AMARILLO, Texas--Karl Waltzer, Acting Deputy Manager of the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Production Office, has received the NNSA Gold Medal Award in recognition of his distinguished achievements in support of national security programs.
Waltzer was presented the award during a recent visit by NNSA Administrator Lt. General (Ret.) Frank Klotz to the Pantex Plant, located near Amarillo, Texas. Waltzer is retiring after completing 35 years of government service.
During the ceremony, Waltzer was recognized for his outstanding and dedicated leadership and performance. Lt. General Klotz said, “Karl has been instrumental in assuring the safe, secure and successful execution of many notable programs associated with the U.S. nuclear deterrent, including stockpile life extension and dismantlement programs.”
As Acting Deputy Manager for NPO, Waltzer has been responsible for overall management and executive direction of technical programs, projects and activities performed by the NNSA Production Office (NPO) at Pantex and the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Waltzer was instrumental in the creation and startup of the NPO, which began operation in June 2013, and replaced the Pantex and Y-12 Site Offices.
Waltzer previously served as the NPO and Pantex Site Office Senior Scientific and Technical Advisor. His responsibilities included serving as the primary technical point of contact for the design agencies, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board and other advisory organizations regarding the development, integration and implementation of nuclear safety requirements for operations at Pantex and Y-12.
Waltzer began his career at Charleston Naval Shipyard supporting the refueling and overhaul of naval nuclear powered submarines. In 1991, he joined the Department of Energy's Savannah River Operations Office as a systems engineer for H-and F-Canyon operations. He transferred to the Pantex Site Office in 1999 where he worked as a senior nuclear safety analyst. He later served as the Pantex Site Office Assistant Manager for Oversight and Assessment and as the Assistant Manager for Nuclear Engineering.
Waltzer graduated from West Virginia University in 1979 with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering.
The mission of the NNSA Production Officeis to ensure the safe, secure and cost-effective operation of the Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; works to reduce global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.