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NNSA’s Pantex Plant Hosts Annual Security Protection Officers Team Competition

AMARILLO, Texas – Security protective officers from across the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) will be participating in the annual Security Protection Officer Team competition (SPOTC) at NNSA’s Pantex plant this week.

More than a hundred security officers from 19 nuclear facilities across the U.S. and Canada will test the skills necessary to be a security protection officer while protecting the most secure facilities in the world.

“This intense competition tests the necessary skills of our security protective force needed in protecting and securing of NNSA’s national labs and sites,” said Brad Peterson, Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security. “It is important that NNSA trains its security protection officers while improving the way we do business and keeping security at the forefront.”

The competition will utilize a variety of courses set up at the Pantex firing range which will test the abilities of the participants to move, communicate and shoot in a variety of conditions. The courses are designed to replicate situations an officer might experience in a real world scenario and will involve a variety of weapons and strenuous physical tests.

This will be the first time Pantex has hosted SPOTC since 2000.

The SPOTC event began last night with an opening ceremony in Amarillo several awards were given, including the Sydnor Award, which was presented to Pantex Capt. Randy Stokes. The final day of the competition —Thursday, June 16— will feature the Super Teams Competition; the biggest and most intense element of the competition. This Super Teams Competition event is not open to the general public.

For more information visit the SPOTC website at

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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.