Y-12 historian honored with DOE Gold Medal Award

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – On Monday, Lt. Gen. Frank G. Klotz (Ret.), Under Secretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, presented a U.S. Department of Energy Gold Medal Award to Y-12 Historian D. Ray Smith today. Smith, who is retiring later this month, was honored for his role in helping create the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP).

In honoring his substantial contribution to the NNSA mission, Klotz noted that Smith’s efforts “to preserve Y-12’s history and promote Oak Ridge’s role in American history” will indeed be his legacy.

Smith has more than 48 years of service at Y-12 and became the Y-12 Historian in 2005 after many years of working in the site’s maintenance organization. In 2005, he helped organize the largest public tour of the last existing set of Manhattan-era calutrons in Building 9204-3, also known as Beta 3, with more than 1,200 people touring the facility.

In 2012, Smith testified in front of Congress in support of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park legislation. His testimony and other efforts helped Congress’s decision to create the MPNHP in 2015, with Y-12’s Pilot Plant and the Beta 3 calutrons listed as part of the park.

Smith was named the City of Oak Ridge Historian in 2015 and was recently selected to serve on the Tennessee Historical Commission. He has also played a key role in the planning and development of a new American Museum of Science and Energy that will open in 2018.

The mission of the NNSA Production Office is to ensure the safe, secure and cost-effective operation of the Pantex Plant, Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex, Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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