Letter: WSI leaves Oak Ridge with ‘flags flying’

To the Oak Ridge Community:

As WSI Oak Ridge completes its transition to the new security contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Protective Force contract, I wanted to take this opportunity to say farewell.

We have provided protective nuclear security services to DOE and the National Nuclear Security Administration in the valley for the past 13 years, and are proud that our employees have answered our nation’s call to duty in an exceptionally worthy manner. The WSI Oak Ridge Protective Force has led the DOE Security Complex in professionalism, mission performance, and innovation.

As sometimes happens in life, we as a company and a team, in the most recent past, stumbled in the accomplishment of our mission. We regret the circumstances of the July 28 security incident and take responsibility for our role in the event. However, we believe this incident does not define us as a company and does not erase the more than 50 years of excellent service we have given DOE across the country.

I have only been in Oak Ridge a few months, but I have learned firsthand of the impact that our company has had on this community for the past 13 years. Everywhere I go I hear a new story of how WSI Oak Ridge and its employees have been involved and engaged to make our regional community an even better place to live. I am humbled to have been a part of this story.

While we regret the circumstances of our departure, we leave Oak Ridge with our flags flying and with the knowledge that sometime in the future we will be given the opportunity to return to East Tennessee.

Steve Hafner

WSI Oak Ridge general manager

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