National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA employee salute: thank you for your service

August 1, 2018

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Capt. Owen Travis and Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors Adm. James Frank Caldwell Jr.
Capt. Owen Travis and Deputy Administrator for Naval Reactors Adm. James Frank Caldwell Jr.

The challenging missions of NNSA require a highly-skilled and truly dedicated team. Many team members spend decades committed to preserving our nation’s security in a myriad of ways. When one of our own reaches a major career milestone, we like to make sure to say, “Thank you for your service.”

Capt. Owen Travis

Capt. Owen Travis and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
Capt. Owen Travis and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty

In a poignant ceremony, which included an official bell ringing and piping ashore, Capt. Owen M. Travis retired from the U.S. Navy and stepped down as Military Assistant to the DOE Under Secretary for Nuclear Security. In this role, he served the previous NNSA Administrator Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.) and has guided current Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty during her first months as well.

Travis graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 and holds master’s degrees from both Catholic University and Old Dominion University. His career began aboard the USS Boston in 1991, serving as a Reactor Controls Assistant, Communicator, and Combat Systems Officer. His next deployments came aboard the USS HG Rickover during which time he qualified for Command of Submarines. He went on to assume duties as Officer in Charge of Submarine Development Squadron Five, Executive Officer of USS Michigan, Officer in Charge of Pre-Commissioning Unit Hawaii, Commander of USS West Virginia, Deputy Commander for Readiness on the staff of Submarine Squadron Six, and, finally, Major Commander for USS Florida.

In honor of his steadfast support of NNSA, Travis was awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal and the Administrator's Distinguished Service Gold Award. Travis plans to begin a new chapter in his career, taking to the skies as a commercial airline pilot.

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty
Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton and NNSA Administrator Lisa E. Gordon-Hagerty

Brig. Gen. Michael Lutton has officially ended his two-year assignment as Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Military Application in the Office of Defense Programs. Lutton is a graduate of the United States Air Force Weapons School and holds master’s degrees from Lesley College, Air University, and Naval War College.

He has served with multiple weapon systems including the Peacekeeper and Minuteman III Intercontinental Ballistic Missile systems and the Milstar satellite communications system. He also served as a weapons school instructor, Weapons School Squadron Operations Officer, and Weapons School Squadron Commander. Lutton served as a weapons officer in the 32d Air Operations Group and served in OPERATION Allied Force. In addition to his operations experience, General Lutton completed staff tours at the Major Command, Headquarters Air Force and Combatant Command levels. Just prior to joining NNSA, he was the 91st Missile Wing Commander at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.

Upon his departure, Lutton was awarded the Secretary's Exceptional Service Award and the Administrator's Distinguished Service Gold Award in recognition of his significant contributions to NNSA and the maintenance of our nation’s nuclear stockpile. Lutton will move on to join the Pentagon Joint Staff.

Vicky Sinkler

Vicky Sinkler and Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security Jeffrey R. Johnson
Vicky Sinkler and Chief and Associate Administrator for Defense Nuclear Security Jeffrey R. Johnson

Vicky Sinkler is secure in the knowledge that her time keeping NNSA staff safe was worthwhile. Sinkler began her career in federal service in 1984, moving to Germany with her husband and working for the U.S. Department of Defense. She joined the Department of Energy (DOE) in 1990 and was assigned to the Office of Defense Programs, supporting senior leadership in numerous administrative positions. During this time, she began a special assignment with the Office of the Deputy Secretary of Energy.

When NNSA was established in 2000, Sinkler joined the “New Leaders Program”, where she thrived. As a result, an Alternate Headquarters Security Officer position was established to enforce day-to-day security practices required from all NNSA employees at the Washington, DC headquarters location. “Mrs. Security” dutifully served Defense Nuclear Security’s Office of Resource Management and Mission Support for 18 years.

Roland L. Frenck

Roland Frenck and NNSA Associate Administrator for Acquisition & Project Management Robert B. Raines
Roland Frenck, left, and Associate Administrator for Acquisition & Project Management Robert B. Raines

Roland L. Frenck has retired after being a loyal civil servant for 45 years – all of which was spent tirelessly furthering the missions of DOE and NNSA. Frenck earned a master’s degree in systems and industrial engineering; Advanced Project Management Certificates from both Stanford University and George Washington University; and is a Certified Project Management Professional.

He began his career as an engineer with the Lawrence Berkeley and then Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories, but went on to use his decades of experience and knowledge to greatly enhance project management practices for NNSA. Frenck developed three different risk management classes for use as part of DOE’s Project Management Career Development Program along with risk assessment and management guides used by project directors agency-wide. His enduring commitment was instrumental in the establishment of NNSA’s Office of Acquisition and Project Management.