Air Force officials learn about Sandia/CA weapons contributions

By Emmeline Chen

Photography By Randy Wong

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Air Force officers and Sandia executives in conversation
CALIFORNIA CONFAB — At Sandia/California, associate labs directors Steve Girrens (left) and Dori Ellis (center) recently co-hosted U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark (second from left), deputy chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, along with Billy Mullins (second from right), associate deputy chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration and Lt. Col. Shaun Easley (right), chief of the Air Force Stockpile Science and Technology Branch.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard M. Clark, deputy chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, visited Sandia California last month to familiarize himself with the site’s contributions to national security through nuclear weapons.

Clark’s California visit was jointly hosted by Dori Ellis, associate labs direc­tor for Integrated Security Solutions, and Steve Girrens, associate labs director for Nuclear Deterrence.

Billy Mullins, the Air Force associate deputy chief of staff for Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, and Lt. Col. Shaun Easley, chief of the Air Force Stockpile Science and Technology Branch, accompanied Clark.

Dori welcomed the visitors with a presentation about Sandia/California’s history, capabilities and contributions to national security.

After lunch, Dori and Steve led Clark and his associates to the National Security Resource Center, where they were briefed on stockpile systems by Ben Markel, senior manager. Mike Hardwick, director of weapons engineering for California, provided an overview of modernization programs.