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WOMEN OF COLOR AWARD WINNERS


one of the eight women currently serving in the United States Army holding this prestigious rank. Maj. Gen. Bingham has shown dedication to enhancing career opportunities for officers, noncommissioned officers, civilians and individuals she mentors. Over the course of her career Maj. Gen. Bingham has been the recipient of numerous military and civic awards, a few of which include: the Defense Superior Service Medal Army Achievement Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Iraqi Campaign Medal; NATO Service Medal; Global war on Terrorism Service Medal. She is authorized to wear the Join Staff Identification Badge. Maj. Gen. Bingham has truly established herself as an outstanding officer. Her leadership style and character will leave a legacy that will last for decades.


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT – GOVERNMENT


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overseeing Search and Rescue missions, and assigning aircrews to multiple joint agency exercises and pollution response scenario trainings across the state of Alaska.


Lt. Menze has shown extraordinary dedication to strengthening the community. In response to a 2009 Coast Guard Diversity Initiative, she dedicated hundreds of off duty hours to design a program providing students access to scholastic mentorship by all levels of Coast Guard unit leadership. Her initiative was recognized as the first formal Coast Guard sponsored club, and as the first time Coast Guard personnel were allotted the use of the school’s curriculum hours.


She expanded her efforts to inspire diversity by establishing the Tampa Bay area National Naval Officers Association chapter. Her incredible enthusiasm and drive has nearly tripled membership and won the chapter the Outstanding New Growth Award.


PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT – INDUSTRY


LCDR Jeanine Menze Aviator


U.S. Coast Guard


t. Jeanine Menze’s lifelong passion for aviation has led her to a successful career with the United States Coast Guard. While attending college at Florida International University (FIU), she earned her private pilot certificate in the fall of 1999. Soon thereafter she pursued and obtained an Instrument rating, and then earned a Commercial Pilot certificate in the fall of 2000. The following summer Menze earned her Flight Instructor certificate and Advanced Ground Instructor certificate - ratings that less than 15 percent of pilots ever achieve.


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On June 24, 2005 Lt. Jeanine Menze made history by becoming the first African-American female aviator in the 224-year history of the United States Coast Guard. She has since achieved the highest possible military aviation rating in record time.


Lt. Menze currently serves as the Air Station Zodiak Assistant Operations Officer, the most demanding and important role available to Air Station officers in the rank of Lieutenant, and, a position usually reserved for more senior officers. She is in charge of coordinating operations of five HC-130 aircrafts,


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Marachel Knight VP- Program Management AT&T


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She is currently responsible for leading AT&T’s strategic program office, which focuses on programs important for the evolution of the business including AT&T’s LTE, cloud, Universal Services Platform (USP) and project stream (video). It is a big responsibility, but she handles the challenge with grace and professionalism.


She previously served as chief of staff for the office of the senior executive vice president of AT&T Technology and Network Operations (ATNO). ATNO is a major part of AT&T, as it includes the company’s global IT and network strategy,


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s. Marachel Knight has experienced many impressive professional achievements since joining the AT&T


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