CNS recently hosted its inaugural Fellows Colloquium at
“This is our declaration—that we are an organization that does work of tremendous scientific and technical significance for our nation, and this work requires the very best. It’s our most senior scientific and technical rank or title and connotes that we are engaged in activities that merit this level of personnel — equal to what occurs elsewhere in high-technology industries,” said Smith.
Glenn Pfennigwerth (Uranium Fellow), Alan Moore (Metallurgy), Vincent Lamberti (
“The colloquium was vitally important to showcase the great technical work we do and to honor the individuals who are leading us into the future,” said Ashley Stowe, CNS Fellows program manager. “The excitement for staff at Pantex and
Family, co-workers and management came out recently to congratulate the seventh group of graduates from the
The graduating class was made up of eight machinists who completed the four-year program, which is a partnership between Consolidated Nuclear Security and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council, with classwork provided by Pellissippi State Community College.
Atomic Trades and Labor Council President Mike Thompson pointed to the valuable relationship CNS and the ATLC have created with the Apprentice Program, and he extended thanks to the members of both groups that make up the
“This is a great accomplishment for you, CNS, and our union. This is something that can never be taken from you and will provide you a path to a career that you can be proud of,” he said. “I don’t have to tell you how good these jobs are. Take care of them for those who will follow you. As a young man in the late ‘70s and early ’80s, I could only hope for the opportunity that you have had to participate in this program.”
Y-12’s expertise in handling uranium was called upon in 2010 for Project Golden Llama. The project took highly enriched uranium from Chile, which was the fifth country to remove all of its HEU after an international call for countries to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials within four years.
During shipment preparations, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake occurred off the Chilean coast causing widespread damage to surrounding areas. Contingency plans were made, and the shipment made its way to Oak Ridge with minimal delay.
For almost two years, the Communications group at Y‑12 has sent care packages to coworker Lisa Harris’ son, who serves with the U.S. Air Force. The packages started as a way to make her son and his squadron’s deployment in Turkey more comfortable.
Harris said, “We’ve supported them as often as we can with small items they can carry with them — gum, granola, peanuts, cookies. We sent them things to help take their focus off being away from their families and friends for long periods of time.”
To show their appreciation for the gesture, the squadron sent a flag that was flown in the cockpit of an A‑10 Warthog during a mission. Harris said, “We never expected anything in return. To us, it was the least we could do.” The group plans to continue sending care packages to the 51 members of the Air Force stationed there.
Dale Christenson, project director of the Uranium Processing Facility, was presented the U.S. Department of Energy’s Federal Project Director of the Year Award on March 14. Christenson leads the NNSA’s $6.5 billion UPF project underway at