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February 2012

NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino and Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller hosted New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez, Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, and Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam while the governors were in Washington, D.C. during the bi-annual National Governors Association meeting this weekend.

NNSA leadership recognizes that governors serve as a source of strength not only in advancing NNSA goals in states where NNSA laboratories and production plants are located, but also in strengthening the organization’s relationships with other key federal and state officials to move the nation’s nuclear security agenda forward.


Finan ROTC
Approximately 80 ROTC cadets, midshipmen and cadre from California, Oregon, Nevada and Arizona attended the recent ROTC Day at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL). The event helps strengthen the relationship between NNSA, LLNL and the Department of Defense.

ROTC Day included an overview of LLNL's mission and a distinguished panel discussing “Future Careers in the Military and the Role Science and Engineering Will Play.” Panel members included Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan, US Air Force and Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, Office of Defense Programs, NNSA; Dr. L. Wayne Brasure, US Air Force and Executive Director, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center; LTC David R. James, Commander, US Army; CDR Tim Unrein, US Navy, Naval Postgraduate School; Dr. James C. Petrosky, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, Dept. of Engineering Physics, Air Force Institute of Technology; Thomas F. Gioconda, US Air Force (Retired) and Deputy Director for LLNL; George Sakaldasis, US Air Force (Retired), Assistant Director for Military Affairs for LLNL.

The afternoon involved tours of the National Ignition Facility (NIF), the High Explosive Application Facility (HEAF) and the National Atmospheric Release Advisory Center (NARAC).

Gen. Finan discussed her nuclear career experience, followed by a series of table top demonstrations and exhibits, allowing participants a chance to focus on LLNL projects that address their individual areas of interest.


Pantex science bowl winners
Members of the Amarillo High School Science Bowl Team savor their victory along with Mark Padilla, assistant manager of Contract Administration and Business Management at the Pantex Site Office, who was on hand to present the awards at Saturday’s Pantex High School Science Bowl. Amarillo High School won the event after a tense final round competition, edging out second place Lubbock High School in two straight games to take home the title. Amarillo High will represent the area at the National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C.

About 150 volunteers helped to run the event, which marked the 21st year Pantex has sponsored the Science Bowl competition.

Michelle Foster of Y-12 Facilities, Infrastructure and Services, demonstrates the use of an ultrasonic detector with Oak Ridge High School sophomores Morgan Grady, left, and Samantha Bell at Y-12's New Hope Center on Thursday, Feb. 23, during the Introduce a Girl to Engineering event. This was a first-time Y-12 event in recognition of National Engineers Week (Feb. 19-25).

Some 400 9th-12th grade girls from area schools were encouraged to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The girls were able to interact with women working in the engineering fields and experience hands-on activities at this event. Organizations, including Women in Nuclear, the American Nuclear Society, the National Society of Black Engineers and the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, also were on hand to talk with the girls.