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Laboratory and Triad recognized by the Department of Defense for support of the National Guard and Reserve

By David Moore | April 19, 2022

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Pia Romero (left) and Kelly Beierschmitt receive the Above and Beyond Award for Triad National Security. Also pictured: Sergeant Major (Retired) Willy Griego, ESGR New Mexico, and Brigadier General Jamison Herrera, Director of the Joint Staff, New Mexico National Guard (right).

Laboratory and Triad recognized by the Department of Defense for support of the National Guard and Reserve

The Laboratory and its operator Triad were recognized by the Department of Defense for their outstanding support of employees serving in the Army National Guard and Reserve. Both organizations received the Seven Seals Award, the Above and Beyond Award and two Pro Patria Awards for establishing policies that make it easier for employees to serve our nation in the National Guard and Reserve.

“It is an honor to be recognized for supporting Laboratory employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve,” said Laboratory Director Thom Mason. “It is essential that our policies help them transition between serving their communities, the country, and the Laboratory. We are very thankful to have National Guard and Reserve members in our workforce."

The awards were presented at a March 29 ceremony at the Laboratory, officiated by Brig. Gen. Jamison Herrera, Director of the New Mexico National Guard.

More detail on the awards are available here.

National Laboratories host virtual Earth Day event

To mark Earth Day on April 22, the Department of Energy’s National Laboratories across the country are hosting a day of coast-to-coast virtual education events exploring how the Department is investing in the planet. You can learn about Los Alamos’ biodegradable plastics project, explore how NREL are researching wind energy, or experience a day in the life of a researcher at a National Laboratory. The full schedule is here.

Quantum New Mexico Coalition aims to establish state as national hub

Science, education and economic development leaders across New Mexico have formed a coalition to bring future quantum computing jobs to the state. Sandia National Laboratories, The University of New Mexico and Los Alamos National Laboratory announced the new coalition April 1 at UNM during the Quantum New Mexico Symposium.

Quantum computers can run some tasks faster than would ever be possible with supercomputers. While the technology is still experimental, funding for its development has steadily increased worldwide as governments and businesses eye its economic and national security implications.

“Los Alamos National Laboratory has been a world leader in quantum science for decades,” said John Sarrao, deputy Laboratory director for science, technology and engineering. “The state of New Mexico is poised to benefit from quantum capabilities and technologies at Los Alamos and at our fellow institutions. We share a commitment to collaborative quantum research and development that engages and uplifts the broader communities and industries of our home state.”

The coalition is supported by more than 30 colleges, businesses, labs and nonprofit organizations that operate in New Mexico.