National Nuclear Security Administration

New hires get an inside look at secure transport

April 20, 2018

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An OST convoy commander explains equipment used by Federal Agents during convoy operations for participants in the NNSA 1st Year program session in Albuquerque.
An Office of Secure Transportation convoy commander explains equipment used by federal agents during convoy operations for participants in the NNSA First Year program session in Albuquerque.

A group of over 30 new employees in the NNSA First Year Program got a special treat recently when they got to see a display of vehicles and equipment used by NNSA’s Office of Secure Transportation (OST) agents during convoy operations.  

The new NNSA hires were at the Department of Energy’s National Training Center on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM, to learn more about OST as part of the First Year Program. The group also got a tour of Sandia National Laboratories.

Office of Secure Transportation Assistant Deputy Administrator Vince Fisher, right, discusses the OST mission with Dr. Beatriz Cuartas, left, and an NNSA First Year participant.
Office of Secure Transportation Assistant Deputy Administrator Vince Fisher, right, discusses the OST mission with Dr. Beatriz Cuartas, left, and an NNSA First Year participant.

During their visit, participants also heard from Vince Fisher, Assistant Deputy Administrator for OST, who gave a presentation on the vital mission of securely transporting nuclear weapons, components and special nuclear materials across the enterprise. Other speakers included Kent Jones of Defense Programs, Dr. David LaGraffe of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation, and Susan Head of Defense Nuclear Security.

The First Year Program is an onboarding effort that acclimates recent hires to the organization’s day-to-day operations, connects them with senior leaders, mentors and colleagues; and introduces the fundamentals of NNSA. It consists of a two-day New Hire Orientation, a Building Your Foundation course, and Monthly Information Sessions.