This week marks the fifth anniversary of NNSA’s Alarm Response Training (ART) program for local law enforcement and other critical first responders around the country. In the five years of providing this course, NNSA has trained more than 3,000 on-site radiation safety and security personnel, local law enforcement officers, and other first responders on how to respond to a security incident involving nuclear or radiological materials.
The three-day course is held at NNSA’s Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. While at Y-12, participants develop and discuss their own tactics, techniques, procedures, and protocols for responding to a theft or sabotage event involving radioactive materials. After two days of classroom instruction, Y-12 experts facilitate live-action scenarios in which participants get to test their knowledge and exercise their revised response plans.
The ART program is a key component of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI), which works domestically with volunteer sites like hospitals, universities, and industry as well as state and local governments to install sustainable security enhancements for high-priority nuclear and radiological materials.
GTRI achieves permanent threat reduction by converting research reactors and isotope production facilities from highly enriched uranium to low enriched uranium, removing and disposing of excess nuclear and radiological materials, and protecting high priority nuclear and radiological materials from theft and sabotage.
For a fact sheet on NNSA’s GTRI program, click here.
The Future City New Mexico Competition, a unique opportunity for middle school children to use their skills in engineering, planning, writing and art to create a vision for the future, was recently held. Learning about how town infrastructures are built and how resources are shared is essential for ensuring sustainable growth for our communities. More than 70 students from 22 New Mexico schools participated in this event. The winning team was Xenex City from Albuquerque Academy. The program is sponsored in part by Sandia National Laboratories and the National Nuclear Science & History Museum.
Companies from around the Central Savannah River Area had the opportunity to learn from the Savannah River Site’s continuous improvement success stories when SRS management and operations contractor Savannah River Nuclear Solutions hosted the regional Lean Alliance event. The Lean Alliance is a membership-based group of area companies that share best practices in continuous improvement.
One of the success stories presented was an initiative by the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise to right-size and organize its chemical inventory – an effort that reduced the number of chemicals by 95%, which in turn significantly reduced the amount of time involved in the annual chemical inventory for a cost savings of $18,282. Other presentations covered SRNS’ award-winning employee suggestion program, called IDEAS, and several other continuous improvement initiatives.
Anthony Carey is not just focused on developing the next generation of Test Systems for our nation’s military; he’s also focused on developing the next generation of young leaders.
A Technical Manager for the Kansas City Plant, Anthony was honored Jan. 16 at the annual Black Achievers Society of Kansas City event for his leadership both in the workplace and in the community.
The Kansas City Black Achiever’s Society is comprised of nearly 500 African-American businessmen and women who were nominated by their employers over the past 39 years as exemplary leaders in their corporate roles as well as their commitment to the social, economic and educational development of area youth.
In addition to teaching strategic thinking to interns at INROADS (a national nonprofit dedicated to preparing youth for corporate and community leadership), Anthony also mentors high schoolers through PREP KC (a Kansas City-based organization), and coaches soccer, basketball and softball youth teams. As an Engineering Advisory Board Member for Shawnee Mission South high school, he helped determine engineering based academic curriculum for students that support FIRST Robotics and other national events. He also participates in various local community charities including the local Knights of Columbus chapter.
More than 350 DVDs and some 360 teddy bears were collected by Y-12 employees for patients at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.
The DVDs were collected as part of the “DVDs for Joy” campaign, which is the brainchild of KelliAnn Corbett, daughter of B&W Y-12’s Kevin Corbett. KelliAnn and her sisters collected DVDs at some Oak Ridge schools last year, and they invited Y-12ers to join them this year. Kathi Hofstad, ETCH coordinator for volunteer services and programs, said the DVDs gathered have helped create a mobile library where families can check out movies to entertain them during their stay at the hospital.
The Y-12 Employee Society launched the teddy bear collection campaign during December. Bears are given to patients during their hospital stay, eventually going home with them. Volunteers decorated the lobby of Y-12’s Jack Case Center with the bears as they collected them.
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Top, from left to right: AnnMarie Corbett, Lily Matthiessen, KelliAnn, Kevin, Emily and Victoria Corbett deliver DVDs to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. More than 350 DVDs were collected at Y-12 for patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Bottom, from left to right: Y-12ers Karen Dixon, Linda Cantrell and John Buck decorate the Christmas tree in the lobby of Y-12’s Jack Case Center with donated teddy bears. Some 360 bears and other animals were collected for patients at the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
To close out the celebration of Y-12’s 70th anniversary, a short film capturing highlights of the site’s history now is available for viewing on the Y-12 public Web site at http://www.y12.doe.gov/library/videos/70-years-making-world-safer.
The eight-minute film covers the chronology of Y-12 from its beginnings during WWII as an integral part of the Manhattan Project to its current missions for NNSA.
Aaron Brundage of Sandia National Laboratories has been named a 2013 Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Minority in Research Science Emerald Honoree in the category of Most Promising Scientist – Government.
The award is intended to provide guidance to young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
BEYA awards recognize the nation’s best and brightest engineers, scientists and technology experts. They are a program of the national Career Communications Group, an advocate for corporate diversity, and part of its STEM achievement program. Brundage will receive his award at the 28th BEYA conference Feb. 6 in Washington, D.C.
About the photo:
Aaron Brundage of Sandia National Laboratories took to engineering at age 3 when his mom gave him a LEGO 566 kit for Christmas. (Photo by Randy Montoya)
U.S. Congressman Mac Thornberry joined local dignitaries and other visitors at the Pantex Plant Thursday to make their mark on an important wind project at the Plant. The visitors joined NPO and B&W Pantex leaders, as well as representatives from project contractor Siemens Government Technologies Inc., in signing one of the massive wind turbine blades that will become part of the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP). When it is complete this spring, PREP will be the largest federally owned wind farm in the U.S. and will provide more than 60 percent of the annual electricity needs for the Plant.
The ceremony provided stakeholders an opportunity to receive an update on the project, as well as get an up-close look at the wind turbines that make up the project. Each blade weights 11 tons and is 150 feet long. When completed, the towers will stand over 400 feet tall at the blade tips.
Elected officials visiting the Plant included Thornberry, Texas State Sen. Kel Seliger, Texas State Legislator Four Price, Amarillo Mayor Paul Harpole and Carson County Judge Lewis Powers.
U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) visited the National Security Campus on Tuesday for a tour of the new facility. As part of the tour, KCFO Site Manager Mark Holecek described the transformation to a smaller, more efficient facility that will ensure the longevity of NNSA’s mission while saving taxpayers more than $100 million annually. The move from the Bannister Federal Complex to the National Security Campus is expected to be completed ahead of schedule in July 2014.
Sen. Blunt also got an inside look at the Fireset and Reservoir manufacturing areas and saw a demonstration of NSC’s 3D printing capabilities. Additive manufacturing and 3D printing have opened up a world of design options for innovative and timely solutions for the broader national security mission. While additive techniques can create traditional parts, they also allow greater flexibility to create parts that are hollow inside, have a complex geometry, or are even a part within a part.
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U.S. Senator Blunt holds a metal 3D printed part as Interim Engineering Director David McMindes explains how the National Security Campus is printing parts in less time and for less money than traditional manufacturing.
Kansas City Field Office Site Manager Mark Holecek greets U.S. Senator Roy Blunt during his visit to the National Security Campus.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations participated in “DHS Day on the Hill,” sponsored by the House Committee on Homeland Security, last week at the Cannon House Office Building.
The event was an opportunity for each respective Department of Homeland Security component to demonstrate and showcase to members of Congress their unique capabilities and projects which contribute to the broad mission of DHS.
As part of the event, NNSA helped showcase the RadResponder initiative, which is a FEMA-funded software initiative that provides state and local organizations the ability to report and manage environmental radiation monitoring data. During a large-scale radiological emergency, the state and local data will be available to the Federal Radiological Monitoring and Assessment Center (FRMAC) and integrated into the data collected by the FRMAC, providing decision makers a robust set of data to use when taking action to protect the public.
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Representing NNSA (from left to right) was Alan Remick and Dan Blumenthal. Also in photo are Bill Beal, from the Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) at Joint Base Andrews and Bob Allen and Chris Lee from Chainbridge Technologies.