Rick Perry thanks employees for national service

By Troy Rummler

Photography By Randy Montoya

Thursday, October 11, 2018

DOE Secretary Rick Perry and Labs Director Steve Younger
ALL HANDS — Energy Secretary Rick Perry, with Sandia President and Labs Director Steve Younger, addresses a full house at an all-hands meeting in the Steve Schiff Auditorium at Sandia on Tuesday afternoon.

Energy Secretary Rick Perry emphatically thanked Sandia employees for their contributions to science and issues of national and international security, equating research to public service during a visit to the Labs on Oct. 9.

“There’s an old saying that the United States Marines don’t have to look in the mirror and ask themselves if they make a difference,” said Perry during an all-hands meeting. “I suggest the same thing’s true for men and women of our national labs, particularly those that work in the weapons programs.”

Sandia welcomed Secretary Perry for a tour of the Albuquerque facilities as part of his commitment to visit each DOE national lab. The morning tour included visits to MESA and Z machine, and meetings with labs leadership. Following, Perry led an uncommonly easy-going all-hands meeting, featuring a comfortable-looking secretary telling frequent jokes and stories on stage. Secretary Perry visited Sandia’s California site in March.