This year, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) Early Career Employee Resource Group (ECERG) hosted their first Mission Week at the Site itself. Previous ECERG Mission Weeks have included tours of the Remote Sensing Laboratory at Nellis Air Force Base and the North Las Vegas Facility.
The first event was a luncheon with NNSS executive leaders to open lines of communication and build relationships among all levels of the organization, allowing professional relationships to develop organically in a relaxed setting. Getting to know members of the Senior Leadership Team gave ECERG members an opportunity to feel better connected to the NNSS and allowed their voices to be heard.
The second event was a tour of the current mission work happening at the Site. Many of these employees were hired during the pandemic and have been working remotely. For these employees, it was their first opportunity to see the projects and programs they are supporting. Most employees hired before the pandemic were able to attend a new hire tour, taking them to several historical locations.
“It’s always amazing to drive out to the Site and see all the work that is going on to support national security, from the modernization of our infrastructure to the underground scientific research that is happening at U1a,” said NNSS Business Specialist Dallin Pew. “This was the second time that I’ve been able to tour the Site and each time I walk away amazed at the progress that’s being made.”
Pew has been with the NNSS for three years and joined ECERG six months ago.
ECERG was established in February 2017 to serve as a platform for employees to champion change, support professional goals and overcome work-related challenges. The group welcomes early career professionals who have been in their career field for less than 10 years. ECERG hosts events, workshops and volunteer opportunities to connect colleagues across the NNSS with similar interests and develop networks that make their work and personal lives more fulfilling.