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November 2013

Pantex employees on Saturday got a chance to check out the 2013 Capitol Christmas tree and helped serve snacks to attendees at an event celebrating the visit. The 88-foot tall Engelmann spruce was harvested from the Collville National Forest in Washington and will be erected at the Capitol Building. Babcock & Wilcox was one of the corporate sponsors of the tree tour which will make 22 stops, including Amarillo, Texas, before arriving in Washington, D.C.

Capitol Christmas tree stops in Amarillo

Capitol Christmas tree stops in Amarillo

Tiffany A. Blanchard-Case has been selected as the recipient of the 2013 Linton Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service. She was recognized yesterday for her outstanding service to NNSA and the American people. Former NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks and Acting NNSA Administrator Bruce Held presented the medal to Tiffany.

Tiffany has served with distinction within the NNSA’s Office of Global Threat Reduction. She has led efforts within the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus to secure and remove vulnerable radioactive sources. She has spearheaded projects to improve transportation security and regulations on radioactive source security. Her efforts resulted in the recovery and disposition of thousands of radioactive sources representing the equivalent of more than 5,000 dirty bombs thus, making the United States and the international community safer from terrorism. Her dedication, creativity, and innovative spirit have helped to overcome technical and bureaucratic obstacles and furthered the success of the NNSA’s nonproliferation programs.

Prior to her current position, Tiffany worked within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation as part of the Nonproliferation Graduate Fellowship Program.  Prior to her employment with the U.S. Department of Energy, Tiffany worked in the United States Congress, serving in the office of a legislator in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. 

Tiffany holds a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish Translation from Kent State University.

About the photos:
Top: Blanchard-Case with former NNSA Administrator Linton Brooks (left) and NNSA Acting Administrator Bruce Held (right).
Bottom: Blanchard-Case with her family.

Tiffany A. Blanchard-Case receives 2013 Linton Brooks Medal


More than 500 Pantexans and their families attended Pantex Night at the Don Harrington Discovery Center Sunday. The event featured an exhibit on the extinct Megalodon shark as well as a mummy in the Lost Egypt exhibit. B&W Pantex sponsored the shark exhibit.

Pantex night held at discovery center

Quality New Mexico, the New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Administrator, has announced 13 quality award recipients for 2013, including two Sandia organizations.

Sandia’s Tech Area V earned a Roadrunner award. Roadrunner recipients demonstrate substantial progress in building sound and systematic processes to strengthen overall operations and attain improved outcomes. This is evaluated through an assessment and site visit.

Sandia’s Payroll Dept. earned a Piñon award. Piñon recipients demonstrate commitment and show evidence through their assessment and site visit that they are using systematic processes and data to strengthen overall operations and attain improved outcomes.

The New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards are modeled after the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award. They provide applicants with feedback on strengths and opportunities for improvement, based on the time-tested Baldridge Criteria for Performance Exellence.

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