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First Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service Awarded

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The head of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced today that Joseph Romero will receive the first Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service.

"Joe contributed greatly to developing and implementing new business system models in support of NNSA's nuclear nonproliferation programs," said NNSA Administrator Thomas D'Agostino.  "His drive and commitment to our important national security work is an excellent example of Ambassador Brooks's work ethic and dedication to public service."

Joseph Romero is a general engineer at NNSA's Service Center in Albuquerque, N.M.  Romero's many accomplishments have included developing an improved process for approving and implementing changes to NNSA's Second Line of Defense contracts and implementing a management and tracking tool which ensures that critical contracting actions for NNSA's Global Threat Reduction Initiative are addressed in a timely manner.  His work has helped NNSA, and American taxpayers, save money.

Romero began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service in March 2004 before joining NNSA in January 2006.  He has a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico and served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Romero lives with his wife, Teresa, and their two children, in Peralta, N.M.

The Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service was established to recognize those employees whose actions and deeds serve to exemplify the spirit of public service commitment and achievement manifested during the leadership tenure of NNSA's past administrator, Ambassador Linton F. Brooks.  It was his dedication, vision and grasp of NNSA's unique national security mission that successfully guided NNSA during five years of organizational and mission transformation.  Recipients of the award must have less than five years of federal and professional experience.

A formal award ceremony will be held on September 24, 2008.

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.

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