National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA administrator visits NNSS to meet team, see national security work

June 10, 2016

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Last month, Department of Energy Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.) visited NNSA's Nevada Field Office where he hosted an all-hands for NNSA-Nevada staff and presented several service awards. During the trip he visited the NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory and Nevada National Security Site (NNSS). Both the laboratory and NNSS support a wide range of activities in support of U.S. national security goals.

Recognizing 85 total years of federal service, Klotz, far right, presented service awards to three Nevada Field Office federal employees. From left, Nevada Field Office manager Steve Lawrence joined Kirk Lachman, recognized for 25 years of service; Brian Clifton, recognized for 10 years of service; and Edward Forness, who received his 50-year service award.

NNSS scientist Scott Pellegrini shows the variety of detection equipment used by responders to detect radiological material to NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz.

Communications are critical to responders during a radiological emergency. NNSA can provide equipment which allows responders to have immediate cell service anywhere within the continental United States. Klotz points to one of the portable cell “towers” as NNSS’ Michael Buglewicz explains the range and functionality of the unit.

NNSS scientist Jesse Bonner, left, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientist Leon Berzins, center, stand at the site of the most recent source physics experiment (SPE) with Klotz. SPE experiments generate seismic waves to help NNSA scientists develop methods to detect underground nuclear explosions and differentiate between conventional explosions and earthquakes.

Group photo with the Seismic Hammer at NNSS. Front row, from left: Steve Vigil (Sandia National Laboratories), Ping Lee, (Desert Research Institute), John Hampshire (HK Exploration), Ray Keegan (DRI), NNSA Administrator Frank Klotz, and Jim Holt (NSTec). Back row, from left, : Rob Hensley (HK Exploration) and Kale McLin (NSTec).

The 13,000 kg (28,600 lbs.) Seismic Hammer at the NNSS. The kinetic energy of the hammer striking the ground, from a distance of 1.5 m, produces a very simple reproducible energy pulse suitable for seismic applications. Moved from point-to-point using a tractor-trailer rig, use of the hammer is more efficient than explosives.