PAE Seeking Vice President, Safeguard and Security (SAS) and Emergency & First Responders (E&FR)

Summary: Looking for a retired 0-6/0-5/Chief. Current TS clearance required. Nuclear base experience or work with DOE also very helpful. The location is near Richland, Washington. Here is the application link with the fuller job description:

The hiring authority, Mr. Kevin Smith can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 509-396-1683.

Position Title: Vice President, Safeguards and Security (SAS) and Emergency & First Responders (E&FR)

Position Description: As a member of the executive leadership team, the candidate will be responsible for delivery of comprehensive, high-quality safeguards and security (SAS) and emergency and first response (E&FR) services under the Hanford Mission Essential Services Contract (HMESC) at the Department of Energy’s (DOE) 586-square mile Hanford Site near Richland, Washington. The candidate will directly supervise the Hanford Patrol Chief and Hanford Fire Chief, and others as assigned. The Hanford Patrol Chief leads the protective/security force to ensure the physical protection of Hanford Site special nuclear material (SNM), classified materials, industrial assets, and to mitigate and deter radiological and toxicological sabotage events. The Hanford Fire Chief leads the fire and first responders to prevent or effectively control/mitigate wildland and structural fires, and ensure timely and successful responses to emergency events on the Hanford Site.


  • Put in place the governance and operational working practices of the SAS and E&FR department.
  • Lead the SAS and E&FR team: Coach, mentor, motivate and empower the team.
  • Plan the overall SAS and E&FR services from end-to-end. Monitor and report progress.
  • Attend and participate in a variety of meetings and task force groups to integrate activities, communicate issues, obtain approvals, resolve problems and maintains specific level of knowledge pertaining to new developments, requirements and policies.
  • Develop, maintain and enforce departmental policies and standard operating procedures.
  • Follow all company and DOE policies and procedures; perform all assigned duties in a safe manner.
  • Create and maintain the departmental plan, integrating key deliverables of the program.
  • Coordinate and submit deliverables related to SAS and E&FR effort.
  • Work with union leadership to develop & maintain common understanding of priorities and issues.
  • Report overall departmental status to the leadership at regular intervals and on an ad-hoc basis.
  • Responsible for departmental quality, and embed quality processes into operations from the outset.
  • Work closely with the Quality Assurance, as necessary.
  • Identify issues, initiate corrective action as necessary, work corrective actions to final resolution.
  • Manage the program risks; embed a risk management process into the program from the outset.
  • Review and evaluate job performance of subordinates as well as assess response crews for efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Communicate regularly and effectively will stakeholders to include DOE, other Hanford Contractors (OHCs), direct management, and the entire contractor team.
  • Coordinate representation of the Hanford Site SAS and E&FR team at local, state and national gatherings. Host gatherings of teams from other locations at the Hanford Site.
  • Develop and manage the SAS and E&FR budget: Receive budget information from subordinate personnel, prepare budget estimates, manage to the approved budget.
  • Responsible and accountable for the coordinated management of multiple related projects directed toward SAS and E&FR departmental objectives. Approve the project plans of the project teams, negotiating work packages as required. Ensure the delivery of these work packages within the set time, quality, and budget constraints.
  • Monitor costs incurred against plans, demonstrate savings through innovative planning and coordinating techniques. Reduce assets in alignment with Site remediation and closure.
  • Participate in analysis of cost and schedule specific to the SAS and E&FR scope, write variance analysis to support EVMS format 5.
  • Prepare reports to the management summarizing departmental activities and status.

Qualifications Required:

  • Bachelors’ degree in related field, such as law enforcement, police science, police administration, or criminology
  • Fifteen (15) years’ experience in security or law enforcement administrative and operations (that includes protection of nuclear material) in the armed forces security police or civilian equivalent
  • At least eight (8) managing large safeguards and SAS teams on a 24/7/365 operational schedule
  • Prior security / law enforcement experience includes a leadership role in configuration and maintenance of physical security systems, information security, and personnel security programs
  • Direct management of teams that provide SAS services to multiple stakeholders across a large geographical area.
  • Understanding of emergency services
  • Must possess and maintain a Top Secret security clearance
  • Experience working within, influencing within, and networking within a matrix environment.
  • Innovative problem solver.
  • Excellent communication and briefing skills.

Qualifications Desired:

  • Prior program leadership / management role within DOE or as contractor to DOE.
  • Experience working at the DOE Hanford Site
  • Experience in similar role at another DOE site
  • MBA or other advanced degree

Optional program management qualification (PgMP or MSP)

PAE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our hiring practices provide equal opportunity for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, gender, national origin, age, United States military veteran’s status, ancestry, sexual orientation, marital status, family structure, medical condition including genetic characteristics or information, veteran status, or mental or physical disability so long as the essential functions of the job can be performed with or without reasonable accommodation, or any other protected category under federal, state, or local law.

These Four-Legged Military Heroes Will Soon Have an Award of Their Own

By: Noah Nash, Military Times, 8 August 2018


Senior Airman Ryne Wilson, 99th Security Forces Squadron military working dog handler, praises Habo during a patrol at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Aug. 7, 2017. (Airman 1st Class Andrew D. Sarver/Air Force) 


Military working dogs, the beloved canines who have saved countless of troops on the battlefield, will soon have their own commendation.

The “Guardians of America’s Freedom Medal,” created via legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., is the first official Defense Department commendation for military working dogs, the New York Times reported.

Menendez announced the passage of the legislation on Tuesday at the U.S. War Dog memorial in Holmdel, New Jersey. The award, included in the latest defense authorization act, will be official when President Trump signs the NDAA, something he’s expected to do in the coming days.

The legislation will allow each service to establish its own criteria for the award, Menendez said, according to the New York Times. Each service also will design its own version of the award.

“These dogs endure multiple tours of duty. Some come back having lost limbs and others give their lives in service to their teams,” Menendez said, according to the New York Times. “Yet until now the U.S. military did not recognize the incredible service and sacrifice of working dogs and their handlers.”



The military's first official commendation for military working dogs and their handlers is about to become official. The U.S. War Dog memorial in New Jersey is shown here. (Wikimedia Commons)

The U.S. War Dog memorial, where Menendez made the announcement, features a bronze statue of a Vietnam War soldier kneeling next to his loyal canine companion. The memorial was built in 2006 next to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial. 



According to the New York Times, several hundred dogs are currently deployed to the Middle East.

Menendez, who cited the life-saving exploits of several working dogs and their handlers who attended Tuesday’s announcement, said there’s no reason why military dogs should be treated as just equipment or animals.

“If we as a nation can strap a Kevlar vest on Cairo and send him on a mission with SEAL Team 6, or we can deploy dogs like Kira or Khrusty or Rudy to dangerous regions around the world, then I think they deserve more than treats and a pat on the head,” he said.

The new measure is a significant change of pace from the way military dogs were considered at the time of the Vietnam War. According to the New York Times, dogs were often considered to be “equipment” and that many were euthanized or given away to the Vietnamese at the end of their service.

“Honoring [the dogs'] service — as well as their partner — I think is incredibly important. You know, we have lost a lot of dogs along the way who gave their lives ... others have been maimed for life,” the senator said. “At the end of the day, I think it’s the least a grateful nation can do for them and for their handlers.”

Defenders Wanted ... looking for a job?

HEB Security Site Monitor Position Open

HEB has two vacancies and will conduct interviews for others. They are looking for tranisitoning Security Forces types with Personnel Protection training and experience.

Security Site Monitor (2 openings)

Here is the link to the position.

A few things about the position:

  • It’s shift work. We have three shifts – 6a – 2p, 2p – 10p, 10p – 6a. They rotate shifts once a month and need to be able to work all three shifts, work OT, and be on call.
  • This is part of a small team monitoring security cameras (CCTV) for our executive team (several residences and business locations). They are the eyes and ears for the

Executive Protective agents. They monitor the cameras but don’t respond to incidents (the EP agents or SAPD, etc. would be called by the Security Site Monitor to respond).

  • Because of the confidential nature of the role, we cannot have anyone in position with a close friend or relative that currently works for H-E-B.
  • A unique factor that candidates also need to know is that they will not be able to move into other areas of the company after being in this role (sensitive nature of the position) and since the team is so small there are no promotional opportunities.
  • We are looking for someone with a security background, especially if they have experience monitoring CCTVs. A degree is a plus but not required.

 Executive Protection (no active openings but would like to conduct exploratory interviews)

  • Provides armed protection to H-E-B executive (driving, close protection duties)
  • They travel to events with their protectee and may be away up to 2 weeks at a time
  • Should be humble, intelligent, adaptable, well-spoken, well-groomed in appearance, and confidential
  • Must have several years of direct EP level experience with a high value client, well trained
  • We are looking for someone who wants to stay in position for several years
  • They cannot have relatives or close friends currently with H-E-B



Centerra Los Alamos

Position Title:                        CAS/CUAS Supervisor

Department:                          PF Operations

Hourly Wage Range           $38.79


This supervisory position is responsible for directing and controlling the Central Alarm Station (CAS) operations and supervising CAS personnel. It provides day to day

supervision and direction to CAS and SAS operators during routine operations and during any required security and/or emergency response operations. This position identifies CAS staffing needs and develops staffing analysis reports. In addition, this position has direct oversight and accountability for Counter Unmanned Aerial Systems (CUAS) Operations, including monitoring, detection, identification, tracking and neutralization of unauthorized UAS activity within LANL’s restricted air space. It provides direction to other area PF supervisors regarding the use of secondary CUAS systems.

Communicates with Emergency Management and Response (EM&R) in regards to a UAS situation and the compensatory measures required after employment of CUAS measures, including the initiation and coordination of render-safe operations for downed platforms.


  1. Associates degree or four (4) years’ experience in security or related field.
  2. Minimum two years Protective Force security experience with Department of Energy armed security operations.
  3. Demonstrated tactical leadership, oversight and supervisory skills and knowledge of security practices.
  4. Ability to speak and write in a grammatically correct, professional, effective manner, drafting correspondence, proofreading text, coordinating the work of others, preparing reports.
  5. Supervisory skills to include leading personnel, directing work assignments and tactical responses, planning, organizing, scheduling, team building, problem solving, conflict resolution, and directing activities of assigned employees.
  6. Must be able to react, provide direction, leadership and support under any type of emergency conditions.
  7. Intermediate-level computer skills that include all the Microsoft Office Suite of software.
  8. Required to successfully complete Site Specific Training Programs, OJT and maintain proficiency.
  9. Currently have or be able to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) Q

-Clearance and be certified/volunteer for the Human Reliability Program (HRP).

  1. Ability to obtain and maintain a valid driver’s license.
  2. Successfully complete site specific CAS/ CUAS training course and certification designed to provide the minimum level of skills and knowledge needed to competently perform all tasks associated with job responsibilities.
  3. Must be available to work extended hours (day and night).
  4. Must be able to work in remote and austere environments.


  1. Certification as a CUAS operator with neutralization authority and Certification as a UAS pilot/pilot in command; prior military experience as UAS operator (Army MOS 15W/Air Force MOSC 1U0X1).
  2. Central Alarm Station Supervisory experience.
  3. Knowledge of and experience with early detection and alarm systems, and/or closed circuit television (CCTV) monitoring systems.

NOTE: (Internal Applicants) Discipline on file does not disqualify an applicant.

However, discipline on file will be taken into consideration as part of the hiring process.


INTERNAL APPLICANTS: Internal applicants who are qualified and interested

MUST submit a resume and cover letter describing in detail how your experience meets the minimum and additional desired position qualifications. Internal applicants are not required to submit a new employment application. Email your resume and cover letter by the close date to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: External applicants who are qualified and interested

MUST complete both of the outlined steps below.

  1. Complete the online application process for this position by visiting the following link:

  • Select—“Jobs at Centerra!” Search by: Los Alamos
  1. Submit a cover letter describing in detail how your experience meets the minimum and additional desired position qualifications. Email your cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 POSITION CLOSE DATE: Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at 5:00PM (MST) Contact Brandy at 505-665-7521 if you have any questions regarding this posting.

Benchmark! Way to go McConnell!

Kudos to Maj Gen Sharpy and the AMC leadership team for what Chief Hartz just witnessed at McConnell AFB. Her visit was intended to assist the unit with transitioning to our new shift schedule, predicated upon 8-hours of armed duty, protected time off, and scheduled reconstitution time. It turns out not only do they not need our help (they transitioned without our presumed manpower assist) they have essentially checked the box on every Reconstitute Defender Initiative we have which involves their mission set.

They accomplished this because of the support of their Wing leadership and in the words of their Defense Force Commander, Major John Farmer, "it just takes hard work and not pushing the easy button." Their Security Forces Manager, Chief Rebecca McNelley, is leading the charge and has her Defenders motivated to generate airpower.

For those who may think McConnell is a sleepy hollow, I don't believe such a thing exists in our Air Force -- this unit made it happen in the midst of working KC-46 bed down, an open house air show, an aggressive MAJCOM and Wing exercise schedule, and the need to relocate squadron facilities (the photo of the wood pile is what they are reclaiming and turning into unit farewell plaques through self- help). Everyone has a full plate.


 1st Leaders Led Trainer

 Automated Fingerprint Training

 Total Force Integration Training







Reconstitute Defender Initiative in Action!

  • New Shift Schedule - 8 hours armed
    • MSgts leading/coaching/mentoring as Flight Chiefs
    • Reconstitution Time Built into Schedule
    • Protected Time Off
    • Surge Capability
  • Leader Led Trainers deliver training on-duty
  • Firearms simulator in use—Milo system
  • Sending Defenders to Tiered Training
  • Expended 75% of ammo, requested/received more for sustainment firing
  • Enhancing Installation Access Control Points to eliminate perimeter breaches
  • Culture and history—prideful unit
  • Team of teams—UDM initiative benchmark 

Root Canal Gets Canine Warrior’s Bite Back

By: Daisy Grant, The Journal Record , Tinker Take Off, 5 July 2018

Kevan Goff-Parker, Staff Writer


One of Tinker Air Force Base’s 72nd Security Forces Squadron K9 team members, Aruba, a German shepherd, age 4, recently suffered a chipped tooth during a Military Working Dog demonstration after he was commanded to attack a man wearing a bite suit on May 29.



Military Working Dog Aruba, a four-year-old German shepherd, relaxes outside of the surgery suite in the vet clinic before his procedure to have a new crown fitted to one of his canine teeth. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)



Aruba’s handler, Airman 1st Class Marco Arroyo, said he and Aruba were doing bite work on controlled aggression training when one of his dog’s canine teeth broke off. Despite his injury, Aruba kept working.


“I heard a break, like a stick snapping, and saw his tooth fly in the air, but he didn’t give up,” Arroyo said. “I had to take him off because he was still biting. He’s one of the youngest dogs, very energetic and hungry to learn, but I was very concerned.”


Fortunately, Veterinarian Dr. Heather Cameron was in the audience along with visiting U.S. Army Lt. Col. Sidney M. Cobb Jr. Once Arroyo saw that his MWD’s tooth was bleeding, they immediately took Aruba to the vet clinic so Cameron could examine him. She provided pain management to make him comfortable for the night, and took X-ray images the next day.


Upon examining the X-rays, Cameron discovered Aruba needed a root canal. She then called U.S. Air Force Comprehensive Dentist Maj. (Dr.) Heather Brooks with the 72nd Dental Squadron, to see if she was interested in performing the procedure


“We don’t usually do root canals or crowns, but we discovered we could save a good chunk of the root — the actual part of the tooth that sits on the gum line,” Cameron said. “That’s always a better option for a Military Working Dog because it helps him maintain that bone as he ages, and Aruba’s only 4 and has a good, long working life ahead of him in the future. We’ve worked with Maj. Brooks and the 72nd Dental Squadron before and they’ve been very helpful and willing to help us out.








Airman 1st Class Marco Arroyo comforts a 72nd Security Forces Squadron K9 team member Aruba before his root canal. (U.S. Air Force photo/Amy Schiess)



“Dr. Brooks has a lot more experience on root canals than I do because they do them every day. The last one I did was four years ago, so if she was willing to do it, I’d rather have that quality of care for my Military Working Dogs.”


Brooks said she was thrilled to have the opportunity. She had actually saved a lecture she had heard five years before about performing root canals on the military’s canine warriors.


“It’s a good thing I’m a hoarder,” Brooks said, laughing. “I kept all those lectures. The irony was, I was briefed during my first residency at Travis Air Force Base and you never know you might get the opportunity to do this. I really studied up!”


Brooks said the biggest difference between dog and human teeth is that dog’s teeth, especially canine teeth, are significantly longer and the curvature is different. Cameron, Brooks and both vet clinic and 72nd DS staff assisted with the root canal. Aruba received a kiss from Arroyo, then anesthesia and Brooks got busy. The operation lasted more than two hours.


“Aruba had a deep break, so we had to do a little bit of dental heroics,” Brooks said. “We don’t have dental trays for dogs, so we created an impression tray and made a putty mold of his teeth. Aruba’s canine teeth are huge at 3.5 centimeters long, so we had some MacGyver moments, because while they had some of the equipment we needed, human dental instruments aren’t large enough for a dog’s tooth.


“In a perfect world I would have post drills for dogs, but we just had human drills so we did the best we could. We took out the nerve, cleaned it out and disinfected the tooth, put the filler in and sealed it and irrigated the area.”



Maj. (Dr.) Heather Brooks and Airman 1st Class Eliza Patton, with the 72nd Dental Squadron, along with Dr. Heather Cameron, Tinker veterinarian, work together to prepare MWD Aruba’s tooth for his new crown. (U.S. Air Force photo/Kelly White)

Because of the way Aruba’s tooth broke, Brooks decided to create a crown with a post, primarily because she didn’t want the dog to be sedated three times. On June 18, the team reconvened and inserted Aruba’s new crown. It is silver and made of high noble metal alloy.


Brooks described Aruba as “adorable” and said she enjoyed watching him do laps with Arroyo. She and the team also took photos of Aruba and his handler.


Arroyo said he found the root canal process interesting and felt confident that Aruba was in good hands.


“It was cool watching the root canal and going through the process and learning how everything works,” he said. “It was pretty exciting and the best thing I got out of that was when he woke up and was fine. It felt nice seeing him getting fixed up like that because he’s like my child.”


Arroyo said on June 26 that Aruba is doing great after his follow-up visit.


“He’s ready to rock and roll, he’s good to bite and to get back to work,” he said


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