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NNSA Congratulates Nevada Site Office Aviation Program for Receiving Three Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today congratulated the Nevada Site Office (NSO) Aviation Program for receiving three awards from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Aviation Management (OAM).

William “Doug” Barrick II, the Nevada Site Office’s Aviation safety manager, received the 2010 DOE Federal Aviation Management Professional Award. Captain Thomas M. McKissack, the chief pilot for the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada, received the 2010 John Cooley Aviation Operations/Support Professional Memorial Award. Captain Timothy J. Rourke, a pilot and the aviation safety officer for the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Joint Base Andrews, received the Aviation Safety Professional Award.

“The recipients of this year’s DOE aviation awards highlight the commitment to excellence that exists across the national nuclear security enterprise,” said NNSA Administrator Thomas D’Agostino. “As we work together to improve the way we do business and implement the President’s nuclear security agenda, it is rewarding to work with people who continue to excel. These awards are a tribute to the outstanding work of the individuals who are being honored, and of the culture of safety and excellence that exists at all our sites.”

 Barrick was praised by NSO officials for applying his experience as a former Federal Aviation Administration inspector, combined with his skills as a DOE Aviation Safety Officer, to support the NSO Aviation Program in the safe and efficient design and manufacture of required modifications to their aircraft.

McKissack was recognized for his leadership which directly contributed to the 100 percent compliance rating awarded to NSO/National Security Technologies (NSTec) by the DOE OAM audit team, confirming their flawless aviation support to NNSA’s Emergency Response mission to provide assets to protect U.S. citizens from the effects of radiological events.

Rourke’s systematic approach to risk management enabled senior NSO/NSTec managers to assess the hazards of very low-level flying over congested areas, establish controls to mitigate those hazards, and approve missions over the nation’s capital to evaluate new technical equipment for radiation detection.

DOE nominated Barrick, McKissack and Rourke, in their respective categories for the 2010 General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Aviation Awards. GSA will honor the subsequent winners of the GSA government-wide aviation awards at the FedFleet Workshop in Orlando, Fla, July 25-28, 2011.

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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.