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NNSA Aviation Expert Honored as Top Aviation Professional by U.S. General Services Administration

Joseph Ginanni standing next to airplaneWASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) congratulates Aviation Manager Joseph Ginanni for receiving the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Aviation Professional Award.

The award, which recognizes the best federal aviation programs and professionals, will be presented today at the GSA Ninth Annual Federal Aviation Awards Ceremony in Chicago.
Ginanni oversees the Aviation Services Department of the NNSA/NSO Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis and Andrews Air Force Bases. The program provides aerial support to the NNSA Office of Emergency Response, which protects people from nuclear or radiological attacks or accidents. NNSA aircraft can be used to track radiation from events such as the release of radiation from a power plant; a radiological dispersal device; improvised nuclear device incidents; or an actual nuclear weapon. The aircraft and its support team would serve as first responders in the event of a nuclear or radiological incident.

 "We thank Mr. Ginanni for his outstanding oversight of this program and are proud to have people of his exceptional skill and talent serving throughout the nuclear security enterprise," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino. "From stockpile stewardship to international nonproliferation efforts to emergency response, NNSA is committed to excellence in every aspect of nuclear security. That wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of people like Mr. Ginanni and others like him across our enterprise."

Ginanni was recognized for making aviation activities safer and more efficient and effective for the program during 2008.

Ginanni received his private pilot license at the age of 18 and currently holds a commercial pilot license for multi-engine and single-engine aircraft. He served eight years in the U.S Air Force as an instructor pilot and aircraft commander in the T-39 Sabreliner and instructor pilot in T-38 Talon supersonic advanced pilot training aircraft. He also served as deputy squadron flight safety officer, maintenance officer, and squadron section commander of an aviation maintenance squadron.

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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. Visit for more information.

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