From left, Coast Guard Lt. j.g Joeseph Schlosser, Coast Guard Officer Trainee Terrell Jackson, Coast Guard Captain Ron LaBrec at the Black Engineer of the Year Award ceremony, February 8, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo.
Terrell Jackson, pictured center, a Coast Guard trainee and senior at Fayetteville State University studying chemistry, received the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) in the Military Leadership category, February 8, 2012 in Washington, D.C.
BEYA highlights outstanding leadership and achievement in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) field.
Jackson's award in the military category represents a culmination of various leadership competencies. His capstone project helps identify and find explosives, to improve the safety of both military members on the front lines and law enforcement personnel working locally in the United States.
Jackson will graduate from Fayetteville in Spring 2013 and is scheduled to begin Coast guard Officer Candidate School (OCS) in August. Upon completing OCS in December, he will report to his first Coast Guard unit. He says he aspires to become a pilot.