UT-Battelle recognized with Defense Secretary’s Freedom Award

The Department of Defense has recognized UT-Battelle with a 2022 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest recognition given by the United States government to employers for their support of staff members who serve as reserve members of the U.S. Armed Forces, known collectively as the Reserve component.

UT-Battelle manages and operates Oak Ridge National Laboratory on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy.

“As a national laboratory, we have a commitment to meet the nation’s scientific and technical needs. Our guard and Reserve employees’ own commitment to the nation is integral to ensuring we meet the mission, and they help to make ORNL one of the leading scientific institutions in the world,” said ORNL Director Thomas Zacharia. “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Department of Defense.”

Maj. Maria McClelland, ORNL’s chief information security officer, submitted the nomination, citing her 20 years of experience in the military, most recently as a Tennessee Air National Guard cyber warfare officer.