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Kesselring site celebrates 50,000th graduate

Jenna Swindt, right, the 50,000th graduate of the nuclear reactor training program at the Kenneth A. Kesselring site in West Milton, is awarded a plaque and congratulated by Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, left, the Navy's director of the naval nuclear propulsion, while U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, watches.
Jenna Swindt, right, the 50,000th graduate of the nuclear reactor training program at the Kenneth A. Kesselring site in West Milton, is awarded a plaque and congratulated by Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, left, the Navy's director of the naval nuclear propulsion, while U.S. Rep. Paul Tonko, D-Amsterdam, watches.
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When a fire of undetermined origin broke out on the nuclear submarine USS Miami last Wednesday in dry dock in Kittery, Maine, its nuclear reactor operators had to stay at their stations. “It was a hectic, confusing time; there was heat and there were flames and there was a lot of uncertainty,” said Adm. Kirkland H. Donald, the Navy’s director of naval nuclear propulsion, who visited the USS Miami soon afterward. He said the reactor ...


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robbump
May 30, 2012
3:58 p.m.

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"“These are officers we have to have the utmost trust in,” he said. “We change their DNA.”"

--- They change the DNA with FAST NEUTRONS!

Seriously - a great program. Even if the sailors don't continue in the nuclear field after their service time, they'll learn tons of things about system interactions and "thinking on their feet" that will serve them well anywhere.

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