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August 2013

A former U.S. Army reserve equipment facility on the former Fort Chaffee property in Ark. is now a modernized logistics support site for NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation (OST). The property, which had a commercial value estimated at $30-35 million, was acquired at no cost through the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 1990. The OST Training Command is located at Fort Chaffee.

Transfer of the Army facility was accepted by Jeff Harrell, OST Assistant Deputy Administrator, in April of this year. Constructed in 1984, it had been empty for several years prior to the transfer.

After $1.8 million in improvements, it was recently opened for warehousing of supplies and equipment, office space for thirty-five employees and a fully functional vehicle maintenance facility. The nearly 40,000 square foot warehouse and 29,000 square foot vehicle maintenance facility sit on 39 acres of land. The additional acreage of the facility improves the driver training portion of OST’s agent candidate training class. Now the whole training course can be conducted simultaneously at multiple stations. OST’s Logistics and Property Management Branch moved into the facility from several buildings, which will save OST an estimated $50,000 per year in rental costs.

Personnel moved into the new facility in May and the ribbon cutting took place at the end of June to officially dedicate the facility and recognize individuals who contributed to different phases over the life of the project.

About the photo:
Pictured left to right: Dr. William “Jim” Vosburg, Office of Training and Resources (OTR), Manager; Jeffery P. Harrell, Office of Secure Transportation, Assistant Deputy Administrator; and Mike Callahan, Logistics and Property Management Branch Chief in OTR.

OST opens new logistics support site

On Aug. 23, Sandia National Laboratories received an ASML Scanner as part of the Sandia Silicon Fabrication Recapitalization (SSiFR) project. Once fully operating, the ASML Scanner will help reduce risks to production, research and development at the Silicon Fab (SiFab), specifically for the W88 ALT 380 and B61-12 LEP. The ASML Scanner is a piece of photolithography equipment which is the main component of the production process.

About the photo:
Ken Sheely (far right), NNSA Program Executive Officer and Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Infrastructure and Operations (NA-00), stands in front of the crane that delivered a major new piece of equipment to the MESA Complex. Joining Ken (from left to right) were Jeff Chamberlin, NA-00.1, Dale Hetherington, Sandia National Laboratories, Bill Wechsler, NA-00-SN.

Sandia Silicon Fabrication Recapitalization project underway

Last week, NNSA conducted an advanced course in radiation medical (Advanced I-MED) training in Taiwan. The course provided participants with in-depth information on how to treat injured contaminated patients following a radiation incident. During one of the demonstrations, Dr. Carol Iddins, from the Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education, taught participants how to handle a contaminated injured patient.

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 NNSA conducts hands-on radiation medical training in Taiwan


The NNSA quarterly summary of experiments conducted as part of its science-based stockpile stewardship program is now available. The summary presents descriptions of key NNSA facilities that have recently conducted stockpile stewardship experiments..

The quarterly summary prepared by NNSA’s Office of Defense Programs provides descriptions of key NNSA facilities that conduct stockpile stewardship experiments. These include the Dual Axis Radiographic Hydrodynamic Test facility at Los Alamos National Laboratory, National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Z machine at Sandia National Laboratories.

The U.S. Stockpile Stewardship Program is a robust program of scientific inquiry used to sustain and assess the nuclear weapons stockpile without the use of underground nuclear tests. The experiments carried out within the program are used in combination with complex computational models and NNSA’s Advanced Simulation and Computing Program to assess the safety, security and effectiveness of the stockpile.