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Los Alamos Security Professional Adolfo Meana Jr. Earns DOE’s Highest Security Award

on November 7, 2017 - 6:56am

Adolfo Meana Jr. receives DOE’s highest award for a security professional. Courtesy/NNSA

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Los Alamos resident Adolfo Meana Jr., a security specialist at the National Nuclear Security Administration's (NNSA) Los Alamos Field Office is the recipient of the U.S. Department of Energy’s highest award for a security professional.

This is the first year of the Department of Energy Outstanding Security Award. In May, Meana received the Bradley A. Peterson Federal Security Professional of the Year award. He is a security specialist for the NNSA Los Alamos Field Office Safeguards and Security organization.

“Your exceptional leadership and oversight of Departmental security programs were essential to the continued safe and efficient protective missions of the National Nuclear Security Administration,” said Energy Secretary Rick Perry in a letter to Meana.

“As a Department of Energy security professional,” he added, “you serve in a capacity that demands a strong security background and a high degree of technical expertise. Your performance exemplifies the very best from the Los Alamos Field Office, a highly regarded group of professionals who ensure the security of our critical facilities. You were selected as the Department’s Security Professional of the Year to recognize your dedication, superior technical knowledge, demonstrated results, and commitment to excellence.”

Among the many achievements for which Meana was recognized was turning a classified computing room into a vault to safeguard classified information and systems. The project required installation and inspection of extremely sensitive equipment. It required creation or revision of policies, procedures and training to use and access to the vault and equipment. The vault allows for secure communications between the field office, Los Alamos National Laboratory and NNSA Headquarters.

As a security specialist, Meana oversees LANL’s programs for information security including classified matter protection and control and operations security; incidents of security concern and physical security including for locks and keys.

“It’s a great honor to have received this award,” Meana said. “My name may be on the award but it represents the talent and hard work of the whole safeguards and security team and the field office. I depend on my co-workers to do my job successfully, and vice versa. This award represents true teamwork.”

The Los Alamos Field Office oversees the $2.4 billion contract to manage and operate Los Alamos National Laboratory.