NNSA Defense Programs Announces Quarterly Awards

Press Release
Aug 4, 2011

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.

“Each day I am in awe of the work done by the dedicated men and women of NNSA.  The Defense Programs Employee of the Quarter Awards recognize the commitment to improving the way we do business by those who lead by example,” said Don Cook, NNSA’s Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs. “NNSA is fortunate to have talented and dedicated professionals who are truly leaders in their fields working to promote our nuclear security mission.”

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:

Ken Gagnon, Kansas City Plant, is recognized for his work in reducing intelligence work (IW) contract processing flow time. The time required from receipt of IW funding document to KCSO acceptance was reduced from approximately 20 days to five days.

Shekita Robinson, Kansas City Site Office, is recognized for leading a Work for Others streamlining initiative targeting a ten day turnaround on interagency agreements. As an outcome, the team developed a process reducing the acceptance duration to approximately five days.

Wendell Shoemaker, Pantex Site Office (PXSO), is recognized for enhancing the PXSO Weapon Quality Assurance (WQA) training activities. He established WQA training materials for all Quality Assurance personnel that documented proficiency in weapons assembly and disassembly processes such as Non-Nuclear Verifications and Stamping activities.

Kari Hamrick, B&W Pantex, is recognized for the work she has done in the Safeguards & Security Division’s Program Integration Department at Pantex. She was asked to coordinate the data call for the recent DOE HSS Independent Oversight Inspection which resulted in a report which reestablished B&W Pantex’s reputation as an Enterprise leader in safeguards and securities.

J. Anthony Wingate, Sandia National Laboratories, is recognized for co-leading the completion of Sandia’s Surety Assessment and Engineering Center’s ISO 9001:2008 Registration Project. He demonstrated how to achieve registration at less than half the cost and time (greater than 50 percent respectively) typically seen in previous efforts at Sandia.

José Muñoz, Sandia Site Office, is recognized for helping to develop a stand-alone hazards analysis and an updated fire hazards analysis for Sandia’s Radioactive Mixed Waste Management Facility (RMWMF). He supported activities leading up to the verification and validation required to conduct work at RMWMF.

Angela Hoehne, Livermore Site Office (LSO), is recognized for her work in facilities operations management. In addition to her regular duties in preparing and justifying the annual facility operations budget, managing the facility maintenance and repairs, Angie managed a major move within the LSO building. She organized 65 office moves over a four month period.

Chad Noble, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), is recognized for designing and analyzing a recent LLNL hydrotest fired at Site 300’s Contained Firing Facility that provided an improved understanding of a use control technology present in the current US stockpile and under consideration for future LEPs.

Richard A. Fischer, National Security Technologies, is recognized for his improvements in the Aviation Section. His leadership has promoted, instilled, cultivated and proliferated a safety culture that exemplifies the Integrated Safety Management System.

Roger Thompson, Nevada Site Office, is recognized for his work during the deployment to Japan following the disastrous earthquake and tsunami. He served as the deputy senior energy official for two three-week tours in Japan and served as the federal team lead for the Consequence Management Home Team while not in Japan.

Elizabeth Hale, Y-12 Site Office, is recognized for her work in coordinating and managing the YSO management system, which includes procedures, an assessment program, and the YSO Information Management System. As the first site to undergo the affirmation process, Y-12 was recently recommended for affirmation, which was made possible through Hale’s efforts.

James E. (Tommy) Thompson, B&W Y-12, is recognized for his work on melting and casting uranium metal. He has implemented numerous process improvements that enhance operational safety and product quality.

Charles H. Keilers, Los Alamos Site Office, is recognized for his performance during the Los Conchas Fire as the Emergency Manager for Los Alamos National Laboratory Emergency Operations Center (EOC). He provided exceptional coordination with Headquarters, maintained a strong linkage with the state EOC, delivered detailed hazard briefs to political leaders, and oversaw operational awareness efforts.

James S. Narum, Los Alamos National Laboratory, is recognized for his work in support of Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Technical Area 55 (TA-55) Plutonium Facility 4 (PF-4) seismic upgrades have been exemplary. He is assigned the responsibility of lead project engineer for the design work on several of the sub-projects to address seismic concerns identified in the TA-55, PF-4 SAFER analysis.

Sandee Greene, Savannah River Site Office, is recognized for managing and coordinating the logistics for the Federal Staffing Analysis Team. During this same time frame, she processed three staffing details required due to a long-term unexpected absence of a key employee.

William (Billy) English, Savannah River Nuclear Solutions (SRNS), LLC, is recognized for building and leading the best-in-class predictive maintenance program for SRNS. The program has saved countless corrective maintenance man-hours and dollars by reviewing rotating equipment vibration data, lubrication analysis, and electrical thermography.

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