July 6, 2004
Unauthorized Handguns on National Nuclear Security Administration Aircraft
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) received several allegations related to the transport of handguns by National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) affiliated personnel between Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Las Vegas, Nevada, where a training exercise involving NNSA's Office of Secure Transportation (OST) was to be held. One of the allegations was that on October 14, 2003, two employees of Wakehurst Servics, Inc., an NNSa contractor, transported handguns on board an NNSA aircraft ferrying Federal and contractor personnel from Albuquerque to Las Vegas for the exercise. NNSA has a fleet of aircraft that support the OST mission, and they are house on Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque.