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Five SOC employees fired

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Security: Personnel terminated for improper use of the live fire shooting range

By John Severance

Five members of the Los Alamos National Laboratory security force were terminated last week for the improper use of the live fire shooting range located at Technical Area 72, according to a statement released by the lab Wednesday.

The lab security force is called Securing Our Country or SOC.

The statement went on to say, “After a swift but preliminary inquiry, it was concluded that inappropriate behavior warranted the termination of five protective force firing range personnel. The laboratory will continue to determine involvement by others, including laboratory personnel.

“Although the inquiry concluded this was not a safety or security risk, the laboratory takes this kind of inappropriate behavior very seriously.

“The laboratory does not tolerate unauthorized use of our facilities or equipment. We hold ourselves and our contractors to the highest possible standards of behavior.”

Lab officials declined to discuss what the nature of the behavior was that resulted in the terminations.

According to its website, “SOC is the global leader in full-service security management. With extensive human and technical resources; a domestic and international footprint; and the necessary depth of know-how and experience — we are able to support and achieve our clients’ objectives in any corner of the world. We provide security services for individuals, domestic facilities, nuclear power plants, and military bases.

“We provide logistics services worldwide. We have a wide breadth of operations and maintenance (O and M) capabilities. We train military, police and corporate personnel in the latest techniques and force protection strategies including personal weapon handling, off-road vehicular maneuvering, planning/executing convoy operations, and a full range of requirements from the military and SWAT Teams.

“Our customers include the United States Departments’ of State, Defense and Energy; other government agencies; and numerous commercial companies and individuals. SOC continuously provides security from the front lines in most of the difficult regions of the world and at home in our own backyard.”

SOC, which has 550 to 600 employees locally and LANS, LLC, signed a $251 million contract with a term of three to five years, SOC General Manager Ken Freeman told the Los Alamos Monitor in January 2011.