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May 2013

Y-12 earns national Best Workplaces for Commuters designation

Y‑12 National Security Complex was recently recognized for meeting the National Standard of Excellence, awarded by Best Workplaces for Commuters (BWC).

BWC is an innovative program that encourages sustainable transportation. Qualified employers receive national recognition and designation for offering commuter benefits, and this year marks the second year Smart Trips and BWC have recognized local companies.

The Sustainability and Stewardship group estimates that Y‑12's compressed work week prevents more than 190,000 vehicle miles traveled each week and eliminates about 4,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

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About the photo:
Durand Carmany shares how Y‑12's 4/10 schedule and on-site taxi service help make Y‑12 one of the Best Workplaces for Commuters. Sara Martin of Smart Trips looks on.

Savannah River Nuclear Solutions awards family scholarships

Fifteen students have each won a $3,000 Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC (SRNS) Family Scholarship, received at a special ceremony held recently. The winners are sons and daughters of SRNS employees.

This program rewards graduating high school students on the basis of general ability, leadership, and scholastic achievement, recognizing the top students participating in the competition.

About the photo:
Westminster High School student Caroline Powell discusses her college and career plans with Savannah River Nuclear Solutions Executive Vice President & COO Fred Dohse. Powell received a $3,000 scholarship from SRNS during the recent Family Scholarship Awards ceremony, where scholarships totaling $45,000 were awarded to 15 area students.

Los Alamos IT Specialist Jerry Massee

Jerry Massee, a member of the Los Alamos Field Office Cyber Security Team, recently earned recognition as New Mexico Federal Employee of the Year by the New Mexico Federal Executive Board.

Massee provides oversight of the Information Technology and Records Management programs at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The two programs account for $250-$300 million of the lab’s $2.1 billion annual budget. As the local interface with NNSA’s Headquarters IT office, Massee spearheaded discussions with the Department of Energy regarding the impact that changes in IT requirements would have on LANL. The dialogue resulted in an alternative solution that saved the lab several million dollars and minimized adverse impacts to major software upgrades. The solution also led to significant savings for other contractors across the NNSA enterprise.

More than 100 Pantexans attended the annual Armed Forces Day Celebration at Pantex Wednesday. For more than 15 years, Pantex has hosted a lunch and ceremony to honor those who fought to keep our country free. This year, the Pantex Fire Department Honor Guard presented the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of the National Anthem.

More than 700 Pantexans are veterans of the armed forces.

About the photo (top left):
Victoria Hofeldt, Petty Officer, Second Class, U.S. Navy, speaks at the annual Pantex Armed Forces Day Celebration. Hofeldt, who is married to a Pantexan, was the guest speaker and was on hand to speak about the importance of supporting our military personnel. Seated next to Hofeldt is Pantexan and retired U.S. Navy Commander Dave Butler.

Pantex celebrates Armed Forces Day

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