Brig. Gen. Harencak Addresses NNSA Office of Secure Transportation Graduates
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, principal assistant deputy administrator for military application at the National Nuclear Security Administration, delivered the keynote address today at the Office of Secure Transportation (OST) agent graduation ceremony in Ft. Chaffee, Ark.
"I am proud of the twenty courageous agents who are graduating today," said Gen. Harencak. "At NNSA, our people truly are our greatest asset, and these talented and dedicated federal agents are a perfect example of that. After passing the rigorous test of being trained to defend, recapture, and recover nuclear materials in case of an attack, today's graduates join other world-renowned agents who are on the front line of the nuclear security enterprise in ensuring that the nation is safe."
NNSA's OST agents are responsible for the safe and secure transport of nuclear weapons, weapon components and strategic nuclear materials throughout the United States. Headquartered in Albuquerque, N.M., OST consists of approximately 700 federal employees operating in three federal agent commands in Amarillo, Texas; Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Albuquerque.
The personnel, who operate the transportation vehicles as well as the escort vehicles, are armed and highly trained federal agents. Agents undergo rigorous training before qualifying for service. The majority of OST federal agents are former members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Since its establishment in 1975, OST has accumulated more than 100 million miles of over-the-road experience transporting DOE-owned cargo with no accidents resulting in a fatality or release of radioactive material. This is due largely to the OST philosophy that safety and security are of equal and paramount importance in the accomplishment of NNSA's transportation safeguards mission.
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 http://www.nnsa.energy.gov/ for more information.
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