The Kansas City Plant celebrated yet another milestone at the National Security Campus with a recent visit from NNSA’s Steve Goodrum, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Management.
Employees gathered to celebrate the delivery of the continuous and seamless W76-1 Fireset and AF&F production capability throughout the move to the National Security Campus. Being one of the first production areas to move, the team partnered with NNSA and Sandia National Laboratories to identify and procure equipment, tooling, fixtures and gauges in time to support dual operations during relocation.
The effort included:
• 300+ items totaling more than $13 million procured and relocated without incident,
• 10 testers moved and four new testers built, and
• 72 large pieces of equipment spanning across seven different departments moved.
Goodrum spoke about the importance of the work done at KCP as the first facility to pick up and move within the National Security Enterprise and congratulated employees on their efforts on executing on commitments while keeping safety and security a priority.
The National Security Campus is a significant part of DOE’s shift to a more efficient 21st century Nuclear Security Enterprise. The modern campus showcases innovation and cost savings, highlighted by environmentally friendly features and space management.
In January, KCP began the complex task of moving manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment from its current location at the Bannister Federal Complex. Over the 19-month relocation schedule, about 3,000 truckloads will transport more than 2,800 pieces of equipment ranging from desk size to tractor trailer size. Estimates are that the entire move will use 30,000 crates – which if stacked would be more than five times the height of Mount Everest.
About the photos: (above) Goodrum speaks with KCP electrical engineer Chris Donnelly about the importance of the KCP mission. (below) Goodrum congratulated KCP employees for achieving an important production milestone during move to the National Security Campus.
Sandia National Laboratories recently hosted the seventh annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise, a five-day event that brought together civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the country to see who can most effectively defuse dangerous situations with the help of robots.
Pantexans showed their community spirit last week when employees, along with their families and friends, volunteered their time at two local nonprofit organizations.
More than 40 volunteers came to an event called America Supports You, Texas to assemble care packages for our troops in Afghanistan. America Supports You, Texas was founded in 2005 to create awareness and support for active military men and women, as well as veterans in our area. More than 200 boxes filled with snacks, personal care items and books were mailed overseas the next morning.
Another group of Pantexans and their families went to the High Plains Food Bank to lend a hand with its community garden. The garden was severely damaged in hail storms last month. The majority of the garden’s produce benefits children and afterschool programs throughout the year.
The garden has only two full-time employees and relies heavily on volunteers to help out. With the help of the Pantexan volunteers, the garden is expected to recover and produce fruits and vegetables well into the fall season.
Nonprofit organizations received more than $180,000 from Los Alamos National Security (LANS), LLC, during a recent recognition event in Los Alamos.
LANS contributions are determined by the number of volunteer hours logged by Los Alamos National Laboratory employees and retirees through a web-based organization called VolunteerMatch and through the Los Alamos Retired Seniors Volunteer Program (RSVP).