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Two Naval Ordnance Safety and Security Activity (NOSSA) employees were recently awarded the Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award during the command's annual All Hands Briefing held January 26 in the NSF Indian Head Base Chapel. Richard Adams and Margaret Hayes were recognized by their command for exemplary performance and outstanding meritorious civilian service in their respective areas of expertise.

Adams is an Explosives Safety Technical Expert with 39 years of federal service. He was lauded for his profound impact on the Navy's explosives safety operations and as an integral part of the Navy's facilities planning and explosives safety community. Additionally, he was recognized for his efforts developing agreements between the United States and Australian Defense agencies which achieved normalization and acceptance of explosive safety criteria between the two nations.

Hayes is the command's Explosives Safety Operations Policy Manager and has been employed with the Navy for 29 years. She was acknowledged for conceptualizing and developing the Explosive Safety Compliance System (ESCS) based on the Navy's need for a metrics-based model with which to accurately assess explosive safety risk. She worked tirelessly with computer programmers and system designers over a five-year period, ensuring the final product unified the functions of existing programs. Her diligence resulted in a web-based system for assessing the Navy's explosive safety posture for NOSSA and the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations.

The Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Award is awarded to civilian employees in the Department of the Navy by the local activity head for meritorious service or contributions resulting in high value or benefits for the Navy or the Marine Corps. The award is the third highest Navy civilian award. "I am truly grateful for the trust and faith my supervisor, Mrs. Pam Clements, had in me to invest in ESCS," said Hayes. "I am also thankful to our explosives safety specialists and managers who provided the feedback and support to make ESCS successful today." Mr. Adams was on travel and unavailable for comment.

NOSSA is the Navy's weapons and explosives safety technical authority, providing expertise, policy, oversight and procedures. These responsibilities span the lifecycle of weapons systems and explosives, including ordnance environmental support. The workforce identifies mitigation measures and communicates risks to sustain Joint combat capability.