Smith takes over at NNSA in Los Alamos

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By Special to the Monitor

Kevin Smith takes the reins Monday as Los Alamos Site Manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Smith most recently served as the Acting Site Office Manager at NNSA Kansas City Site Office and Deputy Manager at the Oak Ridge Y-12 Site Office.

In Los Alamos, Smith is responsible for the management and operations contract for the Los Alamos National Laboratory and all federal activities at the laboratory.

Smith will lead about 130 federal NNSA and Environmental Management employees who oversee management, security, quality assurance, environment, health, safety and national security missions at the lab.

 “It is a privilege to be part of this unique and highly regarded science and technology community,” Smith said in a press release. “The Los Alamos National Laboratory certainly leads the nation in extraordinary scientific contributions and national security missions.”

Smith’s career spans more than 35 years with key leadership positions with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Energy.   

His career began as a fighter pilot followed by flying and leadership positions in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the United States.  Combat aircraft he flew were the F-4, F-16 and the F-117 Stealth Fighter.  

In March 2004, Smith became a member of the Senior Executive Service as the assistant manager for the Nuclear Material Stabilization Project at the DOE’s Savannah River Office.  In that role, he provided federal leadership associated with storage, stabilization and disposition of nuclear materials.  He also had oversight responsibility for the Savannah River National Laboratory.  

In 2006, Smith became the deputy manager and chief operating officer for the Y-12 Site Office in Oak Ridge, Tenn., where he oversaw the site’s enriched uranium missions.

Prior to joining DOE, Smith was the director of safety for Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Va., where he developed policy and supervised safety programs for Air Combat Command bases in the United States. Smith was also a member of the Air Force’s Senior Safety Advisory Council. In July 1999, Smith was appointed deputy assistant chief of staff  for U.S. Forces Korea and Combined Forces Command in Seoul, South Korea.  He was responsible for military operations and training in Korea and chaired the U.S. Forces in Korea’s Force Protection Crisis Action Team. He was also a member of the U.S. Force Protection Executive Council and responsible for anti-terrorism actions for 37,000 U.S. personnel and their families.

In September 1995, Smith was transferred to Holloman Air Force Base, where he was the deputy commander and then commander of the 49th Operations Group.

A native of Olympia, Wash., Smith is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a bachelor’s degree in physics.  He also received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and a master’s of science degree in management, both from Troy University.  

He and his wife Dorothy, are in the process of making their home in Los Alamos.