More than 60 Laboratory staff members recognized with DOE Secretary’s Honor Awards

Four teams honored for exceptional contributions

January 31, 2022

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More than 60 staff members on four different teams at Los Alamos National Laboratory were recently recognized with Honor Awards from the Department of Energy Secretary—the highest honor a DOE employee or contractor can receive.

“To be recognized with this award is an exceptional achievement,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “These teams illustrate the commitment to excellence that has always been a hallmark of the Laboratory, and they should be proud of this well-deserved recognition.”

The four Los Alamos teams that received awards were the W76-2 Modification Team, the Burning Plasma on the National Ignition Facility Team, the Nuclear Incident Response Stabilization Team, and the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute Material Removal Team.

The DOE Secretary’s Awards formally recognize the outstanding achievements of individuals and teams who have gone above and beyond in fulfilling the DOE’s mission. Laboratory employees who were recognized are:

W76-2 Modification Team

In recognition of the team’s relentless dedication to engineering the submarine-launched W76 warhead to have a low-yield capability.

Petr Volegov
Justin Scott
Pete Pittman
Rob Baran
Candace Joggerst
Andrew Marshall
Kevin Buechele
Karen Kelley

Burning Plasma on the National Ignition Facility Team

In recognition of the team’s first-ever achievement at the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The team made advances in lasers, diagnostics, targets and physics understanding of capsule coupling and compression that, when combined, enabled a three-fold increase in fusion performance in a few-month’s period.

Noah Birge
Hans Herrmann
Young Kim
Hermann Geppert-Kleinrath
Verena Geppert-Kleinrath
John Kline
Kevin Meaney
Carl Wilde
Petr Volegov

Nuclear Incident Response Stabilization Team

In recognition of the team’s extraordinary dedication to implementing the National Security Council-directed “Capability Forward” initiative, to field equipment and training to counter-weapons of mass destruction teams in 14 major metropolitan areas across the United States.

Glenn Griggs
Samuel Gonzales
Victoria Duncan
Charles Gibson

Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute Material Removal Team

In recognition of the team’s exceptional efforts to collaborate at the federal, state and local levels to safely remove radioactive materials from the Lovelace Biomedical Research Institute under an intense and time-constrained schedule during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cristy Abeyta
Mark McCleskey
Patrick Fitch
Robert Margevicius
Andrea Martinez
David  McCumber
Eisha Herrera
Stephanie Archuleta
Gary Lauten
Craig Taylor
Leonard Manzanares
Marki Martinez
Markilee Martinez-Zambrano
Fran Martin
David Potter
Nathaniel Shanteau
Darlene Valdez
Miller Wylie
Ning Xu
Sean French
Dylan Klundt
Cathy Babcock
Harold Chacon
Michael Romero
Douglas Thacker
Chris James
Fabian Anaya
Joshua Mares
Rick Romero
Leon Trujillo
Donald Thorp
Joe Abeyta
Rudy Abeyta
Jason Gentry
Urban Hill
Earl Martinez
Onesimo Martinez
Lawrence Mccubbins, Jr.
Michael Rivera
Jose Trujillo
Jason Wohlberg