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NNSA names Nicole Nelson-Jean as Livermore Field Office managerNicole Nelson-Jean has been named as manager of NNSA’s Livermore Field Office, where she is responsible for providing oversight of the national security missions at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Nelson-Jean has more than 23 years of relevant experience in the areas of environmental management, infrastructure, nuclear safety, nuclear security, nuclear energy, nonproliferation, business and contract management. She has worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, the Los Alamos Field Office, and the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation at NNSA Headquarters, and has served in several positions abroad, including Vienna and Tokyo.

Nelson-Jean has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in political science, a master’s degree in strategic security studies, and has completed the Leadership for a Democratic Society Program at the Federal Executive Institute.

LLNL employs 6,300 people and has an annual budget of approximately $1.6 billion and government-owned assets of more than $10 billion. 

Oct 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

Thirteen teams at Y-12 received NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center. A total of 209 recipients were recognized, with several participating on more than one team. In total, 235 awards were presented for significant achievements in 2013.

NNSA’s newly appointed Uranium Program Manager Tim Driscoll gave the keynote address. “I’m here today as a patriot, a citizen, a father, a friend to some of you, and as a customer,” Driscoll said. ”These awards are a testament to the good work that goes on here every day at every level. They’re a testament to the loyalty and dedication of all those involved.”

Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects, and Jim Haynes, CNS president and chief executive officer, joined Driscoll in presenting the awards. ”The hard work that happens here is what makes the Nuclear Security Enterprise what it is,” Padilla told the crowd.

Haynes said that often Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes garner praise but that Y-12 workers are just as deserving of being in the spotlight. “You are the real heroes. You are creators of solutions. You do the yeoman’s work for our nuclear security,” he said. “How refreshing it is for you to be recognized instead of those who walk the red carpet. You do the critical front-line work for our nation.”

Established by NNSA in 1982, the Defense Programs Awards of Excellence recognize significant individual and team accomplishments across the nuclear weapons complex in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program. The awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.

Y-12 employees receive awards recognizing excellence in nuclear weapons programDefense Programs 2013 Award of Excellence recipient Penny Cunningham receives congratulations from Jim Haynes (far left), CNS president and chief executive officer, Tim Driscoll, NNSA uranium program manager, and Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects. Thirteen teams at Y-12 received DP Awards of Excellence for 2013 at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center.

Y-12 employees receive awards recognizing excellence in nuclear weapons programDefense Programs 2013 Award of Excellence recipient Justin King receives congratulations from Tim Driscoll, NNSA uranium program manager (far left), CNS president and chief executive officer Jim Haynes, and Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office’s assistant manager for programs and projects. Thirteen teams at Y-12 received DP Awards of Excellence for 2013 at an annual ceremony held recently at the New Hope Center.

Oct 8, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Pantex and Y-12 employees have been taking advantage of free flu vaccine shots offered at each site in preparation for the upcoming winter months. The practice, which has been an ongoing service for decades at each site, is also good for the community because fewer residents are susceptible to the bug, which means they aren’t spreading it to coworkers, friends or family members.

Pantex, Y-12 prepare for flu seasonPantex nurse practitioner Tiffany Shadle administers a flu shot during the opening day of the annual Flu Clinic.

Pantex, Y-12 prepare for flu seasonNurse Melissa Davis gives the flu vaccine to one of the more than 2,300 employees who took advantage of Y-12's “Flulapalooza.” 

Oct 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Los Alamos and Sandia national laboratories this week hosted two U.S. senators as part of a Congressional delegation visit. Senators Deb Fischer, R-Neb., and Angus King, I-Maine, toured and learned about the work done at the two labs that help achieve NNSA’s nuclear security mission.

NNSA BlogAs part of the visit to Sandia, the Congressional delegation received a tour of Sandia’s MESA facilities. From left to right: Geoffrey Beausoleil, Manager, Sandia Field Office; Dr. Jerry McDowell, Sandia Deputy Labs Director & Executive Vice President for National Security Programs; Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator; Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; Dr. Paul Hommert, Sandia President and Laboratories Director; and Sen. Angus King, I-Maine.

NNSA BlogMembers of the Congressional delegation get a historical briefing on a flag that was given to LANL after World War II. From left to right: Gen. Frank Klotz, DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Sen. Angus King, I-Maine; Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb.; and Charlie McMillan, LANL Director.

Oct 7, 2014 at 11:00 am

As we focus on our day-to-day work, it’s sometimes easy to miss the many accomplishments that contribute to NNSA’s important and enduring mission. Here are a few news items from around our organization that demonstrate mission success, as well as our commitment to effective management and efficient operations:

We recently achieved several milestones within the Stockpile Stewardship Program that ensures our Nation’s nuclear warheads are safe, secure, and effective. This week, we reached the halfway point for production of the W76-1 warhead. This is a remarkable achievement for Defense Programs and our lab and production plant teams who have guided this Life Extension Program from being a design to a certified product for delivery to our Navy partners.

We have also completed tests for other weapons systems that have all been resounding successes. These include joint flight tests for the W78 and W80-1 systems; a flight test measuring performance of the W88 ALT 370 new radar system; and for the B61-12, a successful wind tunnel test and fit checks on various aircraft including the F-15, the F-16, and soon the B-2.

Additionally, we have been working at an impressive pace to use our unique facilities to their fullest potential in support of stockpile stewardship without nuclear testing. Our efforts continue to deliver high quality data for the advanced assessment and certification of the Nation’s stockpile. The National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory has completed nine target shots per week for the past two weeks, all yielding valuable data to provide insights into how our weapons work. The Z Machine at Sandia National Laboratories and JASPER at the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), have both executed numerous experiments for the validation of advanced computational models.

We also continue to advance our critical nuclear nonproliferation mission. Last week, Secretary Moniz led the U.S. delegation to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the annual policymaking meeting of all 162 IAEA Member States. The General Conference passed resolutions establishing policies on nuclear security, strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of safeguards, and nuclear safety. The language in these resolutions affirmed the close alignment of NNSA's nuclear nonproliferation mission with issues of central importance to the international community.

These accomplishments represent only a small sample of the awesome work being done within our organization. It may seem routine to many; however, it is worthy of kudos and recognition.

Frank Klotz

“Mission First, People Always”

Oct 2, 2014 at 9:00 am

DOE Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz recently presented the Gold Medal of Excellence for Distinguished Service to Doug Dearolph, manager of the Savannah River Field Office. The medal is the highest honorary award granted by NNSA and was presented to Dearolph in recognition his dedication and commitment to public service and the mission of NNSA.

The award reads: “Your leadership, communication and organizational skills ensured stability and continuity of operations during a time of organizational transformation in the Office of Defense Nuclear Security, NA-70. Your unwavering service for more than six months at Headquarters as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator, NA-70 and then as Acting Associate, NA-70/Chief, Defense Nuclear Security has not only significantly benefited the Office but the entire NNSA. Through your personal sacrifice, support and leadership of the Defense Nuclear program, you have contributed immeasurably to the overall security of the NNSA and the United States of America.”

Doug Dearolph receives NNSA's Gold Medal of Excellence

Sep 30, 2014 at 11:00 am

Y‑12ers donated more than $2,000 and numerous school supplies to ensure students in need have everything required to start the school year. Working with Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties (ADFAC), employees donated money along with 144 notebooks, 132 boxes of crayons, 111 packs of pencils, 80 reams of paper and 66 packs of glue sticks.

“Employees once again shared their giving spirit with those in our communities,” Y‑12 United Way Chair Yvonne Bishop said. While the event precedes the site’s formal United Way campaign kickoff, Bishop said site employees always are ready to respond. ADFAC volunteers use the donations to provide backpacks and school supplies to fulfill more than 7,000 requests for assistance.

“What struck me the most was the passion the volunteers had for their mission. Even with the number of children they serve, each one of the backpacks was customized,” CNS Vice President and Y‑12 Site Manager Bill Tindal said. “They took into account the teacher supply list, the gender, the age of the child, and the school system and filled the backpack with specifically what that child needed.”

ADFAC, which began in the 1980s, works to meet the unfilled needs of community members. To find out more about ADFAC, visit their website (www.adfac.org) or call 865-483-6028.

About the photo: CNS Security Police Officer John Fellers (left) and Y-12 Site Manager Bill Tindal deliver school supplies to the Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties office.

Y-12 donates school supplies to ADFAC

Sep 29, 2014 at 3:00 pm

More than 100 individuals from several National Security Campus teams received recognition this week for their work supporting NNSA’s Defense Programs.

Mike Roberts, KCFO Manager of Stockpile Management, presented the awards in a special ceremony on September 22 to the six teams, including the B61-12 Spin Rolamite Harvesting and Reuse Team; B83 Alt353 Production Team; Common Tester Architecture Design Team; DLC Coating Development Team; Forgings Development Team; and Preflight Case Assembly Team. The seventh award went to NSC engineer Wesley Mossinghoff for his design of a new Zero Insertion Force connector for inertial switches. 

The awards recognize on an annual basis the contributions of work performed in support of the Stockpile Stewardship Program. The awards are given for significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of the nuclear weapons program.

DP awards showcase collaboration at NSC

Sep 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

OneVoice, the employee/community newsletter for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS), was recognized recently with two awards in the 2014 Better Newspapers Contest, sponsored by the Nevada Press Association. 

OneVoice Co-editor Lory Jones received a first-place award in the category of Community Journalism for weekly or monthly newspapers with circulations of 10,000 or less for her December 2013 story on the volunteer efforts of NNSS employees during the holidays. OneVoice Layout Design Editor David Wieand received a second-place award, also in the Community Journalism category, for his September 2013 design of a special “back-to-school” section of the newspaper.

Both Jones and Wieand are employed by National Security Technology, the managing and operating contractor for the NNSS. They competed against staff members from dozens of weekly and monthly newspapers from across Nevada. The contest attracted hundreds of entries which were independently judged by a panel of newspaper editors from South Dakota.

NNSS Newsletter recognized with news awards

Sep 26, 2014 at 2:00 pm

The Y‑12 National Security Complex recently completed another improvement in its site infrastructure with the demolition of Building 9744, a former utilities and maintenance facility occupying more than 9,000 square feet.

Despite structural issues and waste disposal concerns, the facility was safely demolished nearly two months ahead of schedule.

The demolition proved challenging due to the deteriorating facility conditions, precluding the standard approach of entering the facility to minimize hazards and remove hazardous waste prior to the demolition.

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Y-12 demos former utilities and maintenance facility

Sep 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm