Judy Johns honored by state’s Homeland Security for role as Special Assistant

Judith Johns recently was presented with two awards by Rick Shipkowski, deputy director of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security.

Judith Johns recently was presented with two awards by Rick Shipkowski, deputy director of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security.

Judith Johns of B&W Y-12 recently was honored by Rick Shipkowski of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security when he presented her with two awards: a Certificate of Achievement from the Governor and a Certificate of Achievement from the Director of the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security.

Johns served as a loaned professional to the Tennessee Office of Homeland Security for four years, where she was Special Assistant to the Director.

She contributed to the success of the office and the continued development of Tennessee’s Counterterrorism Program.

Shipkowski said, “The value to Y 12 from this partnership was that Judy was able to significantly raise the understanding of Y 12’s missions and capabilities, through her diligence, at the state, federal and local levels.”

Because of her service, the Governor, legislators, law enforcement leaders, emergency managers and several directorates of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security became more knowledgeable about the Y 12 National Security Complex.

Johns spearheaded the implementation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Buffer Zone Protection Program in Tennessee, a program that provides funding for protection of the state’s most vulnerable sites.

She was co-leader of Tennessee’s Critical Infrastructure Protection Program, where her contributions included planning, training, assessment team organization, vulnerability reduction planning, equipment recommendations and executive level briefings.

Johns also had a role in expanding a joint FBI, Homeland Security and private sector program focused on infrastructure protection. In addition, she routinely represented the director at meetings to ensure information sharing and continued development of the state, federal and local Homeland Security team.

“Y 12 provides unique capabilities and experience to the state of Tennessee from its years of meeting national security requirements,” said Kevin Smith, the Y 12 Site Office deputy manager. “Judy Johns was the ideal Y 12 leader to share that expertise with our state’s organizations in Nashville.”

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Johns said.

B&W Y-12, a limited liability enterprise of The Babcock and Wilcox Company and Bechtel National Inc., operates the Y-12 National Security Complex for the National Nuclear Security Administration.

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