In a message to Y-12 employees, the federal and contractor leadership said an “extensive and comprehensive security inspection” over the past several weeks by Department of Energy headquarters had found notable progress in the Oak Ridge plant’s security program.
The message was delivered by Arnold Guevara, the National Nuclear Security Administration Production Office’s safeguards and security manager, and Ken Freeman, the head of Safeguards, Security, and Emergency Services for Consolidated Nuclear Security, the Bechtel-led managing contractor.
“Overall results indicate that notable progress has been made since the last headquarters inspection, ” the officials said. “The Y‑12 protective force was also determined to be fully capable, and the inspection complimented their knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the primary protective mission. As expected the inspection noted areas for improvement, and we will use the feedback to continue building on the progress we have achieved.”
Here’s more from the message to employees:
“Our thanks go to the significant number of people who supported this inspection. Our protective forces performed admirably while demonstrating a high degree of professionalism, esprit de corps, and excellence in mission execution. Of course, security goes beyond just our protective forces. As one of our five shared absolutes, security is a responsibility that we all share. Thank you for all you do to protect our sites, the information and materials we are entrusted with, and the people of this great nation who rely upon us.”
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