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On the plains of the Texas Panhandle, it pays to be ready for unpredictable and severe weather. The Pantex Plant has risen to that challenge, once again earning recognition from the National Weather Service (NWS) as a StormReady site.

Jose Garcia, meteorologist in charge of the NWS’s Amarillo office, says Pantex was one of the first entities of its kind to become StormReady.

Garcia and other NWS officials were at the plant recently to present Pantex officials with the recertification. He said StormReady status indicates Pantex has the weather sirens, shelters, notification technology and emergency response infrastructure to respond effectively to severe weather.

The StormReady program started in 1999 in Tulsa, Okla., and has since grown to encompass more than 2,000 sites. Pantex was the first nuclear site to earn the designation and remains one of only a handful that has achieved StormReady status.

Pantex has a long history of working with the community, says Alonza Campbell, manager of the Emergency Management Department at Pantex. Pantex maintains contact with the NWS to anticipate storms and other inclement weather conditions. Pantex even uses and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather radios to alert residents living near the plant of emergency conditions.

Dec 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

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NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller recently provided remarks at the annual DOE/NNSA intergovernmental meeting. The meeting brought together state, local and tribal government stakeholders from each of the states and communities where DOE and NNSA facilities are located. The intergovernmental groups were comprised of governors’ senior staff, state legislators, attorneys general, mayors, city/county councilpersons and tribes. Miller talked about the evolution and current status of the DOE/NNSA budget and emphasized NNSA’s commitment to working with states and communities to realize shared vision and objectives.

Dec 18, 2012 at 11:00 am

As part of NNSA’s Small Business Week, today’s profile highlights Cadre5, a full-service technology and design firm located in Knoxville, Tenn. Since 2007, Cadre5 has worked with NNSA through Oak Ridge National Laboratory to develop innovative and state-of-the-art software products and provide other program consulting expertise on multiple projects, most notably the Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI). Cadre5 was the principal developer of G2, GTRI’s award-winning program management information system. Developing G2 has been instrumental in allowing GTRI to accelerate its efforts to secure vulnerable nuclear and radiological materials located at civilian sites worldwide as a centerpiece of President Obama’s nuclear security agenda.

When designing G2, Cadre5 leveraged its experience with private-sector executive reporting and data visualization systems to meet NNSA’s need for project information at more than 8,000 buildings in 100 countries. Cadre5 has been instrumental in addressing complex problems through its own expertise and coordination with NNSA and laboratory subject matter experts. Cadre5’s development of the G2 system has far exceeded NNSA’s expectations.

In 2011, NNSA was awarded the Project Management Institute's Distinguished Project Award in recognition for this effort, a first for any government agency. Cadre5’s use of an agile software development strategy greatly contributed to this achievement and has kept GTRI well ahead of the technology curve. The success that GTRI has had in utilizing G2 and working with Cadre5 is being leveraged with other programs across DOE/NNSA. Utilizing common or similar software solutions, Cadre5 has improved DOE/NNSA’s ability to successfully carry out its mission and realize considerable efficiencies and cost-savings.

Cadre5 has supported its local community through charitable contributions to the Oak Ridge Public Schools Education Foundation, the Boy Scouts of America, and through donating computer equipment to local schools and other organizations. Cadre5 has proven itself not only as an agile small business committed to excellence in the products and services they deliver, but also as a key GTRI team member.

For more information about Cadre5 see: http://www.cadre5.com/index.html

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Dec 18, 2012 at 8:00 am

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LANL employees pledged a record $2.13 million this year to United Way and other nonprofit organizations. With a $1 million matching pledge from Los Alamos National Security, LLC, the total donated during the giving campaign was more than $3.1 million.

Los Alamos Director Charlie McMillan expressed gratitude and pride in LANL employees for spreading a spirit of generosity and concern for the surrounding community, even as the laboratory faces a difficult budget climate.

Read more about the campaign here.

About the photo:
LANL employee P.J. Timmerman in front of the Española Valley Animal Shelter, one of the local nonprofits that will benefit from donations raised by LANL.

Dec 17, 2012 at 3:00 pm

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Federal and contractor employees at the Y-12 National Security Complex recently expressed best wishes to Robert “Dino” Herrera on his upcoming retirement from NNSA. He currently serves as deputy associate deputy administrator, Office of Infrastructure and Construction, in Defense Programs. In this role, Herrera provides executive support to the Associate Deputy Administrator in directing the management of designated programs for the operation and maintenance of select NNSA facilities. Herrera has overseen some of Y-12's recent significant accomplishments, such as installation of a new steam plant, replacement of the site's potable water system and the construction of multiple facilities including a vehicle maintenance shop, records storage building and a technical support facility. 

Above is a photo from the informal reception held for Dino this week, with Steve Erhart (right), NNSA Production Office Manager.

Dec 14, 2012 at 4:00 pm

NNSA BlogLawrence Livermore National Laboratory employees pledged more than $2.5 million in this year's Helping Others More Effectively (HOME) Campaign, a charitable drive that benefits local community and nonprofit agencies in and around Livermore. Combined with Lawrence Livermore National Security's matching donation of $1 million, it was one of the largest drives in HOME's 38-year history.

Since 2007, the HOME Campaign has raised more than $2 million annually. The donations go directly to community groups selected by LLNL employees.

Read more about the donations.

Dec 13, 2012 at 4:00 pm

NNSA Defense Programs recently collected items for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. Hundreds of new and unwrapped toys were collected from throughout Forrestal Building. Don Cook, Deputy Administrator for NNSA’s Defense Programs, presented the toys to the Marines at the annual Defense Programs holiday party today.

Now in its 65th year, the Toys for Tots Program provides toys to less fortunate children during the holiday season.

Dec 13, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Pantexans again hit the road last Friday to raise awareness about hunger in the Texas Panhandle during the second Pantex Run Against Hunger. Byron Logan, an officer from the Pantex Safeguards and Security Division, escorted by four coworkers and a Bearcat armored vehicle, made a 40-mile bicycle ride from Pantex to Panhandle schools and then to Highland Park schools. While at the schools, the Pantexans encouraged the students to support their schools’ food drives and the importance of giving to those who are in need. The students then had an opportunity to explore the Bearcat.

At Highland Park schools, four Pantexans took to the road for a 20-mile run to the High Plains Food Bank’s food drive collection center in Amarillo. Other Pantexans and family members joined them along the route. A group of Pantexans met the runners at the food drive finish line, where they presented a $4,300 check to the food bank. The donation was from Pantex employees to support the runners.

In addition to Logan, the Pantex runners included Randy Stokes, Cliff Cawthon and Sherry Philyaw. Darla Fish joined them for the last five miles of the run.

Dec 10, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Pantex employees helped gather food at Pantex Night at the annual High Plains Food Bank Food Drive Wednesday in Amarillo. Every year, Pantexans volunteer to help gather food during the weeklong drive, which aims to raise 500,000 meals worth of food to help feed the 21,000 families that get meals from the Food Bank on a weekly basis.

Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 am

Savannah River Site employees recently celebrated more than 20 years of support for the U.S. Marine Toys for Tots Program. This year more than 14,200 toys were collected by SRS employees. The 2012 campaign marked one of the largest toy contributions to date at SRS, an effort requiring several large trucks and numerous volunteers. More than 242,200 gifts have been donated by SRS employees since 1991.

This year more than 14,200 toys were collected by SRS employees.

Dec 7, 2012 at 10:00 am