National Nuclear Security Administration

NNSA team members rank among the best

January 23, 2019

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Phil Calbos

Multiple NNSA team members were singled out in December 2018 for sustained extraordinary accomplishment with a Presidential Rank Award.

The Presidential Rank Awards program honors exceptional members of the Senior Executive Service (SES), a designation reserved for skilled and experienced leaders serving in key positions throughout the U.S. federal government. The awards were established in 1978 to recognize high-performing senior career employees for “sustained extraordinary accomplishment.” Only one percent of the SES workforce is selected for this honor.

Distinguished Executive Recipients

Philip Calbos served as the Acting Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, ensuring the safety of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and overseeing an analysis of alternatives that saved $6.6 billion in lifecycle costs and $3 billion in one-time costs. He also managed a Department of Energy-Department of Defense partnership to produce an integrated, guided nuclear bomb and tail-kit assembly on time.

Charles Taylor of NNSA's Naval Nuclear Propulsion Office (Naval Reactors)
Charles Taylor

Charles Taylor spearheaded the delivery of the USS Gerald Ford, the first ship in the Navy’s new nuclear aircraft carrier class, with new systems that will save $4 billion a year in lifecycle costs. He also played a key role in the $2 billion overhaul of the nuclear carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, the retirement of the nuclear carrier USS Enterprise, and the delivery of the USS John Warner and Washington nuclear submarines.

Meritorious Executive Recipient

NNSA alumnus Joseph Oder successfully led the $85 billion ground-based strategic deterrent and $9 billion long-range stand-off nuclear programs into the technology maturation and risk reduction phase. He also streamlined procedures resulting in accelerated processing of technical assistance requests, mitigating hundreds of potential work stoppages. Oder worked at NNSA from 2004 to 2014. He received the honor on behalf of the U.S. Air Force.

Joseph Oder, formerly with NNSA, is Executive Director, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center
Joseph Oder

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” Oder said. “It recognizes the importance of our mission and the entire team that ensures our nation’s most-powerful weapons are never doubted and always feared.”

Recipients of the Presidential Rank Awards are endorsed by their department’s deputy secretary, reviewed by a board of private citizens from across the country, and approved by the president.