Great Minds in STEM™ is the gateway for Hispanics in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). The organization announced its 2011 Military Luminaries Aug. 3.
A U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command noncommissioned officer, Sgt. Maj. Matthew De Lay, is one of six awardees from across the Department of Defense for the prestigious award.
“In my personal dealings with Sergeant Major De Lay, I find him to be a consummate professional Soldier with all the personal skills, leadership techniques and situational awareness to not only perform his missions, but to constantly exceed expectations,” wrote Executive Deputy to the Commanding General Gary Martin, RDECOM, as part of the nomination.
“Sergeant Major De Lay consistently demonstrates personal and professional initiatives to improve the delivery of technology to the Warfighter,” wrote RDECOM G-3 Col. Cris Boyd.
De Lay, formerly the RDECOM G-3 sergeant major is currently deployed to Afghanistan where he serves as noncommissioned officer-in-charge of a forward technology center.
Over the course of his 23-year career as a noncommissioned Officer in the U.S. Army, De Lay has deployed to theater five times, each time demonstrating unquestionable leadership, dedication to duty and outstanding performance each of the unique missions assigned to him, according to his award nomination.
Great Minds in STEM will present the luminaries with their awards at The Salute to our STEM Military and Civilian Heroes Dinner on Thursday, October 6 at an Orlando, Florida conference.