JB Dawson has served Fermilab for 12 years in the ESH&Q Section. He has worked as a security officer, vehicle operator, and an environment, safety and health specialist. Now he retires. His last day is today.
Dawson came to Fermilab with more than 24 years of military experience, including the areas of transportation and safety. When he first started at the laboratory, he patrolled and protected the laboratory campus against theft and other illegal activity. He responded to emergencies, conducted training exercises, reported on missing equipment and performed routine security checks. He later transferred to what was then the Transportation Section as a light/heavy wheeled vehicle operator, operating forklifts, buses, and the largest tractors and trailers in the Fermilab fleet.
As a specialist in the ESH&Q Section, he has served as communications coordinator, records coordinator, quality assurance representative, human subject research protection representative, and a contact for DOE for the Active Facility Data Collection Systems.
“Just as with the Army, I feel that Fermilab has become another extended part of my family,” Dawson said. “It will be deeply missed as I move on to the next phase of my life.”
Once he retires, Dawson plans to help his mother move from her current residence in Illinois to Alabama and help restore her property there. He’ll do volunteer work for veterans, fish, camp and spend as much time as possible with his family.
“JB has been a real asset to the ESH&Q Section and the laboratory,” said Chief Safety Officer Martha Michels. “He approaches life with a positive attitude and is willing to do whatever is needed to help move the program forward and support the goals of the lab. He truly embodies the one-lab philosophy, and he will be greatly missed.”
The ESH&Q Section is hosting a small retirement celebration today at 2 p.m. on the east side of Wilson Hall’s seventh floor. Please stop by to enjoy cake and other goodies and say goodbye to Dawson.