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NNSA presents two employees with Brooks Medal for Public Service

December 2, 2015

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Linton Brooks, left, chats with the recipients of the 2015 Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service: Ross Matzkin-Bridger and Na’ilah Bowden.

The National Nuclear Security Administration honored two employees this week with the 2015 Linton F. Brooks Medal for Public Service: Na’ilah Bowden and Ross Matzkin-Bridger. Brooks Medal nominees are NNSA employees with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence. The medal was established in 2008.

“Presenting this award is one of the great pleasures of this job,” said NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon. "Its recipients truly embody commitment to public service and professional excellence. They also remind us that the rising generation of public servants is fully equal to the challenges that will confront our nation in the future.”

Na’ilah Bowden is a Program Manager in the NNSA Office of Infrastructure Planning & Analysis. Bowden is responsible for implementing the BUILDER Sustainment Management System across the Nuclear Security Enterprise to reform NNSA’s ability to manage its infrastructure. The cutting-edge program helps NNSA make critical asset management investment decisions. This tool will better enable NNSA employees to be effective stewards of taxpayer money, using sound management practices, as we turn the Cold War nuclear weapons complex into a 21st century Nuclear Security Enterprise.

Bowden began her career in NNSA with the former Office of Facility Operations, where she led Program Readiness activities for the Readiness and Technical Base Facilities program. Bowden then moved on to lead NNSA’s climate change efforts in the Office of Sustainability. She participated in both the Future Leader Program and the Department’s Minority Serving Institutions Program and is a certified Project Management Professional and Contracting Officer Representative. Bowden earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering and a Master of Science in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Sustainability and Building Efficiency.

Ross Matzkin-Bridger is a Foreign Affairs Specialist in the Office of Material Management and Minimization. Matzkin-Bridger leads efforts to remove and eliminate highly enriched uranium and plutonium from facilities worldwide. Most recently, he has worked to negotiate and implement an agreement with Japan to remove and dispose of high-risk nuclear materials from its Fast Critical Assembly. Such efforts are critical as NNSA implements President Obama’s nuclear security agenda to reduce global nuclear dangers.

Previously, Matzkin-Bridger worked throughout Europe and Asia to minimize weapons-usable nuclear materials. These efforts have led to the removal and elimination of hundreds of kilograms of highly enriched uranium and plutonium, enough to build dozens of nuclear weapons. Prior to his current position, he served as an interpreter for a local government in Japan and as a research assistant at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Matzkin-Bridger earned a Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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NNSA Principal Deputy Administrator Madelyn Creedon said Na’ilah Bowden and Ross Matzkin-Bridger "remind us that the rising generation of public servants is fully equal to the challenges that will confront our nation in the future.”
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 Na’ilah Bowden speaks at the awards ceremony.
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Linton Brooks and Madelyn Creedon present the Brooks Medal to Ross Matzkin-Bridger.
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Linton Brooks and Madelyn Creedon present the Brooks Medal to Na’ilah Bowden.
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Ross Matzkin-Bridger speaks at the award ceremony.