WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D'Agostino today presented the 2009 Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service to Jared "Travis" Howerton, Chief Information Officer for NNSA's Y-12 Site Office.
The award, named for former NNSA Administrator Linton F. Brooks, was established last year to recognize newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment. Nominees must be NNSA employees with fewer than five years of federal experience whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.
Howerton was honored during a ceremony today at NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. In remarks prepared for delivery, Administrator D'Agostino said there is no better example of the extraordinary efforts, the initiative and the drive to succeed across the nuclear security enterprise than employees like Travis Howerton.
"I often say that the best part of my job is the opportunity I have to highlight the great work done across the nuclear security enterprise," said D'Agostino. "That is particularly true when I have the chance to meet and work with the young men and women working at our sites – our next generation of nuclear security and program experts. You have often heard of the phrase ‘Our people are our greatest asset'. The danger in over-using such a phrase is that it can trivialize or make common the extra ordinary efforts that many of you do to get the job done. Well there is nothing trivial or ordinary about the work that all of you do to keep our nation safe and there is no better example of this than Travis Howerton, who is this year's Linton Brooks Medal award winner."
D'Agostino also cited the Linton Brooks Award as part of NNSA's commitment to attracting the next generation of nuclear security professionals. "This Linton Brooks award acknowledges the success of our NNSA offices across the country in developing that next generation of human talent," he said. "This award recognizes someone who has accomplished significant things in a short period of time. And this award recognizes an individual who sees a problem, takes the initiative and makes something happen. This award recognizes Travis Howerton."
Howerton began working at the Y-12 Site Office as an Information Technology Specialist in April 2005. He developed an NNSA-wide electronic tracking system that has improved operational efficiency and has been instrumental in moving NNSA toward a more wireless environment. His efforts have resulted in savings across the nuclear security enterprise. Howerton was named CIO at Y-12 last month.
Howerton is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Tusculum College in Organizational Management and a Master of Science degree from Boston University in Computer Information Systems. He also maintains a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification and is a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP). He and his wife, Shannon, live with their daughter, Tyler Brooke, in Knoxville.
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.
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