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NNSA Defense Programs Announces Quarterly Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Defense Programs today announced the recipients of the Defense Programs’ Employee of the Quarter Awards. Recipients of the awards are recognized for going beyond the call of duty in supporting the mission of NNSA’s Defense Programs.

“The Defense Programs Employee of the Quarter Awards recognize the commitment of the men and women from throughout the national nuclear security enterprise,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “The leadership and achievements of the award recipients have contributed directly to the many successes that NNSA Defense Programs has recently enjoyed.”

The selection of the recipients is determined at each site following its own specific criteria. The recipients of NNSA Defense Programs’ Employee of the Quarter Awards are as follows:

Gregg Sanders, Kansas City Site Office, is recognized for the technical oversight, reviews and discussions on the design, installation, and application of physical security systems for the Craddock Construction/Renovation project.

Mike McHenry, Kansas City Plant, is recognized for his manufacturable and innovative designs for B61 cable assemblies.

LSO Supplement Analysis Project Team, Livermore Site Office, is recognized for completing the Supplement Analysis of the 2005 Final Site-Wide Environmental Impact Statement for Continued Operation of the laboratory. 

Steve MacLaren, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is recognized as the lead designer in the recently completed High Energy Density experiments on both the National Ignition Facility and the Z machine.

Emergency Operations Team, Los Alamos National Laboratory, is recognized for outstanding performance in the operation of the Emergency Operations Center and field response throughout the Los Conchas Fire, the largest forest fire in New Mexico history.

George C. Henckel III, Los Alamos Site Office, is recognized for resolving issues in multiple functional areas including waste management, risk and project management, and technical review of regulatory deliverables.

Barry L. Mellor, Nevada Site Office (NSO), is recognized for enabling the NSO to achieve accreditation of their Technical Qualification Program . 

Stephen Cereghino, National Security Technologies, is recognized for setting goals for the Joint Actinide Shock Physics Experimental Research project’s return to Plutonium Equation of State experiments under Category 3 nuclear operations.

John E. O’Brien, Pantex Site Office (PXSO), is recognized for his work incorporating the High Reliability Organization tenets into the PXSO and Babcock & Wilcox Safeguards and Security Organizations.

Steven Bigham, B&W Pantex, is recognized in developing a cyber security risk-based, continuous monitoring model for moving Pantex assets away from a compliance-based paperwork model.

Will Ortiz, Sandia Site Office, is recognized for managing the oversight of the Ion Beam Laboratory (IBL), which saved $5.5 million of taxpayer dollars. The IBL was also built six months ahead of schedule.

Rita Gonzales, Sandia National Laboratories, is recognized for leading the multidepartment effort to develop and deliver several Application Specific Integrated Circuits for the B61 Life Extension Program.

Sarah Diaz-Martinez, Savannah River Site Office (SRSO), is recognized for negotiating a Memorandum of Agreement between SRSO and the Office of Secure Transportation that was especially important given recent changes to the way shipments are conducted.

James Powe, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, LLC, is recognized for his role in the preparation of the B61 Weapons Design Cost Reviews, which required cost projections as far as ten to fifteen years in the future.
Jim Donnelly, Y-12 Site Office, is recognized for his outstanding oversight of activities required to comply with the DOE Site Treatment Plan for the Oak Ridge Reservation.
Jan G. Jackson, Y-12 National Security Complex, is recognized for outstanding performance on the Just in Case project, the last remaining outside tooling storage area at Y-12. 

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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.