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January 2013

Seven individuals recently graduated from the Y-12 Apprentice Program at a ceremony held at Y-12. Each graduate spent three to four years with a journeyworker and attended between 144 and 246 hours of classroom training. Read more.



Y-12 historian Ray Smith, left, joins Lincoln Memorial University board of trustees chairman Pete DeBusk in front of the “Scientists Who Changed the World” exhibit in the university’s Math and Science Building. Smith contributed to the permanent display on the main campus of Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn. Located in LMU’s new Math and Science Building, the display pays tribute to nuclear energy research and the subsequent creation of what is now the U.S. Department of Energy. Read more about his work.

NNSA BlogNNSA welcomes Air Force Col. James C. Dawkins Jr. as Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application. He will assist Don Cook, NNSA’s deputy administrator for Defense Programs, in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program, which maintains the safety, security and effectiveness of the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile without underground nuclear testing.

Dawkins has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general.

Most recently, Dawkins served as the commander of the 5th Bomb Wing, Minot Air Force Base, N.D. He was responsible for providing combat-ready B-52H Stratofortress aircraft, crews, and associated combat support for deterrence, crisis response, global power projection, major theater war and maritime operations and Air and Space Expeditionary Force deployments. He also served as the installation commander.

Dawkins was commissioned in 1989 from the Air Force Officer Training School. He is a command pilot with more than 3,000 flight hours in the B-52, B-2, RC-135, F-16CJ and the F-111. He has commanded at the wing, group and squadron level and has served in two joint assignments involving nuclear operations and policy. He served as the deputy director for Global Innovation and Strategy Center at U.S. Strategic Command and as operations officer in the Directorate for Global Operations, J-3, the Joint Staff.

Dawkins has supported Operations Odyssey Dawn, Enduring Freedom, Decisive Guard, Northern Watch, and Southern Watch. He has also deployed as the director of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Joint Operations Center in Afghanistan.

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has published its 2012 annual report highlighting its work applying innovative science and technology to strengthen the nation's security.

See Livermore’s annual report.