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It was a mutual admiration society Monday as Sen. Pete Domenici and senior officials, past and present, of Los Alamos National Laboratory exchanged memories and appreciation.
Domenici, who is retiring at the end of this year, met with senior managers, took a tour of the laboratory’s Roadrunner supercomputer and held a meeting with Laboratory Fellows before speaking at an all-employee meeting in the classified space of the National Security Science Building, the laboratory reported this morning.
During the talk, laboratory Director Michael Anastasio announced that the auditorium was being renamed for Domenici.
Former directors Bob Kuckuck and Harold Agnew were also on hand, as was Thomas D’Agostino, administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration.
Domenici’s remarks included a sweeping history of his relationship with Los Alamos, according to a text provided by his office.
As long as this country remains committed to scientific excellence, I believe the laboratory’s future remains bright,” Domenici said in the text. “The laboratory capabilities continue to provide the U.S. with a security advantage that must not be compromised.”