National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA Defense Programs leads the pack in giving back

May 23, 2018

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From left, Claudia Miranda, Nate St. Martin, Ed Byers, Dale Conwell, and Walter Cole of NNSA’s Defense Programs Decision Support team.
From left, Claudia Miranda, Nate St. Martin, Ed Byers, Dale Conwell, and Walter Cole of NNSA’s Defense Programs Decision Support team.

Looming clouds and scattered showers couldn’t put a damper on the enthusiasm of NNSA’s race team in the American Council of Life Insurers’ 37th Annual Capital Challenge.  

The five runners are all dedicated staff members from Defense Programs’ decision support team, which conducts 25-year planning, budgeting, and cost estimating for the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile.

The three-mile race invites all branches of the U.S. government to participate in a bipartisan event focused on fun, fitness and philanthropy. All entry fees were donated to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which provides service animals to veterans blinded in the line of duty and many others.

“The foundation enhances quality of life for these heroes – giving back a freedom that they sacrificed while protecting all of ours,” said Dr. Dale Conwell, the decision support team’s Assistant Deputy Administrator and race team captain.

The event took place at Anacostia Park in southeast Washington, D.C. and included over 500 runners. NNSA’s team placed 13th among participating Federal organizations in the executive branch.