The Office of Secure Transportation (OST) has 19 new federal agents, eight of whom will be assigned to the Central Command in Amarillo, Texas, with the rest assigned to the Western Command in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Their graduation ceremony on Nov. 27 at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, marked the successful completion of Nuclear Materials Courier training for the group.
“Nuclear Material Courier Basic graduation represents the culmination of a very challenging 17-week training program. OST conducts graduation to celebrate the conclusion of candidate training and the beginning of a new career as a Federal Agent - Nuclear Materials Courier,” said Scott Rogers, director of the OST training command at Fort Chaffee.
The class is the second-largest since 2010. Last July, 24 candidates joined OST as federal agents. Vincent Fisher, NNSA’s assistant deputy administrator for secure transportation, said the number of successful candidates has increased because of a modular training schedule that offers classes multiple times per year to accommodate more candidates.
Rogers said the program’s success depends on a variety of people.
“The training relies on a talented staff from across the entire OST organization, including personnel from OST Headquarters, training and logistics staff at the Transportation Safeguards Training Site, and federal agents from each of the agent commands,” he said. “Without this unified effort the training cannot be successfully completed.”
Phil Calbos, NNSA Principal Assistant Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs, was the featured speaker at the graduation ceremony.
OST is responsible for the safe and secure transport of government-owned special nuclear materials in the contiguous United States. Federal agents have driven more than 200 million miles without a fatal accident or release of radioactive material during 43 years of service.