During their time sheltering at home, Pantexans Mandi and Jeremy Neusch, both of Mission Engineering, along with their elementary age sons have taken on home‑schooling in a super practical
way — they’re raising 38 chickens, started a garden, and their cat had kittens! They also planted 107 trees as a future wind break around their farm, and they’re doing all of this on top of teleworking each
day and the boys completing school work through distance learning. Mandi said, “Who says sheltering means you have to sit on the couch?"
"As you go about your day, thank your colleagues, friends, and family who have taken an oath for America and you."
When President Harry Truman announced the creation of Armed Forces Day in 1949, he praised the work of the military services at home and across the seas. He said, "It is vital to the security of the nation and to the establishment of a desirable peace."
The world has changed dramatically since then, and so have our threats and adversaries. As we all navigate the current, unprecedented time of COVID-19, the impact it's had on our daily lives and the uncertainty it brings, I have found it easy to become sidetracked. It's easy to be so focused on what's changing that we forget some things have remained constant. Our armed forces are still working each day to secure our great nation and to establish a desirable peace. As we approach this third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day, I want to be sure we remember and recognize those who have served and are currently serving.
I am honored to be a part of this group as a former U.S. Navy submarine officer. My time in the U.S. Navy was a rich and rewarding experience, educating me on nuclear technology, providing me rigorous training of shipboard operations, and developing me as a professional and a leader. My experience instilled in me a strong sense of mission that was supported by a value-based culture.
Integrity, trust, teamwork, respect, and excellence were constantly reinforced and grounded in my actions, behaviors, and decisions.
With these same values providing the foundation for our work at Pantex and Y-12, and with the nuclear deterrent as the core of U.S. national security posture, it's not surprising that so many of our colleagues are former or current members of the armed forces. Our values are strong, our purpose is clear, and our mission is significant!
As you go about your day, thank your colleagues, friends, and family who have taken an oath for America and you. Let them know you appreciate the sacrifices they or their children have made or continue to make every day. For without them, America would not, could not, be the symbol of freedom and liberty around the world that it is today.
Elmer Davis, news broadcaster and director of the U.S. Office of War Information during World War II, said, "This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave." May we all remember his sentiment and appreciate those brave men and women who join our armed forces.
Vice President, Performance Excellence
On November 6, nearly 600 middle and high school students from schools around Region 16 Education Service Center came to the bi-annual Step Up to Success conference, hosted by Los Barrios de Amarillo, to learn about various occupations within different career fields. The Pantex booth had representatives from various occupations including protective force, engineering, and project management. Dominic Cortez ran a hands-on engineering workshop where the students had to build structures with marshmallows and pasta materials. Pantex also put on a mock Science Bowl competition for the students to test their knowledge.
Los Barrios de Amarillo focuses on the importance of higher education and ties a mentorship program to its scholarships, giving the chance for the students to continue learning from adults even as they pursue higher education.
At the event, Pantex presented $1,000 to the organization to put toward its scholarship fund.
Pantexans Stephanie Steelman, Bruce Phebus, and Berenice Pitre presented science excitement and education during the Window on a Wider World (WOWW) science collaborative this month.
This event is being held throughout the month of November at the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum in Canyon. The collaborative is an opportunity for fifth graders from the area to learn more about science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) careers in a hands-on way from scientists working at Pantex, Bell Helicopter and other companies.
Pantex presented $5,000 to Window On a Wider World on November 11 to support the ongoing WOWW Science Collaborative efforts.
Pantex was proud to take part in the biggest ever 12th Annual Veteran’s Welcome Home Event on November 9. Sponsored by the Amarillo VA Healthcare system, the event was started as a way to thank local veterans for their service by welcoming them home no matter when, or where they served.
In addition to the free burger and entertainment at the event, Pantex volunteers and local Boy Scouts passed out about 1,000 cookies to veterans; including some Pantexan veterans who stopped by to say hello.
Emergency Management’s Bill Easley-Mcpherson also had a radioactive materials display for families to learn more about RAD science and safety.