NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application Brigadier General James C. Dawkins, Jr., recently visited both NNSA Production Office sites to present Defense Programs Awards of Excellence. The Defense Programs Awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety, or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.
At the Pantex Plant, Dawkins presented awards to 88 members of five different teams who worked on projects ranging from metallography of weapons components to analysis of plastic bonded explosives to work on the B53 and B83 weapons. In his comments, he emphasized the importance of the work done at Pantex to help ensure the safety of the country through maintenance of an effective nuclear deterrent. Dawkins was joined by NNSA Production Office Manager Steve Erhart and B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery in making the presentations.
At the Y-12 National Security Complex, five teams, consisting of more than 90 federal and contractor employees, were recognized for their work the past year. Joining Dawkins to present the awards was Mark Padilla, NNSA Production Office Assistant Manager for Programs and Projects; Chuck Spencer, B&W Y-12 President and General Manager; and Bill Tindal, B&W Y-12 vice President for Production.
Pantex has set a new safety record with the lowest recordable case rate in the plant’s history.
The record total recordable case rate of 0.26 is a fitting end to an outstanding year in safety. In January, Pantexans set a record for working more than eight million man hours without a lost time injury. In addition, Pantex was once again honored as one of the outstanding sites in the complex with the Star of Excellence from the Department of Energy’s Voluntary Protection Program.
More than 100 individuals from several Kansas City Plant teams received recognition this week for their work supporting NNSA’s Defense Programs.
Jeff Shoulta, KCFO Manager of Stockpile Management, presented awards in a special ceremony last month to the KCP Production Team, the KCP/Sandia Collaborative Design for Manufacturing Team, and Diana Blackburn for her individual contribution to the KCP Transformation planning process.
The annual awards recognize work that contributes to 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.
Forty-one SRS and four Sandia employees were honored for excellence in support of NNSA's Defense Programs. Doug Dearolph, manager of the Savannah River Field Office, presented NNSA Defense Programs Awards of Excellence to one individual and two teams for their “significant achievement in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.”
- Rick Poland, for leadership of the Federal Working Group on Industrial Digital Radiography
- The Tritium Control Room Operator Training Team, Thomas F. Davis and Shawn P. Adair
- The B83 Alt 353 Implementation Team, led by Jennifer Rice with 38 other Savannah River Tritium Enterprise employees, along with four Sandia employees
Poland was honored for his multi-year work as Director of the Federal Working Group on Industrial Digital Radiography to develop unified standards for digital radiography, allowing this modern replacement for film X-rays to become a truly useful tool across Defense Programs work.
The Tritium Control Room Operator (TCRO) Training Team was honored for developing the training process that qualifies employees as Control Room Operators in multiple facilities. Traditionally, a Control Room Operator was qualified in one facility, then worked there for a period of time before going back into training to achieve the other facility qualification. Simultaneous qualification as a TCRO in both facilities increases proficiency and flexibility. When the first group of multi-facility TCRO trainees took their oral qualification exams, the final step in full TCRO qualification, the qualification board members were impressed at their knowledge and ability to understand not just individual systems, but how all of the various systems interface.
The B83 Alt 353 Implementation Team was honored for significant accomplishments in support of the alteration that will replace the reservoirs and Gas Transfer System hardware in the B83 weapon. The work, which included pinch weld development, function testing to validate new design configuration, and trainer hardware production, was symbolized by excellent partnering and communication among various groups within the Savannah River Tritium Enterprise (including personnel from Tritium Operations and Savannah River National Laboratory) and Sandia National Laboratories.
Above (left to right): Savannah River Field Office manager Doug Dearolph presents awards to Thomas Davis, Rick Poland and Jennifer Rice.
Dan Cloyd, Senior Counterintelligence Officer at Los Alamos National Laboratory, recently discussed the highly publicized “Russian Illegals” case at a Pantex classified briefing. Cloyd was the executive manager of the Illegals case for the FBI, in which numerous Russian spies lived and worked in the U.S. under assumed names before being arrested in 2010. Cloyd was at that time the assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division.
The Pantex Counterintelligence Department hosted the classified briefing by Cloyd to help reinforce the necessity for all Pantexans to protect sensitive and classified information and to be alert for adversaries who might seek to acquire that information.
B&W Pantex volunteers dish up barbecue at the recent Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Good Times Celebration and Barbecue Cookoff. For more than a decade, Pantex has been a leading contributor at the event, which is the Chamber’s largest fundraising event of the year. Pantex firefighters cooked up more than 500 pounds of meat for the cookoff.
National Security Technologies LLC, (NSTec) the management and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) near Las Vegas, has provided more than $2 million over the past five years to scholarships and grants in support of science, technology, engineering and math in southern Nevada and across the country.
From partnerships with at-risk elementary and middle schools, to internships and programs at the collegiate level, the site is reaching out to students to ensure that the future’s workforce gains much-needed experience in support of national security. Such efforts also help the state of Nevada retain talent. NNSS contributes to more than 3,400 jobs and an economic impact in the state of approximately $1.5 billion annually.
Members of the 2013 NNSA Defense Programs Science Council include, from left to right, Steven Trujillo from Sandia National Laboratories, Cris Barnes from Los Alamos National Laboratory, Steven Wyrick from the Savannah River National Laboratory, who represents NNSA's production sites, Ronald Streit from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Kathleen Alexander from NNSA headquarters who serves as chairperson of the council.
The Science Council was re-established in 2010 by Deputy Administrator of Defense Programs, Don Cook, to investigate and explore cross-cutting science, technology and engineering issues and opportunities that have an impact across NNSA. The Science Council supports the NNSA’s Defense Programs in a wide range of areas including promoting the best science and technology throughout the enterprise, analyzing stockpile planning and hedge strategies, and communications such as support to the NNSA Stockpile Stewardship and Management Plan development. In addition, the Science Council also supports the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, Office of Counterintelligence, DoD and other federal agencies in areas aligned to Defense Programs interests. The Science Council has representatives from each of the three NNSA national security laboratories and one person representing the production sites.
NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations recently hosted Illinois emergency responders during an Aerial Measuring System (AMS) Technical Exchange meeting at NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) in Las Vegas, Nev.
The technical exchange consisted of sharing information regarding techniques, processes, systems, capabilities and data analysis for aerial radiological measuring. As part of the exchange, AMS flights were conducted in the Las Vegas area and at the Nevada National Security Site.
The Illinois AMS Technical Exchange involved the state’s Illinois Emergency Management Agency and Illinois Department of Transportation representatives exchanging information with members of the NNSA AMS and Radiological Assistance Program (RAP) teams. The primary goal was to discuss how the state and federal emergency response units can effectively collaborate when responding to nuclear/radiological events.
The exchange was part of NNSA’s ongoing emergency preparedness and response outreach. NNSA currently collaborates with multiple domestic and international organizations on projects to improve emergency preparedness and response programs, as well as on activities to improve emergency management infrastructure worldwide.
B&W Y-12 recently donated $10,000 to the Children’s Museum in Oak Ridge to help support the museum’s programs, including its planned Healthy Living exhibit. Y-12 previously donated $15,000 to turn the museum’s current space exhibit into a “Rocket Room,” taking children on an imaginary trip to Mars.
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B&W Y-12 Public Affairs Manager Jud Simmons discusses ongoing projects with Mary Ann Damos, Executive Director of the Oak Ridge Children’s Museum, in the museum’s environmental center and gardens.