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NNSA and HSS Announce New Director of the National Training Center

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Health, Safety and Security (HSS) today announced Karen L. Boardman as the new director for the National Training Center (NTC) for DOE safety and security, located at the Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Boardman is coming to the NTC from the NNSA Service Center where she served as Director for more than 7 years. Appointed to that position in March 2004, she has been responsible for business, legal, and technical support to the NNSA’s Site Offices, Service Center and Headquarters.

“I want to personally thank Karen for all she has done for NNSA through the years,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “Her expertise, professionalism and management have been critical to the NNSA’s mission, growth and transformation. I know Karen will thrive in her new position and I’m pleased that she will continue to assist the NNSA while supporting the Secretary of Energy and the Department as a whole at the National Training Center.” 

During her 28-year career with DOE, Boardman has served in a variety of positions including Manager of the Sandia Site Office, Deputy Manager for Programs and Technical Support at the former Albuquerque Operations Office, Director of the Weapon Programs Division, Deputy Assistant Manager for Safety and Security, and Director of the Technical Analysis and Support Division. She has also served on details as the Acting Deputy Associate Administrator for Facilities and Operations at NNSA Headquarters and as the Acting Deputy Manager for the Dayton Area Office. 

“HSS is pleased and excited to announce that Karen has agreed to accept the position as the Director of the National Training Center,” said DOE Chief Health, Safety, and Security Officer Glenn Podonsky. “Many of us have enjoyed an excellent working relationship with Karen over the years and we look forward to having someone of her stature and expertise directing this mission-critical training center for the Department.”

The NTC develops and maintains the proficiency and competence of safety and security personnel and builds management excellence in safety and security disciplines for the DOE. Located on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the NTC facilities consist of classrooms, administrative offices, and weapons firing ranges. It also maintains the Integrated Safety and Security Training and Evaluation Complex—a simulated DOE research and operational facility. Each year more than 7,000 professionals from across the DOE enterprise benefit from NTC training.


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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 in the nation’s national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the 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 U.S. and abroad.