Griego to leave LASO post

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By John Severance

Juan Griego will be leaving his post as the Los Alamos Site Office acting manager in March for a two-year stint with the New Mexico National Guard.

Griego, a native of Espanola and a Los Alamos High School graduate, made the announcement to LASO employees earlier this week.

And the NNSA Los Alamos Site Office released a statement this morning, confirming his departure in March.

“I have been blessed with the opportunities to serve with both the Department of Energy/NNSA here in Los Alamos for over 26 years, and the New Mexico National Guard for over 30 years.    Recently, the New Mexico National Guard requested my service as the Deputy Adjutant General on a full-time basis, for up to a two-year period,” Griego said.

“I have always valued both my military and civil service, and am honored to be considered to serve as the Deputy Adjutant General for the New Mexico National Guard.   This request has been vetted through the NNSA up to the administrator level and approved, reflecting the value that NNSA places on military service contributions by federal civil-service employees.

“I’m honored to have the opportunity at this stage in my career to serve the Guard in a full-time capacity. I know the experience will better prepare me to serve in future leadership roles with the Department of Energy.”

Griego was named acting manager after Kevin Smith left the LASO post last month to take a position as manager of the Office of River Protection at Hanford in Richland, Wash.

Griego was named deputy site manager in March of last year.

There was no word of his replacement. The NNSA is currently considering appointments to the Los Alamos Site Office manager and deputy manager positions.

Things are still in a state of flux in Washington.

There has been speculation that Energy Secretary Steven Chu was going to leave his post, although the DOE public affairs office released a statement Thursday, stating that he would be staying.

Thom D’Agostino left the NNSA administrator post in December and was replaced by Neile Miller, who is now the acting administrator.

Griego is a U.S. Army Reserve Commissioned Officer with a 29-year career in the New Mexico National Guard. Currently holding the rank of Brigadier General, he is assigned as the Land Component Commander and is responsible for more than 2,500 New Mexico Army Guardsmen, with many currently deployed overseas supporting the global war on terrorism.

Griego’s federal civil service spans nearly 26 years, commencing with the Department of Energy in Los Alamos in 1986 as a project manager under the DOE Career Intern Program.  

Career assignments at LASO include Project Manager/Federal Project Director (FPD) for multiple LANL projects to include the initial FPD for the Chemistry and Metallurgy Research Facility Replacement Project and leadership/supervisory positions as Team Lead and Branch Chief for Project Management, Team Lead for Program Integration, Assistant Manager for National Security Missions, and Acting Deputy Site Office Manager since August of 2011.