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    Detonator Production has been essential to Los Alamos National Laboratory since the Lab’s inception during World War II.

    MISSION

    We provide detonation-related products and services of superior quality and value to protect our nation and promote world stability. By providing these products and services with superior quality and value, our leadership and customers will reward us with recognition, funding, and opportunities to contribute to solutions of importance to national security. These rewards allow us and our communities in which we live in to prosper.

    VISION

    To be recognized as the best production agency in the National Security Enterprise

    Our Values

    Excellence

    Ensure timely mission execution through operational and business excellence.

    Personal Leadership

    Ensure timely mission execution through operational and business excellence.

    Safety & Security

    Build trust through ethical conduct and individual responsibility.

    Service

    Maintain positive relationships with customers, community, and each other.

    Integrity

    Build trust through ethical conduct and individual responsibility.

    Teamwork

    Maintain positive relationships with customers, community, and each other.

    Stewardship

    Build trust through ethical conduct and individual responsibility.

    Our Leadership Team

    Headshot of Daniel Mendoza

    Daniel Mendoza

    DP-DO, Division Leader

    Headshot of Mark Armijo

    Mark Armijo

    DP-DO, Deputy Division Leader

    Headshot of Lorenzo Najera

    Lorenzo Najera

    DP-DO, Deputy Division Leader

    Headshot of Dana Mobley

    Dana Mobley

    DP-DO, Staff Operations Manager

    Headshot of Oscar Gonzalez

    Oscar Gonzalez

    DP-2, Product and Process Engineering, Group Leader

    Headshot of Russell DeBlassie

    Russell DeBlassie

    DP-2, Product and Process Engineering, First Line Manager

    Headshot of Jason Jeffers

    Jason Jeffers

    DP-3, Manufacturing Operations, Group Leader

    Headshot of Matthew Martinez

    Matthew Martinez

    DP-3, Manufacturing Operations, Acting Deputy Group Leader

    Headshot of Willie Montoya

    Willie Montoya

    DP-2, Product and Process Engineering, First Line Manager

    Headshot of Vanesa Loya

    Vanesa Loya

    DP-DO Division Office, Professional Staff Assistant

    Headshot of Christopher Lutes

    Christopher Lutes

    DP-1, Product & Manufacturing Software Management, Group Leader

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    Janea Wright

    DP-1, Product & Manufacturing Software Management, Administrative Assistant

    Headshot of Jun Gao

    Jun Gao

    DP-4, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Group Leader

    Image not yet available for Martin Griego

    Martin Griego

    DP-4, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, First Line Manager

    Image not yet available for Kristen Meira

    Kristen Meira

    DP-4, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, First Line Manager

    Headshot of Yvette Montoya

    Yvette Montoya

    DP-4, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, Administrative Assistant

    Headshot of Joseph Pestovich Jr.

    Joseph Pestovich Jr.

    DP-1 Product & Manufacturing Software Management, Acting Deputy Group Leader

    Headshot of Sarah Babbitt

    Sarah Babbitt

    DP-2 Product and Process Engineering, Administrative Assistant

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    Kathlynn Salazar

    DP-3 Manufacturing Operations, Administrative Assistant

    OUR BEHAVIORS

    Continuously Improve

    We create a safe environment to allow everyone to challenge the status quo, consider new ideas from anywhere, and never become complacent with success.

    Problem Solving

    We anticipate, identify, acknowledge, and take initiative to understand the root cause and solve problems.

    Be Strategic

    We proactively seek to understand Detonator Production strategy, establish complementary plans and goals, and seek to understand how individuals and teams can make a difference.

    Take Action

    We address customer problems, people issues, organizational obstacles, and difficult situations quickly and directly—yet with sensitivity and thoughtfulness.

    Prioritize People

    We nurture and grow people. We value diversity.

    The Past

    Scientists and support personnel from around the world began their work at Los Alamos National Laboratory—then dubbed Project Y—in 1943.

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