Pantex and Y-12 teams receive Defense Programs awards

  • Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 12:00 am

U.S. Department of Energy
National Nuclear Security Administration
Production Office News Release

Oak Ridge, Tenn.--More than 230 Pantex and Y-12 employees were recognized at National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs Awards of Excellence ceremonies recently held at the respective sites.

Two Pantex teams and six Y-12 teams were recognized by members of site management, as well as Roger Lewis, NNSA Associate Deputy Administrator for Stockpile Management, and Mike Thompson, NNSA Assistant Deputy Administrator for Major Modernization Programs, in Washington, D.C.

“It is an honor for me to present you with these awards,” Lewis said. “The accomplishments you have achieved and the jobs you do every day contribute to our mission of maintaining a safe, secure and effective nuclear deterrent.”

Geoff Beausoleil, NNSA Production Office manager, joined Lewis and Thompson in presenting the awards at Pantex. “I enjoy these ceremonies because I get to celebrate the talent and determination of the people at these sites,” Beausoleil told the crowd.

Teams were recognized for their contributions to several Defense Programs projects, including support for the B61 program, weapon component assembly efforts and packaging of nuclear materials.

Pantex Plant Manager Todd Ailes told the recipients, “Day in and day out, you do the work that keeps this site safe and moving forward, as well as keeping our nation secure. And, you do that work with an unwavering commitment to safety, security and quality. Please accept my thanks and congratulations on a job well done.”

During a ceremony held at Y-12, Mike Thompson said, “I’m impressed by the magnitude of your achievements. I’m also impressed with how you accomplished your work — your complete dedication to problem solving through teamwork, respect, and mutual accountability.”

Established by NNSA in 1982, the Defense Programs Awards of Excellence recognize significant individual and team accomplishments across the nuclear weapons complex in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program. The awards are given annually to recognize significant achievements in quality, productivity, cost savings, safety or creativity in support of NNSA’s nuclear weapons program.

The mission of the NNSA Production Office is to ensure the safe, secure and cost-effective operation of the Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Y-12 and Pantex are operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC, for NNSA.


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