In training, the Protective Force has looked carefully at this threat to identify trends, courses of action, and response techniques.

Training trumps everything.

Security Police Officers (SPO) at Sandia/California continue to far exceed the minimum standard of required training.

Pablo Maurino, the lead training instructor for the site, says the Protective Force conducts training throughout the year and officers participate in live fire training eight to 10 times a year. Firearms training is typically an eight-hour day; however, SPOs may also receive live fire training on the range in shorter durations while on shift as scheduling permits. Each SPO has to qualify semi-annually with a duty-issued Glock 9mm and the H&K 416 rifle.

“We all understand that 99 percent of an SPO’s career will consist of protecting a facility, its people, and classified documents, constantly deterring but never seeing the enemy,” says Pablo. “We train for the 1 percent, the one time we have to get it right.”

Read more at this link (look on page 3).

Each Security Police Officer has to qualify semi-annually with a duty-issued Glock 9mm and the H&K 416 rifle.

Nov 17, 2015 at 4:00 pm


National Security Campus Relocation Leader Brad Hughes, left, and NNSA Kansas City Field Office Site Manager Mark Holecek

The National Security Campus relocation project was recognized as an industry benchmark last week at the 12th annual Aviation Week Program Excellence Awards competition. Awards were presented Nov. 4 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The NSC’s contractor, Honeywell, received top honors in the Special Projects category for successfully completing one of the largest and most complex industrial moves in the U.S., the relocation of the National Security Campus in Kansas City.

The Program Excellence Awards recognize aerospace and defense organizations that achieve results and find new ways to be more innovative and efficient in delivering value to customers. Winners were selected by a panel of experts in program leadership and performance from industry, government and academia.

Several years of planning and project management enabled the successful relocation while maintaining a 99.8 percent product delivery record at both facilities. This shining example of private-public partnership saves the taxpayer $150 million annually and provides the greatest strengths of government and industry to be cost-effective, energy-efficient and sustainable while fully supporting a critical national security mission.

The Kansas City team was singled out for safely and securely relocating to the LEED® Gold certified facility from 2012-2014. The move was completed one month ahead of schedule and $18 million under budget, while maintaining site-best safety and security performance.

Nov 13, 2015 at 4:44 pm

LAS VEGAS – National Security Technologies, the management and operating contractor for the Nevada National Security Site, continues to conduct some of the nation’s most important national security work in the safest manner possible as recognized by consecutive safety awards from the U.S. Department of Energy.

The DOE each year recognizes safety at its locations across the United States through its Voluntary Protection Program, which was created in January 1994 to recognize and encourage excellence in occupational safety and health protection. The program closely parallels the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration VPP.

In February 2015, the company participated in a two-week recertification review as required, and in August 2015 it was announced that NSTec has again been awarded the VPP Superior Star for the fifth consecutive year.

Read more at this link.

Nov 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

Don Zecha, center, representative of the Savannah River Site R&D Assembly Load and Test Team, accepts the Defense Programs Award of Excellence from NNSA-Savannah River Field Office Manager Doug Dearolph, left, and NNSA Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Brigadier General S.L. Davis. 

AIKEN, S.C. -- The National Nuclear Security Administration has honored six teams of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS) employees for their outstanding contributions to the nation’s defense, with special kudos for one team’s “exceptional” achievement.

NNSA Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs Brigadier General S.L. Davis presented the employees with Defense Programs (DP) Awards of Excellence, which is given for “significant contributions the Stockpile Stewardship Program.”  The award recognized their roles in initiatives that increased efficiency, reduced potential for error, developed new approaches for future work, and enabled safe operations following an unprecedented weather event. Gen. Davis also announced that one of the six teams is among a small number of honorees that he personally selected from all DP Award winners nationwide for special recognition.

Gen. Davis praised all of the award-winning teams for their accomplishments on behalf of the nation’s security, saying, “The extra effort put in by these people is really remarkable.”

Read more about it at this link.

Nov 4, 2015 at 10:37 am


Everything was in motion in Kansas City recently as the National Security Campus’s M&O contractor, Honeywell, brought the award-winning, hip-hop physics education program, FMA Live! Forces in Motion, to more than 1,500 middle school students.

The show brings hip-hop music, dancers, larger-than-life demonstrations and audience participation to illustrate how physics plays a role in everyday life.

FMA Live! takes students on a journey through Newton's Three Laws of Motion and the Universal Law of Gravity. The program engages middle-school students in the wonders of science, technology and math, and demonstrates the relevance of the natural sciences to kids' daily lives.

Over the next decade, job opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math are expected to grow five times faster than other sectors. To meet this need, Honeywell and NASA developed this show to inspire students to pursue careers in these fields.

FMA Live! has been performed before 415,000 students in more than 1,100 schools in 48 states, as well as in Mexico and Canada, since its creation in 2004. 



Nov 4, 2015 at 9:25 am


Small Business Administration Region VI SBA District Director Calvin Davis and Regional Administrator Yolanda Garcia Olivarez recently presented awards to Pantex’s Supply Chain Management organization. Featured in photo, front row, from left, Kelly Delgado-Goudschaal, Olivarez and Davis. Back row from left, Frances Tillery, Barbara Smith, Teresa Albus, Jeff Gillmore, Tammi Pedro, Randy Lucas, Ashley Hayton and Diane Johnson. 

The Pantex Plant’s Supply Chain Management organization recently received three awards from the Small Business Administration, including:

  • SBA leader in the Lubbock-West Texas District and the SBA Region VI (comprised of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana),
  • Provider of outstanding stellar access to procurement opportunities for small businesses and
  • SBA Procurement All Star.

Pantex has a long history of working with small business. Kelly Delgado-Goudschaal, acting manager of Supply Chain Management said, “These awards are a direct reflection of the dedication and the commitment of the Procurement personnel at Pantex. We have had a long-standing tradition of supporting small businesses within our community. We also work with the West Texas Procurement Center to develop and mentor small businesses within our community.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by SBA as a leader for promoting small businesses. For the past seven years, we have consistently exceeded our small business goal. Pantexans continue to support SBA initiatives by identifying small businesses with which we can contract,” said Compliance team lead Barbara Smith.

Read more on the Pantex website.

Nov 3, 2015 at 10:00 am


The 2015 Leadership Oak Ridge class recently visited the Y-12 National Security Complex. Members had the opportunity to go on tour and get a glimpse of what employees do at Y-12.

The 2015 Leadership Oak Ridge class recently visited the Y-12 National Security Complex. Members toured and saw a glimpse of what employees do at Y-12.

“The majority of Leadership Oak Ridge participants have never been inside Y-12,” said Greta Ownby, Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Oak Ridge Program Manager. “So, it is always a highlight of the program year for them to be able to tour the facility.”

According to their website, Leadership Oak Ridge’s mission is to “inform current, potential and emerging leaders about Oak Ridge and its issues and provide them leadership skills development in order to empower them to identify and implement solutions to those community issues.”

“I’ve had the opportunity to visit Y-12 for the last several years, and it is amazing to see the changes that have been made to the site with the demolition of older buildings,” said Pat Fallon, City of Oak Ridge. “I am really looking forward to watching the progression as the Uranium Processing Facility is constructed and the inclusion of the historical buildings as part of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park.”

Read more about their tour on the Y-12 website.

Oct 30, 2015 at 4:25 pm


Glenn Podonsky, director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Enterprise Assessment, pays tribute to the atomic veterans who worked at the Nevada National Security Site and other sites across the enterprise during the Cold War. He also introduced the video tribute below from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz as part of the National Day of Remembrance celebration October 30th at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vegas.


Oct 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm

Thornberry hosts House Majority Leader at Pantex visit

Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, hosted Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-CA, at both Pantex and Bell Helicopter in Amarillo recently to discuss the Texas Panhandle’s role in national security.

At Pantex, Thornberry and McCarthy viewed the High Explosives Pressing Facility along with the locations where nuclear weapons are assembled, disassembled and stored.

“I especially wanted him [McCarthy] to come to the Panhandle to see the contributions we make to national security,” Thornberry said in a statement to the press.

McCarthy is currently the second ranking Republican serving in the House of Representatives and was first elected to Congress in 2006. Thornberry has served continuously since 1995 and currently is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, the first Texan to hold this position. 

Oct 26, 2015 at 11:00 pm

Current and former members of the Lab’s Protective Force gathered to reflect on and recognize the contributions ProForce has made to securing Sandia National Laboratory’s resources, facilities, and people. Over the past 65 years, the force has changed in size and structure but its mission has remained the same: To ensure the protection of accountable nuclear material, classified matter, and other Safeguards and Security interests from theft, espionage, and acts that may cause unacceptable adverse effects on national security or the health and safety of DOE and contractor employees, the public, or the environment.

Jim Armijo, a retired member of ProForce, and son Lawrence Armijo show pride in their collective decades of service to Sandia and the nation. 

Retired ProForce members Celso Montaño, left, Mario Garcia, Jim Armijo, and Ruben Garcia look on as Harold Garcia points out some highlights in photos from ProForce’s early days. 

Oct 25, 2015 at 11:00 pm