National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA recognizes top security professionals

July 17, 2019

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Keeping 2,000 miles of road, 2,100 square miles of land, and 36 million square feet of facility space safe and secure is no small feat. Select members of the Nuclear Security Enterprise have been singled out by NNSA in recognition of their exceptional dedication to ensuring mission operations run smoothly.

“I am pleased to announce these recipients. Their contributions to NNSA security programs represent excellence and dedication to nuclear security,” said Jeffrey Johnson, Associate Administrator for NNSA’s Office of Defense Nuclear Security.

The 2018 recipients of NNSA’s security awards have all also been nominated in the corresponding categories of the Department of Energy (DOE) Annual Security Awards Program. 

Marie Griego receives her NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.
Marie Griego receives her NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award.

Marie Griego: NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year

Griego is a Security Specialist at Los Alamos Field Office who has made significant and lasting contributions to the security of the enterprise. Her many federal oversight responsibilities include: Personnel Security; Safeguards and Security Program Management Operations; and Unclassified Foreign Visits activities. She serves on a detail to the Cyber Security and Information Technology Program and was an active participant in the HSPD-12 credential management focus group, which identified challenges and developed solutions that facilitated the NNSA mission. Beyond Griego’s professional security achievements, she was also the Los Alamos Field Office Key Worker for the 2018 Combined Federal Campaign, which tripled the Department’s goal last year.  

Roger Showalter receives his NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year award
Roger Showalter receives his NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year award

Roger Showalter: NNSA Bradley A. Peterson Contractor Security Professional of the Year

Showalter is the Senior Manager for Sandia National Laboratories Safeguards and Security Operations with responsibility for Protective Force Operations, Physical Security, Technical Security Systems, and Technical Surveillance Countermeasures. He revamped the way Sandia handled vault-type rooms. He also led the Sandia team that successfully initiated an enterprise-wide working group involving Technical Security Surveillance Measures, Communications, and Cybersecurity.

Noel Johnson receives his NNSA Security Manager of the Year award
Noel Johnson receives his NNSA Security Manager of the Year award

Noel Johnson: NNSA Security Manager of the Year

Johnson is the Manager of Protection Program Management and Operations at the Los Alamos Field Office. His contributions in 2018 helped to creating a highly effective Safeguards and Security Oversight Program, ensuring that security is integrated into all work. His expertise was used to improve the integration of security and emergency response between NNSA’s Los Alamos Field Office and DOE’s Office of Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office. 

Counter Unmanned Aircraft System group receives their NNSA Security Team or Group Award.
Counter Unmanned Aircraft System group receives their NNSA Security Team or Group Award

Counter Unmanned Aircraft System (CUAS) group: NNSA Security Team or Group Award

The CUAS project, which took about 13 months to complete, involved implementing a new technology near an active plutonium facility. The CUAS group was composed of representatives from the following Los Alamos Field Office and Los Alamos National Laboratory organizations: Protective Force; Safety Basis Authorization; Emergency Response and Render Safe; Configuration and Operability; Cybersecurity; and National Environmental Policy Act. The dual safety and security outcome created by this group’s efforts completed the pilot and laid the groundwork for the CUAS installation process at other NNSA Category I sites. Team members include: Julian Atencio, Brent Belcoff, Todd Breitigan, Randy Drake, Marie Griego, Michael Grimler, Noel Johnson, Jason Lujan, Tom May, Albert Roybal, Lennie Upshaw, and Unica Viramontes.