Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Employee Receives National Community Service Award

Photo Release -- Newport News Shipbuilding Employee Receives National
Community Service Award

NEWPORT NEWS, Va., Nov. 19, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) employee Joey Meléndez was recognized Friday for
outstanding community service by the Society of Professional Hispanic
Engineers (SHPE). Meléndez, a systems engineer for the company's Newport News
Shipbuilding (NNS) division, was presented with a 2012 SHPE STAR Award during
the organization's annual national conference in Fort Worth, Texas.

Joey Melendez
 HII employee Joey Melendez
 received the Society of
 Professional Hispanic
 Engineers' STAR Award
 for outstanding community

A photo accompanying this release is available at

"It's quite an honor to be recognized for my service to the community,
especially from a great national organization such as SHPE," Meléndez said.
"This award means a great deal to me because it highlights my passion for STEM
and education. I'm so grateful to work for a great company that supports these
endeavors and allows for the flexibility to be involved."

Meléndez joined NNS in 1999 as a test engineer on hull, mechanical and
electrical systems for aircraft carrier overhaul and the Virginia-class
submarine program. He is currently assigned as a lead systems engineer for the
Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier program and other special projects. When
he's not working, Meléndez facilitates fellowship among the region's Latino
community through the Southeast Virginia professional chapter of SHPE, which
he co-founded in 2004. He also fosters awareness of STEM education by engaging
students, teachers and community leaders as an active participant in a host of
community service and civic organizations.

Jennifer Boykin, NNS' vice president of engineering and design, nominated
Meléndez for the SHPE STAR Award. "Joey's commitments to the success of our
business, to his community and to the nation all reflect on his strong sense
of doing what's right," she said.

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder.
Employing more than 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California,
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