NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby presented Jerry A. Weber, Assistant Manager for Safeguards and Security at the Nevada Field Office, with the Linton F. Brooks Medal for Dedication to Public Service. This award is an annual recognition of an outstanding NNSA employee whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of commitment and achievement embodied in Ambassador Brooks’ decades of selfless service.
Weber’s accomplishments include pioneering a groundbreaking Security Authorization Basis process at the Nevada National Security Site that streamlines security analysis and planning.
“Linton is the epitome of public service and anyone who receives this award should be highly honored and inspired to have a career as dedicated and as impactful as his,” said NNSA Administrator Jill Hruby in her remarks. “And Jerry truly epitomizes the characteristics this award was intended to recognize. He is a skilled professional tackling our nation’s toughest challenges while demonstrating a strong commitment to public service.”
Administrator Hruby was proceeded by Ambassador Brooks, former NNSA Administrator (2002-2007). “Having this award named after me was one of the highlights of my life and I’ll always be grateful to NNSA for this honor,” said Brooks. “But what’s important about this award is not what it’s named for, but what it symbolizes – it symbolizes public service.”
Brooks spoke of how the award is a legacy from the past to the future. “I represent the past and Jerry represents the future. When you look at his accomplishments, you recognize the future is in good hands.”
Mr. Weber closed out the ceremony by accepting the award saying, “I am extremely humbled and honored to receive this award and all that it stands for.” He went on to thank his wife, his NFO colleagues, external partners, and the broader organization. Weber expressed his appreciation for an organization that embraces new ideas and changes that have a positive impact on how he and his team effectively and efficiently execute NNSA’s extremely important national security mission.
The formal ceremony was held on Nov. 18 and streamed live via WebEx.