NRC Receives Honor for Supporting Vets

Janine Dehn receives her award.
Janine Dehn receives her award.

One of our employees, Janine Dehn, was recently honored with the “Patriotic Employer Award” for “contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.” Janine was nominated by Guard and Reserve Specialist Christian Rivera prior to his deployment to Egypt.

Janine hired Christian as an administrative assistant in the Office of New Reactors (NRO) where he provided administrative support wherever needed. During his time there, he was temporarily assigned to two different branches to which he provided direct support. A large part of his time was spent working on the Vogtle, Levy, and Summer licenses, as well as AP1000 design control documents and design certification amendments. It was up to Christian to ensure that each chapter of the safety evaluation reports was edited and formatted properly, grammatically correct and issued in a timely manner.

Christians’ extended period of military training in preparation for deployment caused him to spend a great deal of time away from the office. Janine consistently showed concern for Christian’s situation and she created an environment that facilitated both his military and NRC career. Christian noted that set him up for success in every way imaginable, and went above and beyond his expectations of a supervisor.

As a result of Janine receiving the “Patriotic Employer Award,” the NRC received the “Above and Beyond” certificate of appreciation for “outstanding service and continued support to the national defense effort.” This certificate is issued by the Department of Defense on behalf of the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve forces.

The NRC is dedicated to hiring skilled people — and who better than our veterans? Veterans, such as Christian, are well-trained, loyal and dedicated to getting the job done. Their commitment to the government has already been tested by service in the all-volunteer military.

NRC has special authority to appoint veterans if they meet one of the following:

-Veteran Employment Opportunity Act of 1998;

-Veterans Recruitment Appointment;

-30% or More Disabled Veteran; and

-Military Spouse.

Check out the “Employment” page of the NRC web site and click on the Feds Hire Vets icon on the right for more information. Right now about 21 percent of the NRC workforce falls into the “veteran” category.

Kimberly English
Outreach and Recruitment Branch

Author: Moderator

Public Affairs Officer for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

3 thoughts on “NRC Receives Honor for Supporting Vets”

  1. The NRC does not offer grants or scholarships directly to students. The NRC does offer a Nuclear Education Program which includes Scholarship Fellowship and Trade School and Community College Scholarships in which funding includes support for education in nuclear science and engineering, to develop a workforce capable of supporting the design, construction, operation, and regulation of nuclear facilities and the safe handling of nuclear materials. NRC only awards grants directly to accredited U.S. institutions of higher education and does not award individual scholarships or fellowships. Individual students cannot apply directly to NRC for scholarships or fellowships. For more information on the NRC Grants program please visit

    Kim English

  2. Seasons Greetings!

    Good work, NRC! It’d be neat to know whether you also issue scholarships or grants to Vets interested in pursuing careers in nuclear energy as well.

    James Greenidge
    Queens NY

  3. War Veterans and American Soldiers should be provided and deserve the Maximum Generous Assistance Possible by Federal, State Goverments and other Charitable/Corporate Organizations without any Questions at Home and Abroad… Thanks

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