Tucker resident Laura D. Moseley, 26, only sees her parents and sister once every three years. However, it's a sacrifice she has been willing to make for the greater good of the world.
In September 2002, David H. and Wynne Jones Hanks left the United States bound for Vienna, Austria, with their youngest daughter, Hellen Taylor Hanks, now 16. He, a native of Morven, had been appointed to a nuclear safeguards inspector post with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
"My father loves his job," Moseley said, having just completed a Sunday afternoon telephone conversation with her family overseas. "It's all very exciting for him."
Recently, the International Atomic Energy Agency and its Director General Mohamed ElBaradei were awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. The presentation was made by the Norwegian Nobel Committee "for their efforts to prevent nuclear energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way."
Moseley said her father was thrilled by the honor. Her younger brother, Bryan Hanks, 24, a student at Georgia Military College, shares the good news with everyone he meets.
"I am very proud of my father and all his accomplishments," Moseley added. "He has truly proven to be a very noble man in my life and deserves this award more than anyone I know."
"Few people ever get to meet someone who has won a Nobel Peace Prize," Moseley continued. "I used to be one of them."
Moseley described her father as a man capable of accomplishing anything, eager to accept opportunities presented, and willing to work hard and learn new things. He has always been the type of person who continuously puts forth his very best, she said.
"My father has always been one to accomplish things that were unaccomplishable," Moseley added.
Not seeing her parents and sister but once in three years has been difficult for Moseley, the mother of a five-year-old and four-year-old. She works hard to keep them informed and up-to-date on their grandchildren and would be lost without Web cameras and email.
However, at a time when the threat of nuclear arms is again increasing, Moseley's willing to make the sacrifice for the safety of the world. She knows that what her father does has and will have such a significant impact on men, women and children around the globe.
"My brother always says that our father's the smartest man he's ever known in his entire life and probably will ever know in his entire life," she said.
According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, the threat of nuclear arms must be met through the broadest possible international cooperation, a principal that finds it clearest expression in the work of the International Atomic Energy Agency and ElBaradei. At at time when disarmament efforts appear deadlocked, when there is a danger that nuclear arms will spread both to states and to terrorist groups, and when nuclear power again appears to be playing an increasingly significant role, the International Atomic Energy Agency's work is of incalculable importance, the committee stated.
Known as the center of cooperation in the nuclear field, the International Atomic Energy Agency set up as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. It works to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
The International Atomic Energy Agency Secretariat is headquarted at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria.
D. Hanks' experience in the nuclear field began after graduating from Brooks County High School in Quitman when he joined the United States Navy. During his six years of military service, he was trained in nuclear power plant operations and qualified as a chief reactor watch aboard the USS Nimitz.
After an honorable discharge from the Navy in 1983, D. Hanks' began a 19-year career with the Entergy Corporation, which owns and operates several nuclear power plants along the Gulf Coast and in the northeast region of the U.S. He was issued a Senior Reactor License by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission for the operation of Grand Gulf Nuclear Station in Port Gibson, Miss., and worked as a shift manager there until his appointment to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
D. Hanks' father, the late James H. Hanks, and mother, the late Hellen Griffin Hanks, owned a farm in Morven. He lived there until graduating from high school.
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