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New NNSS Fire and Rescue Chief Named

US DOE Advisory Board to Meet 07-20-16
NNSS Aviation Professionals Win Top Honors from DOE



Celebrating 65 Years of Protecting America’s
National Security Interests
Celebrating 65 Years

In 1945, the United States and Soviet Union met at the doorstep of Berlin, Germany, in the aftermath of World War II, and set in motion a nuclear arms race that would last some 50 years.

At its height, the Cold War required that the United States achieve extraordinary advancements in the field of nuclear physics. The testing ground for those efforts became a 1,360-square-mile swath of desert, once known as the Nevada Test Site (NTS), outside Las Vegas.

In 2016, the NNSS celebrates a storied 65-year history that saw the atomic testing era evolve into a period of peace-time science. In addition to a modern stockpile stewardship program, the Site also is home to many new missions that ensure the security of the nation’s borders and the readiness of emergency personnel against nuclear terrorism.

President Harry S. Truman in 1951 opened the doors of the Nevada Proving Ground. By 1954, the name had changed back and forth, becoming the NTS for good – and indicator of a fast-changing, yet important dynamic to American national security.


In 1992, a moratorium was signed ending the atomic testing era as it was known, instead paving the way for stockpile science. But the evolution of the mission of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) as it became in 2010, was more than just nuclear weapons. The NNSS also evolved into a testing ground for homeland security and counterterrorism operations support, such as testing nuclear detection systems at U.S. borders and training first responders in mitigation of loose nukes and dirty bombs.


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Nevada Enterprise Employees Send Students Back to School with Supplies, Shoes


Back to School Photo


Students in Southern Nevada have headed back to school, and thanks to the efforts of Nevada Enterprise employees, many of them now have the supplies needed to make this school year a success.


Piles and piles of notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, binders, scissors, tissue boxes, writing paper, paper towels, post-it notes, folders, glue and backpacks were donated during the National Security Technologies (NSTec) and Centerra-Nevada school supply drives. NSTec’s donations went to focus schools Kit Carson Elementary School and Jim Bridger Middle School; Centerra-Nevada’s supplies supported their focus school, Jacob E. Manch Elementary School. In addition to supplies, NSTec was also able to donate $3,500 to each of their focus schools due to a fundraising effort put on by employees of the CFO & Enterprise Services Directorate.


“The schools were extremely surprised and overwhelmed when we handed them checks in addition to the school supplies,” says Barrett Shaw, NSTec’s supply drive coordinator. “It almost brought them to tears.”


But that’s not all.


Firefighters and paramedics from the Nevada National Security Site Fire and Rescue Department also collected hundreds of pairs of shoes, money and school supplies to help disadvantaged children in Las Vegas. The firefighters collected items at the Walmart on North Decatur and 215. The shoes and money went to Goodie Two Shoes to assist in resupplying their shoe stock after they were robbed of $20,000 in supplies in June. School supplies were collected as part of Walmart’s back to school efforts in helping children around the region.


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It’s Official: NNSS has New Logo
Design Encompasses the NvE Mission


NNSS logo


The Nevada Enterprise has unveiled the new logo of the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) that is more modern and encompasses the entirety of the Nevada Enterprise (NvE).

The old logo and its bold outline of the Site is now replaced with a contemporary design that has thinner, more streamlined letters. A blue swoosh at its side soars toward a blue star, reflecting “one NNSS” – one mission, one entity moving forward.

The new logo eliminates the Site’s outline because our mission is less about the NNSS itself and more about the work all the NvE organizations do at the Site and outside of it, said Steve Lawrence, manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Nevada Field Office (NNSA/NFO). Removing a visual tie to the shape of the Site helps foster the mission rather than the location.

“Our old NNSS logo spoke to the proud legacy of the Site’s importance. But the work we do happens at several locations nationwide, not just in Nevada, so this new design is a statement of the many talents and capabilities demonstrated beyond the Site itself. I am proud to unveil this new Site logo that represents all of the work we do every day,” said Lawrence.

Each company will have the capability to identify themselves in the logo by displaying their organization’s name at the right of the swoosh.

At his all-hands meeting in April, National Security Technologies President Jim Holt proudly announced that the new logo “took a long while and a cadre of personnel, all the way up to headquarters, to get this approved. But it finally happened and I am so proud of it because it’s a symbol of the NNSS’ accomplishments and outcomes we all wish to achieve. It’s important how we represent national security.”

The NFO and NSTec collaborated on a number of designs, from which they had many to choose. After careful review, the team presented their top choices to NNSA headquarters in Washington, D.C. Great care was taken in what “message” the NNSA wanted the logo to convey. As the Site’s name changed in 2010, so too would its designed image eventually change.


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NNSS Aviation Professionals Win Top Honors from Department of Energy  
RSL wins top honors  
                                        RSL Aviation Chief of Maintenance Dave Krausnick  

Las Vegas, Nevada—The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Aviation Program has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy as Aviation Program of the Year for 2016. Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) Chief of Maintenance Dave Krausnick has been awarded Aviation Professional of the Year, it was announced last week in Washington D.C.


With the award, the aviation team was recognized for being the most outstanding, safest, and most efficient and effective in all aspects of the flight program. The NNSS Aviation Program is responsible for helicopters and fixed wing aircraft that conduct an array of special missions, ranging from aerial surveillance for radiological threats during major events around the world to aerial monitoring for consequence management to wildland firefighting operations at the NNSS. RSL’s aviators also were called on to help in an advisory capacity during the 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The aircraft are based out of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas and Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.

Krausnick was recognized as the top professional in DOE Aviation whose operational skills and accomplishments contributed in the most outstanding manner to improving and sustaining the safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of the NNSS Aviation Program, said Richard Fischer, Aviation Section Manager at RSL.

“I am exceptionally proud of this accomplishment on behalf of our whole Aviation Team which includes our pilots, mechanics, operations and administrative staff, and our Aviation Safety and Management Team within NSTec and the Nevada Field Office (NFO),” Fischer said. “This is the result of a true team effort from an extraordinary group of talented professionals who are exceptionally dedicated and represent the best aviation professionals in all of the Department of Energy. Each and every member of our team brings value to our operation and customer, and this award reflects recognition of your truly outstanding efforts.”

For many years, the RSL program has been noted as one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for excellence and innovation in aviation management and administration, operations, maintenance, training and safety. RSL’s aviation program also was recognized for more than 18 consecutive years of operations without an accident or incident, and several RSL team members have received numerous individual safety achievement awards.

NSTec manages operations at the NNSS and its related facilities and laboratories for the National Nuclear Security Administration/NFO. NSTec teams with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Los Alamos National Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories on many national security programs. NSTec also works on projects for other federal agencies, as it fulfills its national security missions.

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