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Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 11:56am

Employees at Pantex and Y-12 are proud of their work to support America and the world’s nuclear deterrent.Employees at Pantex and Y-12 are proud of their work to support America and the world’s nuclear deterrent.

This video shares why the work we do on life extension programs, such as the W76‑1, is important to nuclear deterrence. For more than 75 years, the sites have changed as missions changed, but employees have always adapted and delivered. Both sites are proud of what they do to support America and the world’s nuclear deterrent.

Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:30am

Syreeta Vaughn was recently appointed to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Advisory Board.Syreeta Vaughn was recently appointed to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Advisory Board.

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam appointed Syreeta Vaughn to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Advisory Board in December.

Vaughn, a graduate of UT, has served on the Earth and Planetary Science Board for more than 10 years. “I have had the honor and pleasure of seeing the EPS department grow and thrive,” Vaughn said. “Through my service and homegrown connection to the community, I have had a unique opportunity to see the impact UT has made on the community, students, and in my life.”

Vaughn has set her goal to be similar to what Haslam has envisioned. “Originally, UT had one board to support the entire UT collegiate system. Governor Haslam’s vision is that the four-board approach will afford us (the members) with the opportunity to meet UTK specific campus needs. As a UTK alumnus, I can only hope the small role that I will play as a member of this board will make a small impact both in the community and within UT.”

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Posted: Monday, February 11, 2019 - 7:15am

The Tennessee Veterans Business Association Dinner was held on January 28, 2019. CNS was a sponsor table. Attendees included Brian Arrington, Lisa Copeland, Amy Wilson, and Bill Tindal. Guest speaker was Oliver North. The Tennessee Veterans Business Association Dinner was held on January 28, 2019. CNS was a sponsor table. Attendees included Brian Arrington, Lisa Copeland, Amy Wilson, and Bill Tindal. Guest speaker was Oliver North.

Pantex and the Y-12 National Security Complex were recently named veteran-friendly employers. The Texas Workforce Commission and Texas Veterans Commission honored Pantex with the distinction in 2018, and the Tennessee Veterans Business Association recognized Y-12 in January. Together, Pantex and Y-12 employ more than 1,800 veterans.

Veterans serve in a range of roles at the sites, everything from security police officers to machinists to weapons assembly/disassembly operators to engineers. “Working at Y-12 has allowed me to continue my service to the nation in a meaningful way,” said Tom Tress, who served as a helicopter mechanic in the Marine Corps and is now a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt working on process improvement initiatives at the site. “I believe strongly in our nuclear deterrence mission.”

Sherry Philyaw, retired senior chief petty officer who now manages infrastructure assessments and corrective actions at Pantex, finds continuity in her military and Pantex careers through the structure and formality of processes. “To assure the dependability of every single one of our products, we have to follow procedures and policies, just like in the Navy,” she said. “We check and double check everything. Our customer has to know without a doubt that the product we deliver will be exactly what they are expecting.”

In addition to veterans, Pantex and Y-12 employ active-duty Reserve and National Guardsmen and women who are often deployed on tours of duty around the world.

“Military service builds skills that are very valuable to employers,” said Heather Freeman, Pantex Human Resources site manager. “Veterans have training in leadership, teamwork, loyalty, decision making, and technical skills. They have real-life experience, work well under pressure, are responsible, have a strong work ethic, and can interact with a variety of people. It is a great investment for both employers and those who have served our country.”

Moreover, since July 2014, Consolidated Nuclear Security, the managing contractor of Pantex and Y-12, has awarded veteran-owned small businesses nearly $184 million in contracts and service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses more than $81 million. Those contracts represent more than 200 veteran-owned small businesses and about 100 service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses.

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Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 1:05pm

Production personnel now have additive manufacturing machines in their areas to help produce fixtures for Y‑12 Operations.Production personnel now have additive manufacturing machines in their areas to help produce fixtures for Y‑12 Operations.

Additive manufacturing isn’t new to CNS, but three new machines recently found their home in a Y-12 production facility, and that location is new.

Susan Baker of Fabrication Operations said, “These machines provide a great opportunity for our employees to learn how this technology works and how we can apply it to optimize design and fabrication of tooling and fixtures.”

These newest machines are the first for Y-12 Production personnel to use and will be able to produce fixtures and support items for more widespread use in Y-12 Operations. A fourth machine, with a larger build volume, will be soon operational. Two similar machines already are in operation in an Engineering laboratory for prototypes and demonstrations.

Posted: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 12:59pm

Congratulations to our new security police officers! The class boasted an outstanding average of 95 percent on weapons qualifications. Congratulations to our new security police officers! The class boasted an outstanding average of 95 percent on weapons qualifications.

Congratulations to the newest Y‑12 Security Police Officers.

Y-12 graduated its newest Tactical Response Force I class in November. These Protective Force members completed standard basic training for the DOE Security Police Officer upon entry into the DOE/NNSA Protective Force community. The training focuses on individual and team tactical combat skills necessary to protect safeguards and security interests.

Central Training Facility Manager Dave Fritz said, “The class of 14 successfully completed the eight‑week paramilitary force course that included classroom training and extensive practical application in areas such as handgun and rifle manipulation, close‑quarters battle, and a tactical obstacle course.”

The new SPOs also attended Y-12–specific training that included routine and emergency vehicle operations, tactical causality care, officer survival, and surveillance/reconnaissance.

“These SPOs will receive several weeks of on‑site and on‑the‑job training when they report to Y-12 for duty,” Fritz said. “The class boasted an overall 95 percent average on weapons qualifications, which is well above of the required DOE 70 percent minimum.”

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