Naval Operations. Legacy Awards recognize outstanding contributions to mentoring and talent development and excellence in the workforce. Nomination applications are reviewed and recommended for an award by a panel of leaders from industry, government, and academia.
“I was surprised and humbled to be selected for this award, especially when I think about the trailblazing legacy of Adm. Michelle Howard,” Moore said. “I credit my wife and daughters for their unwavering support throughout my career.”
Moore described his school-teacher mother as an inspiration for putting emphasis on academics. “I was always interested in learning as much as possible about structures, fluids, and thermodynamics,” he said. “I liked the challenge that these topics presented and the critical thinking required in figuring out how to create something.”
The Fort Valley, Georgia, native attended Hampton University after selection for the Navy’s former Broadened Opportunity for Officer Selection and Training program also known as BOOST. There, he studied architecture and credits the school for reinforcing core values of preparation, competence and community.
“I always thought my goal would be with the civil engineering corps, but I spent my first two tours in Japan at sea in the Surface Fleet. First on the USS Belleau Wood, and then on the USS John S. McCain, where I saw my first live-fire missile event -- I never looked back,” Moore said.
For Moore, this is not his first time being recognized by BEYA. In 2008, he was selected as a Modern-Day Technology Leader. This award recognizes those who are shaping the future of engineering, science, and technology.
“Tim’s impeccable character and rock solid technical ability set the standard for today’s military officer corps,” said Vice Adm. Bill Galinis, NAVSEA commander. “As my executive assistant, I have quickly come to value and trust Tim’s wise and thoughtful counsel and his professional, yet direct and honest feedback. Capt. Moore’s superior performance over his 25 years of naval service captures the true essence of this award that highlights operational, technical, and engineering excellence.”
Having commanded at sea and in acquisition command ashore, Moore emphasized that the importance of the BEYA program is creating visibility for Black professionals in STEM fields.
“There’s a lot of people who look like I do who may not know these types of STEM career opportunities are out there,” Moore said. “It can be done, and you can reach the next level while bringing up others with you.”
For Moore, the award is just one part of his legacy. His daughter has followed in his career footsteps. First, by obtaining a degree in a STEM field and now serving as an active duty U.S. Navy officer aboard a guided missile destroyer.
“It was unexpected that [one of my daughters] would also want to join the Navy, but she said she saw the impact of my career and how much I seemed to enjoy my experiences and the people I worked with every day,” Moore described. “My wife and I are immensely proud of her service and excited to see where the Navy takes her.”
The BEYA honorees are recognized during an annual conference focused on STEM career fields. The conference is hosted by the Career Communications Group’s U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology magazine; the 15-member Council of Historically Black College and University Engineering Deans; and Lockheed Martin Corp.
Other awards and honors for Moore include: the Surface Navy Association’s Award for Excellence in Surface Warfare Research; the Legion of Merit; Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (five awards); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards); and Navy Achievement Medal in addition to various service and unit awards.
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