What better time to think about Christmas than the middle of July when it’s 100 degrees outside?
Pantex Christmas Project organizers are counting on their fellow Pantexans to overlook the sweltering heat and generate a little Christmas cheer in an effort to raise money for families who will need help this holiday season.
The Christmas Project’s committee came up with the idea to ask departments and organizations across the Pantex Plant to create baskets that are then auctioned to raise money for the Project. The response, with more than 50 baskets submitted to the silent auction, has been overwhelming. Basket themes range from outdoor activities, grilling and sports to quilting, movie night and family games.
Pantexans will bid on the baskets over the next two weeks, with bids already totaling several thousand dollars. All of the money will go the Christmas Project, which each year picks about 50 needy families to provide with gifts and necessities to ensure they have a Merry Christmas.
The Savannah River Site Leadership Association (SRSLA) honored Dennis Donati, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions’ (SRNS) Senior Vice President for NNSA Operations and Programs as Executive of the Year at the Association’s annual Awards Dinner. The award noted Donati’s record of achieving success through partnerships with customers, colleagues and employees as evidence of his results-oriented leadership excellence.
The SRSLA also recognized SRNS F-Area Complex Facility Manager William “Bill” Tadlock as Leader of the Year and SRNS Financial Analyst Byron Bush as SRSLA Member of the Year. The SRSLA is the Savannah River Site (SRS) chapter of the National Management Association (NMA); its membership includes personnel from the various SRS contractor and federal employers.
Sandia National Laboratories researchers Jerry Simmons, Ed Cole and John Rowe have been named Sandia Fellows.
There have been only six previous fellows in Sandia’s history, five of whom are retired. The status of fellows is reserved for those who are nationally or internationally recognized pioneers in their fields. It is considered a promotion to the highest level of Research and Development staff, equivalent to the level of management immediately below Sandia’s vice presidents.
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Newly appointed Sandia Fellows Jerry Simmons, left, Ed Cole, middle, and John Rowe gather outside Sandia’s Joint Computational Engineering Laboratory.
Yesterday, the Department of Energy launched a website for its Asset Revitalization Initiative - a department-wide effort to advance the beneficial reuse of the full range of its diverse assets, including land, facilities, infrastructure, equipment, technologies, natural resources and a highly skilled workforce.
ARI is divided into five teams: diversification, modernization, energy, communications and real property and assets. Through effective communication and crosscutting functionality, it promotes efficient business practices, collaboration between public and private entities and helps communities put existing assets toward future beneficial uses.
Visit the ARI website here.
Today, DOE officially kicked off its annual DOE Feeds Families campaign to assist local food banks in replenishing supplies during the summer months. DOE and NNSA employees can participate throughout the summer by dropping off non-perishable food items in boxes located throughout the Forrestal, Germantown and L’Enfant buildings or at field offices.
About the photo: Joy Viars and Abel Romero from NNSA’s management and business office (NA-MB) show support for the annual DOE Feeds Families campaign.
B&W Pantex Biologist Jim Ray works closely with West Texas A&M University to track and study the wildlife living on the Pantex site. Pantex is currently studying how wind energy can impact the surrounding ecosystems and has studied rattlesnakes and horned lizards for more than a decade. For more information, click here.
B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery welcomed the Pantex Summer Interns at a picnic lunch held at the Pantex Fire Department on last week. Woolery presented each one with a token of appreciation and took photos with them. Following lunch, the interns were taken on a tour of the Emergency Operations Center.
Pantex has 19 summer interns this year. Social events such as the luncheon are held to introduce the students to Plant management, provide a social gathering so the interns can meet each other, and provide an opportunity for the interns to learn more about Pantex operations.
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(top) B&W Pantex General Manager John Woolery talks with engineering intern Miguel Garcia-Castaneda, left, at a luncheon for interns at Pantex Thursday.
(bottom) Intern Camie Walsh, right, talks with Mike Brinson, engineering department manager, at a luncheon for interns Thursday.
The Kansas City Plant celebrated yet another milestone at the National Security Campus with a recent visit from NNSA’s Steve Goodrum, Assistant Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Management.
Employees gathered to celebrate the delivery of the continuous and seamless W76-1 Fireset and AF&F production capability throughout the move to the National Security Campus. Being one of the first production areas to move, the team partnered with NNSA and Sandia National Laboratories to identify and procure equipment, tooling, fixtures and gauges in time to support dual operations during relocation.
The effort included:
• 300+ items totaling more than $13 million procured and relocated without incident,
• 10 testers moved and four new testers built, and
• 72 large pieces of equipment spanning across seven different departments moved.
Goodrum spoke about the importance of the work done at KCP as the first facility to pick up and move within the National Security Enterprise and congratulated employees on their efforts on executing on commitments while keeping safety and security a priority.
The National Security Campus is a significant part of DOE’s shift to a more efficient 21st century Nuclear Security Enterprise. The modern campus showcases innovation and cost savings, highlighted by environmentally friendly features and space management.
In January, KCP began the complex task of moving manufacturing, laboratory and office equipment from its current location at the Bannister Federal Complex. Over the 19-month relocation schedule, about 3,000 truckloads will transport more than 2,800 pieces of equipment ranging from desk size to tractor trailer size. Estimates are that the entire move will use 30,000 crates – which if stacked would be more than five times the height of Mount Everest.
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(above) Goodrum speaks with KCP electrical engineer Chris Donnelly about the importance of the KCP mission.
(below) Goodrum congratulated KCP employees for achieving an important production milestone during move to the National Security Campus.
Sandia National Laboratories recently hosted the seventh annual Western National Robot Rodeo and Capability Exercise, a five-day event that brought together civilian and military bomb squad teams from across the country to see who can most effectively defuse dangerous situations with the help of robots.
Pantexans showed their community spirit last week when employees, along with their families and friends, volunteered their time at two local nonprofit organizations.
More than 40 volunteers came to an event called America Supports You, Texas to assemble care packages for our troops in Afghanistan. America Supports You, Texas was founded in 2005 to create awareness and support for active military men and women, as well as veterans in our area. More than 200 boxes filled with snacks, personal care items and books were mailed overseas the next morning.
Another group of Pantexans and their families went to the High Plains Food Bank to lend a hand with its community garden. The garden was severely damaged in hail storms last month. The majority of the garden’s produce benefits children and afterschool programs throughout the year.
The garden has only two full-time employees and relies heavily on volunteers to help out. With the help of the Pantexan volunteers, the garden is expected to recover and produce fruits and vegetables well into the fall season.