WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Administrator Thomas D’Agostino today presented the 2010 Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service to Abigail (Abby) Cuthbertson, federal project manager for NNSA’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project in the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Established in 2008, the Brooks Award recognizes newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment.
Cuthbertson oversees the recovery of radioactive sealed sources that are unwanted or no longer being used. These sources pose a potential national security concern and are recovered and secured as part of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, a program within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Under Cuthbertson’s direction, the program has grown from recovering slightly more than 2,000 sources per year to almost 3,500 sources per year. Administrator D’Agostino presented the award to Cuthbertson during a ceremony today that featured Ambassador Brooks, NNSA’s Principal Deputy Administrator Neile Miller, and other members of NNSA’s leadership team.
"The Linton Brooks award acknowledges the success of our NNSA employees here and across the country, and signifies our commitment to developing the next generation of nuclear security professionals," said Administrator D'Agostino. "It recognizes someone who has accomplished significant things in a short period of time and rewards individuals who can see a problem, take the initiative and get the job done. Without a doubt, this is exactly what Abby Cuthbertson brings to NNSA."
Cuthbertson was recognized for her outstanding job of working with international and interagency partners to leverage resources and agreements to accelerate source recovery efforts, develop critical relationships on behalf of NNSA’s nonproliferation program, and centralize the procurement of equipment and training – helping save the taxpayers more than $100,000 in the process.
Cuthbertson holds a double bachelor’s degree in international studies and History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. She is originally from Maine.
Nominees for the Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service must be NNSA employees, with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.
For the text of Administrator D’Agostino’s remarks, click here.
Photos from the presentation of the 2010 Linton Brooks award can be found here.
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.