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January 2013

A celebration was held yesterday to honor  Brig. Gen. Sandra Finan, NNSA's Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application, for her service and commitment to NNSA. Finan has been selected to serve as commander of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Acting NNSA Administrator Neile Miller, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Don Cook, and others presented Finan with tokens of apperception to Finan.  

Finan has been at NNSA since January 2011. Prior to NNSA, she served as the Inspector General of the Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) at Barksdale Air Force Base. She entered the Air National Guard in 1982 as an enlisted cryptographic equipment repairperson. Finan received her Air Force commission in 1985 as a distinguished graduate through Officer Training School.

Finan will succeed Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak. He has been selected for reassignment as Assistant Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters United States Air Force, Pentagon. A change of command ceremony is planned for Feb. 7 in Albuquerque.

Mike Roberts, Kansas City Field Office, was among the Secretarial Appreciation Award honorees recently at DOE in Washington D.C.

Roberts was recognized for Excellence in Project Management for his contributions as the Federal Project Director of the newly constructed $750 million replacement facility for NNSA’s Kansas City Plant. To meet a cost reduction target of $100 million annually for the Kansas City Plant, Roberts established a multi-agency project team of more than 45 federal and contractor engineering staff that used third-party financing to construct a 1.5 million square foot industrial facility with LEED gold certification in 29 months. Despite the complex nature of NNSA component fabrication requirements, the project was completed on time and within budget.

During the past two years, The Secretary of Energy has presented more than 60 individual and team awards to recognize Management and Operational excellence in support of the DOE’s vision for transformational clean energy, science, and security solutions that are significant, timely and cost effective.



For the third consecutive year, NNSA leadership hosted mayors from cities across the country while they were in Washington, D.C., for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors.  

Former NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino, acting NNSA Administrator Neile Miller and Associate Principal Deputy Administrator Michael Lempke met with the mayors representing major metropolitan cities and local communities, including Livermore, Danville, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Calif.; Albuquerque, Santa Fe, N.M.; Kansas City, Mo.; and Knoxville, Tenn.

NNSA leaders appreciated the opportunity to strengthen relationships with the leadership representing the communities where NNSA laboratories, plants, and sites are located and look forward to continuing to advance the nation’s nuclear security agenda with their partnership.

For the second year in a row, Pantex has been nominated by the Department of Energy and NNSA for an award in recognition of its efforts to research and protect migratory birds.

Pantex will represent the DOE/NNSA in the competition for the 2013 Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award, which has been administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service since 2011. Each federal agency is eligible to nominate one project or action conducted by or in partnership with a federal agency.

Read about the recognition.

About the photo:
Jim Ray, Pantex wildlife biologist, releases a Swainson’s Hawk after fitting it with a tracking device. The Swainson’s Hawk study is only one of several initiatives that led to Pantex being nominated to represent DOE/NNSA in the Presidential Migratory Bird Federal Stewardship Award.