NNSA Production Office Manager Geoffrey Beausoleil — “the French Cowboy from Connecticut” — Hangs Up His Spurs After 33 Years of Federal Service

Source: DOE NNSA | Release | May 24, 2021

Former NNSA Production Office Manager Geoffrey L. Beausoleil
Former NNSA Production Office Manager Geoffrey L. Beausoleil

After taking a deep breath to appreciate the achievements of his team and consider his next steps, NNSA Production Office (NPO) Manager Geoffrey L. Beausoleil stepped out into retirement April 30.

NPO serves as the federal oversight for the Pantex Plant near Amarillo, Texas, and the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. As manager, Beausoleil was responsible for the overall administration of the management and operating contract for Pantex and Y-12, the day-to-day administration of the NPO, and oversight of plant operations.

“NPO is amazing and we have accomplished so much,” Beausoleil said. “Leading this team has been an honor, and I’m proud to finish my 33 years of federal service on such a high note.”

Under his leadership, the W76-1 and W76-2 Stockpile Life Extension Programs were completed, and the First Production Units for the B61-12 Canned Subassembly were produced, enhancing the safety, security, and reliability of our national deterrent.

During his tenure, the sites Beausoleil oversaw delivered critical assets to America’s military services on time, even as they developed a forward-looking strategy for recapitalizing NNSA’s critical infrastructure. He and his team accomplished this while leading a program that resulted in cumulative savings of more than $1 billion through FY 2020, and approximately $154 million in reinvestments into the aging infrastructure at Pantex and Y-12.

“Geoff has had a stellar career though senior leadership positions at the Department of Energy’s Idaho National Laboratory and four key facilities in the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Dr. Charles P. Verdon, Acting NNSA Administrator. “As Manager of the NNSA Production Office since 2015, Geoff has led in the oversight and administration of a first-of-its-kind contract with 9,400 Management and Operating employees at the Pantex Plant and the Y-12 National Security Complex.”

The 2018 completion of the award-winning John C. Drummond Center at Pantex is a testament to Beausoleil’s efforts across both sites to provide modern and efficient facilities for NNSA employees and partners. That legacy includes reaching critical milestones for projects he championed, including the Lithium Processing Facility, Calciner Project, and Electrorefining Project at Y-12, and the High Explosives Science and Engineering Facility and the High Explosives Synthesis, Formulation, and Production Facility at Pantex. Under his leadership, Y-12 also recently began construction on the West End Protected Area Reduction Project – which will reduce the site’s protected area by more than 50 percent – and a new fire station and Emergency Operations Center.

“Geoff is an inspirational leader whose mentorship prepared me to seamlessly transition into the NPO manager position,” said Teresa Robbins, who succeeded Beausoleil as NPO Manager. “Thank you for your service, Geoff!”

Beausoleil is a 1981 graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in engineering with a focus on marine engineering. He received the Department of Energy Secretary’s Meritorious Service Award, NNSA Administrator’s Distinguished Service Gold Award, and the NNSA’s Distinguished Career Service Award in recognition of his achievements.

His nickname, “the French cowboy from Connecticut,” was given in homage to his schooling in New London, Connecticut, and his adopted state of Idaho.