Pantex, Y-12, NPO sweep NNSA’s annual security awards
NNSA Associate Administrator and Chief for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security Lewis "Lew" Monroe, center, was at Pantex to celebrate NNSA Security Professional of the Year Timothy Alvarado, right, and Contractor Security Professional of the Year Steven Zuniga Thursday, July 20, 2023
The Pantex Plant and the Y-12 National Security Complex, which are managed and operated by Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), along with the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Production Office (NPO), were honored with all four of the annual NNSA security awards. The following personnel and team were honored:
- Timothy Alvarado, NPO (Pantex) – NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year;
- Steven Zuniga, CNS (Pantex) – NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year;
- Major Courtney Coker, CNS (Y-12) Safeguards and Security – NNSA Security Manager of the Year; and
- Y-12 Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (PIDS) Team – NNSA Security Team of the Year.
NNSA Associate Administrator and Chief for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security (DNS) Lewis “Lew” Monroe told those assembled at an awards ceremony that he appreciated being where the work was getting done. “You are knocking it out the park,” he said. “There’s no way DNS would have the success it does without what you do every day.”
“This is a very well-deserved honor and recognition for our CNS and NPO security professionals who work to protect our vital national security assets at both the Pantex Plant and Y-12,” said Teresa Robbins, NPO manager. “It’s great to take some time to celebrate the exceptional work you perform protecting this site.”
“I am so proud of the security teams at both sites,” said Kristy McWilliams, CNS Vice President of Safeguards, Security, and Emergency Services. “The individuals honored with these awards are quite simply the best of the best and I congratulate each and every one of them. Their leadership, hard work, professionalism, and willingness to work as a cohesive team are to be commended.”
NNSA Associate Administrator and Chief for the Office of Defense Nuclear Security Lewis "Lew" Monroe, left, was at Pantex to celebrate NNSA Security Professional of the Year Steven Zuniga Thursday, July 20, 2023. Pictured left to right are Lew Monroe, Kristy McWilliams, Vice President, Safeguards, Security and Emergency Services, Steve Zuniga, Timothy Alvarado, Roxanne VanVeghten, Assistant Manager, Safeguards and Security, and Jason Armstrong, NPO Manager, Pantex.
Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC operates the Pantex Plant, located in Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, located in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, for the U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration. Bechtel National, Inc. is the lead member of CNS; minority members include Leidos, Inc.; ATK Launch Systems, LLC; and SOC LLC. Pantex and Y-12 are key facilities in the U.S. Nuclear Security Enterprise, and CNS performs its work with a focus on performance excellence and the imperatives of safety, security, zero defects, and delivery as promised.
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