I am Mission Success: S. McIntosh
Take 5 minutes and learn about operations supervisor S. McIntosh. All views and opinions are the employee’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of CNS.
You are a Pantex production technician and you need some paperwork? Need a part as soon as possible? Need a friendly ear? Operations Supervisor S. McIntosh is one of the "go-to" problem solvers in her program, and while she prefers to let the efforts of her hard-working PTs speak for her, she has received recognition, including being named the Production Section Manager of the Quarter in June 2021.
Throughout her life, McIntosh has been familiar with multiple sides of the nuclear dice: An Air Force brat raised on stories told by her dad, she began her professional career in nuclear medicine before moving to the weapons side.
She and her family were living in Kansas when, in 2004, her husband got a job at Bell Helicopter and they made the move to Amarillo.
At that time, she worked as a radiographer and nuclear medicine tech at both area hospitals, Northwest Texas and BSA. In 2015, she transferred to a different side of the nuclear dice when she came on board at Pantex, using her training and experience in a new way. It was a change she embraced with enthusiasm.
“When I started here, I was in awe of the work we do,” she said. “I remember pushing in the first weapon I ever worked on and saying to my teammates, ‘Is this not the coolest job?’ No one does what we do here at Pantex. I loved the transition.”
How does patriotism factor into your life? Did your level of patriotism change after working at Pantex?
My father is a retired Air Force veteran who served and fought in both the Vietnam and Korean wars. He spent part of that time working with nuclear weapons. As a kid, he would tell me many stories about his time in the Air Force, and although I knew that the military would not be my path, I have had a strong sense of patriotism my whole life.
I am very proud to work for a company that provides our nation’s nuclear deterrent and so grateful for our military men and women who serve and sacrifice for our country.
What is your favorite aspect about your work environment? How does that aspect make you know the mission is being met?
I love when different organizations collaborate to enhance our processes. Being a part of these meetings allows everyone participating to hear about obstacles each of us face and how we can come together toward a resolution. We are better together and only succeed if we work together as a team.
As an employee, what do you want to be remembered for?
I hope that I am remembered for my hard work and compassion.
What work advice would you offer someone who is new to Pantex?
Learn as much as you can from as many as you can.
We have so many talented and knowledgeable team members at Pantex. I think it is important to dive in and understand how each organization functions on a high level to ensure that we meet our commitments and to provide a quality product that our customer expects.
What is your top bucket list item and why?
I am not an adrenaline junkie, so skydiving would definitely not be on list!
One thing I have always wanted to do is to go to the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas, and dig for diamonds. With any luck, I’ll find something!