Armijo to leave Hanford’s Mission Support Alliance, new president named

Pasco native and civic leader Frank Armijo will be leaving his job as president of Hanford’s Mission Support Alliance to do more corporate work for Lockheed Martin.

Armijo, who was named the 2006 Tri-Citian of the Year, has been president of Mission Support Alliance since 2010, after previously serving in leadership roles with Lockheed Martin for 15 years.

Bill Johnson, most recently vice president of business services for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions, has been named to replace him. Johnson will become president Feb. 2.

Armijo plans to move to Rockville, Md. There he will provide corporate oversight of Mission Support Alliance, along with other responsibilities as vice president of energy solutions for Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions.

“I am proud of the work and service we have established,” Armijo said in a statement. “I am especially proud of the people and leadership we have developed with the utmost regard to safety, security, service and cost savings.”

Mission Support Alliance provides Department of Energy services across the nuclear reservation, including security and fire protection, infrastructure and utilities, business management, information technology and operation of the HAMMER training center. It has about 1,700 employees.

“Under Frank’s leadership at MSA, his team provided the infrastructure and support services we needed to keep our cleanup contractors focused on cleanup,” said Stacy Charboneau, manager of the DOE Hanford Richland Operations office. “In addition, the company has supported DOE in identifying efficiencies and cost saving initiatives.”

Fortunately, Armijo will still have some continued contact with Hanford in his new oversight role, said Carl Adrian, president of the Tri-City Development Council. “He will still do good things for us.”

Armijo, the son of migrant farm workers, was the first in his family to attend college and has been a strong supporter of Tri-City education programs.

In addition to being a former chairman of the TRIDEC board and a longtime board member, he led the higher education committee as it worked to persuade the state Legislature to expand Washington State University Tri-Cities into a four-year college, Adrian said.

He helped found the Hispanic Academic Achievers Program in 1990 and also helped found the Reading Foundation. He also was a founding member of Leadership Tri-Cities.

He has served on the board of trustees for Columbia Basin College, which he attended.

Mission Support Alliance released little information on Johnson on Monday.

He is responsible for operations services to PSEG Long Island and the Long Island Power Authority’s 1.1 million electric utility customers. He has led support services for the electric utility, which has a total annual budget of about $3 billion.

“I am looking forward to living in the Tri-Cities area, becoming involved in the community and exploring the Northwest,” Johnson said in a statement. He also will ensure that Mission Support Alliance remains committed to the partnership it has developed with DOE and other Hanford contractors that depend on Mission Support Alliance’s services.

His LinkedIn profile shows he has held his post since September 2012. Before that he was program management director for Lockheed Martin Information Technology for five years.

Mission Support Alliance is owned by a team that includes Lockheed Martin, Jacobs Engineering and Centerra Group.