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NNSA Congratulates Jerry McKamy for Receiving DNFSB Stello Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated Jerry McKamy, director of NNSA’s Facilities Operations Division in Defense Programs, for receiving the 2010 Victor Stello, Jr. Award for Safety Leadership from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board (DNFSB).

“This award is well-deserved recognition for Dr. McKamy’s contributions to addressing nuclear safety issues raised by the DNFSB,” said NNSA Administrator Tom D’Agostino. “At NNSA, we are committed to the safety of our workers, our facilities and the communities that host us. We are fortunate to have dedicated professionals like Jerry working to promote safe nuclear operations across our enterprise.”

McKamy is recognized for developing and implementing the nondestructive assay program to measure plutonium holdup in ventilation ducting. He served as one of the principal authors of the DOE Implementation Plan drafted in response to DNFSB’s recommendations.

McKamy served as the DOE Nuclear Criticality Safety Program Manager (NCSP) for the past several years. According to the DNFSB, under McKamy’s leadership, the criticality safety infrastructure within DOE has improved dramatically. His accomplishments have included ensuring budget requests were sufficient to fund criticality safety training courses, developing several DOE technical standards related to criticality safety, and leading efforts to establish a new Critical Experiments Facility at the Nevada Test Site.

The Victor Stello, Jr. Award was established by the DNFSB to be given to an employee of the Department of Energy who demonstrates exemplary leadership in promoting safety management in the DOE defense nuclear complex. The award honors Victor Stello, Jr., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Safety and Quality, Office of Defense Programs at DOE, in recognition of his outstanding service, exemplary performance and admirable leadership in promoting public health and safety in the Atomic Energy Defense Activities of the United States.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the United States and abroad.

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