A woman with ties to Thomaston has been awarded the 2010 Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service.

The award was presented to Abigail Cuthbertson on Dec. 16. Cuthbertson is a federal project manager for the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Off-Site Source Recovery Project in the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Established in 2008, the Brooks Award recognizes newer employees whose actions and deeds exemplify the spirit of public service commitment.

Cuthbertson oversees the recovery of radioactive sealed sources that are unwanted or no longer being used. These sources pose a potential national security concern and are recovered and secured as part of NNSA’s Global Threat Reduction Initiative, a program within the Office of Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation. Under Cuthbertson’s direction, the program has grown from recovering slightly more than 2,000 sources per year to almost 3,500 sources per year.

Cuthbertson was recognized for her outstanding job of working with international and interagency partners to leverage resources and agreements to accelerate source recovery efforts, develop critical relationships on behalf of NNSA’s nonproliferation program, and centralize the procurement of equipment and training – helping save the taxpayers more than $100,000 in the process.

Cuthbertson holds a double bachelor’s degree in international studies and History of Art from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.

Nominees for the Linton Brooks Medal for Public Service must be NNSA employees, with fewer than five years of civilian federal service and fewer than five years of professional experience, whose work achievements demonstrate an exceptional commitment to public service excellence.