LANL awarded Patriot Award for Guard support

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By Roger Snodgrass

Melvin Borrego dodged incoming rockets and survived routine threats of daisy-chained roadside bombs in Iraq.

He’s a sergeant first-class for the 1115th transportation company of the New Mexico National Guard. His company has also been called up for humanitarian missions in the states for hurricanes Katrina and Rita and snow-disaster relief in Chama last winter.

His regular job is working as a research tech supervisor at the Lujan Neutron Scattering Center, where he customizes instruments, machines vacuum applications and stages pretty much whatever neutron experimenters need to conduct their tests at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

On Tuesday, Monitor Publisher Ralph Damiani, chairman of the Los Alamos Chapter of Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, presented the organization’s Patriot Award to Alan Hurd, group leader of the Lujan center, for supporting Borrego through the thick and thin of his military duties.

Deputy Laboratory Director Jan Van Prooyen attended the award ceremony in the Louis Rosen Auditorium of the Los Alamos Neutron Scattering Center.

“It is appropriate for the lab to look after its employees who are citizen soldiers who have served their country,” Van Prooyen said during the event.

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