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NNSA Congratulates Nevada Site Office Aviation Program for Receiving Federal Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas P. D’Agostino today congratulated the Nevada Site Office (NSO) Aviation Program for receiving a major federal aviation program award for the second time in the last three years. NSO Aviation Program manager Joe Ginanni accepted the top award in the Small Program Category on behalf of the team during the 2010 GSA Federal Aviation Awards Ceremony in Phoenix today.

“We congratulate the NSO Aviation Program, for its outstanding work, and we are proud to have programs of its caliber serving throughout the nuclear security enterprise,” said Administrator D’Agostino. “From Stockpile Stewardship to international nonproliferation efforts to emergency response, NNSA is committed to excellence in every aspect of our mission. That wouldn’t be possible without the hard work and dedication of the NSO Aviation program and others like it from across our enterprise.”

Each year, the GSA Federal Aviation Awards recognize the best aviation programs and professionals from across the federal government.

Comprised of the NSO and its contract partner the National Security Technologies LLC Aviation Department, the NSO Aviation Program provides aerial support to the NNSA Office of Emergency Response. Together, they work to protect U.S. citizens from nuclear and radiological attacks or accidents 24 hours a day, seven days per week from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, DC.

Today’s ceremony marks the second time this year the NSO Aviation Program has received a major award. Earlier this year, the program received the 2009 U.S. Department of Energy Jeff Snow Aviation Program Memorial Award. This is the fourth time in six years that this team has been recognized as the most outstanding DOE aviation program.

For more information on the GSA Federal Aviation Awards, including other winners from the Department of Energy, visit the GSA website at: offsite link

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a separately organized 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.