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CHA wins DAGRS contract

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. October 11, 2017As a subcontractor to Fulcrum IT Services LLC, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded a multimillion-dollar contract in support of U.S. Army requirements for Deployable Adaptive Global Responder Support (DAGRS). The contract, worth $480 million over an expected five-year period, names eight other companies in addition to Fulcrum. “We are proud to be expanding our Army support services with another Army win,” says Chuck Wythe, CHA’s chief revenue officer, “and look forward to working with Army on the DAGRS program through our prime partner Fulcrum IT.”

CHA will provide the coordination and technology-based capabilities necessary to enable Army, Joint, and other responder missions, including the development of prototype technology and system integration and assessments to support DAGRS and the advancement of technology and modern warfare. “We are excited for this opportunity to bring our analysis services to this new customer,” says CHA’s chief executive officer, John Jackson, “and to grow this new relationship based on our unique offerings while expanding the utilization of our Lighthouse technology.”

DAGRS contract work is expected to run through August 2022, or August 2026 if all options are exercised.

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CHA Wins V3 Grant Award

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe presented Cape Henry Associates (CHA) with the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) V3 Grant Award September 28, 2017, at the 5th Annual Awards Summit in Richmond. Governor McAuliffe and Virginia Department of Veterans Services Commissioner John. L. Newby II recognized CHA for its continued work in hiring and retaining veterans of all services. CHA currently boasts a 69% veteran workforce and has exceeded its goals for veteran hires across the board. Accepting on behalf of CHA was Vice President Charlie Arrants, who reiterated the pride CHA takes in being a “veteran-owned, veteran-employed” company.

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CHA awarded multimillion-dollar U.S. Army contract

Virginia Beach, Va. ­­– September 20, 2017 The U.S. Army Contracting Command has awarded Cape Henry Associates (CHA) a three-year, $49 million hybrid contract to mature an advanced Human Systems Engineering (HSE) Lighthouse framework and discrete functional modules.

As a business process, integrated framework, and workflow application toolset that captures, correlates, and analyzes disparate datasets, Cape Henry Associates’ Lighthouse product provides the data granularity required for leaders to make better decisions. The use of Lighthouse in Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) analysis, requirements definitions, and production of training systems gives stakeholders the visibility that has historically been out of reach. “By providing better tools to collect and analyze data, we are ultimately contributing to the workforce of our Armed Services by allowing the stakeholders to make better decisions about manning, maintenance, and training,” says John Jackson, Cape Henry Associates’ chief executive officer.

Chuck Wythe, Cape Henry Associates’ chief revenue officer notes, “For Cape Henry Associates, this contract win further validates our veteran workforce’s expertise in MPT requirements. We hope this win will facilitate further growth of that workforce and better enable our seasoned warfighters to continue their contribution of excellence to their branches of service.”

 

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Cape Henry Associates wins DAGRS Contract

Cape Henry Associates (CHA), as subcontractor to Fulcrum IT Services LLC, has been awarded a contract to support U.S. Army requirements for Deployable Adaptive Global Responder Support (DAGRS). The contract, worth $480 million over a five-year period, is expected to run through August 2022. Eight other companies, in addition to Fulcrum IT, are named in the award.

CHA will provide the coordination and technology-based capabilities necessary to enable Army, Joint, and other responder missions. This will include development of prototype technology and system integration and assessments to support DAGRS and the advancement of technology and modern warfare.

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CHA’s Edward W. Myers named PDC-HR president

Cape Henry Associates Director of Quality Management Ed Myers was recently named president of the newly formed Professional Development Consortium of Hampton Roads (PDC-HR). The PDC-HR is a nongoverning business league of professional development organizations located in and around southeastern Virginia. PDC-HR performs activities dedicated to improving the conditions of professional development, including strengthening member chapter management, building relationships among member leadership, and promoting public awareness of professional organizations as a whole.

“The PDC-HR is a place where the leaders of Hampton Roads’ professional organizations can connect, collaborate, and coordinate on common goals and challenges,” Ed says. “Currently the PDC-HR’s founding members are volunteer leaders from ASQ Tidewater, HRISPI, ICF Hampton Roads, IIBA Hampton Roads, and SEVA-ATD.”

In addition to being quality management director at Cape Henry Associates, Ed is a senior member of ASQ, a certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Quality Auditor (CQA), and a member of PMI pursuing Program Management Professional certification (PgMP). A 31-year U.S. Navy Service-Disabled Veteran, he has a master’s degree in organizational management from Cambridge College and a Bachelor of Science in interdenominational studies from Excelsior College.

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CHA’s Role Regarding C-ARTS

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) Vice President Charlie Arrants attended iFest 2017 last week, representing CHA and in support of CHA’s role in NAVSEA’s Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Lighthouse SBIR Phase III technology.

Kelly Schneider, NAVSEA PMS 378L, Training Lead CVN 78 (left), and Charlie Arrants, CHA Vice President

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CHA at iFest 2017

CHA is proud to be participating in iFest 2017. We’ll be at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road in Alexandria, Va., from July 31 – August 2. This year’s theme is innovation, instruction, and implementation. At CHA, we are proud to offer some of the best instructional materials and innovations on the market today. We hope to see you there!

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CHA at Industry Capability Day

CHA attended the National Center for Simulation’s Industry Capability Day July 12, 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe and others were on hand to demonstrate just what CHA is capable of achieving in the areas of manpower, personnel, and training, while showcasing our cutting-edge product development. We highlighted our Lighthouse SBIR and mixed reality technologies at the event. As always, we at CHA are committed to developing and implementing the most advanced technology to deliver the best products to our clients.

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CHA Interview on Mixed Reality Technology

Cape Henry Associates and Mixed Reality Technology: An Interview with Chuck Wythe on Mixed Reality Technology and What It Means for CHA

By: Heatherlynn Akins, Powerhouse Planning Technical Writer and Quality Assurance Specialist

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that provides manpower and personnel analysis and training services (MPT) to the U. S. military and other clients. CHA has consistently been on the forefront of innovative technology in its quest to provide state-of-the-art services to its clients. They are making a concerted effort to move toward vertical integration of all MPT products. Recently, CHA announced it would be incorporating mixed reality technology (MRT) into its already cutting-edge technology platform as part of its move toward vertical integration. I sat down with CHA’s chief revenue officer, Chuck Wythe, to discuss this latest addition to their services, and to find out what mixed reality technology is and what it means for the future.

HA: What is mixed reality technology?

CW: I could get into real technical details about how wave systems are tricking your eye into seeing something it’s not, but I won’t. Basically, think of Xbox’s Kinect technology. It tracks motion and translates that onto your gaming screen. Companies such as Microsoft have taken that technology, flipped it around, and put it on your head via a headset. It maps your real environment and allows you to interact with both the virtual and the real world at the same time. In other words, it takes virtual environments, overlays them in the real world, and meshes them together to create a mixed reality (MR) environment.

HA: How does mixed reality technology fit into the core services you provide at CHA?

CW: Right now, we’re doing tests and evaluations to determine exactly how it will fit, but we’ve been building high-end training services for quite some time involving 3D models, etc. The vast majority of assets can easily be repurposed into the MRT environment in short order. For example, we can construct a gas turbine model in under two days that provides a much more immersive experience for the user studying it. Currently, we’re looking at the educational value of this technology and trying to answer questions such as, “How do we use this tool to make our training better?” and, “What training models can we create to measurably improve cognitive skills among other things?” Basically, we want to improve training the best way we can using this new technology.

HA: What types of clients could benefit from your mixed reality technology services and what would they gain from MRT at this time?

CW: CHA is principally military based, so we don’t do a lot of work outside of that area. However, we’ve started to expand into analysis and logistic work. We’ve begun to take on clients who don’t work directly for the government, but are ancillary clients who produce items for the military. These clients benefit the most from what we’re doing with mixed reality technology at this time. They can weigh in on the process in a real but virtual way, from a distance, which is powerful.  Clients no longer have to be on site to have an interactive say in how the process is evolving.

Let’s say, for example, that a client provides maintenance for a building. We could build an MRT model of that building that includes all those hidden areas, like pipes and A/C units, etc. We can overlay error data from a malfunctioning unit such as an A/C unit so the maintenance tech can easily identify which individual unit is malfunctioning and fix it quickly. In addition, we foresee a potential cost benefit to clients. If MRT works out the way we hope, we should be able to save our clients money from a point of work perspective. It will take less time to build what the client is looking for, thus reducing the overall cost of the project. Although I would stress that at this time, this is a hypothetical savings.

HA: What else would you like to share about mixed reality technology?

CW: Basically, mixed reality technology is a laptop on your head. Most things you can do on your computer can be done in a holographic view through mixed reality technology. It’s going to free people up from their desks. As we go further, the way we interact with data is going to go from 2-dimensional, which data isn’t, to 3-dimensional. Up to this point, we’ve only been able to view data 2-dimensionally. To be able to bring our ability to interpret and work with data into the 3-dimensional world it inhabits is an amazing concept.

It goes without saying that there are skeptics out there. A lot of other marketable products are coming from many vendors. Lots of electronics companies will be coming out with their own versions of MRT. It’s important to note that CHA isn’t tied to a particular lens headset or hardware as the device, but we are tied to the technology that makes these things possible. The concept of the holographic world is where things are going and we’re trying to be on the forefront of that capability. We want to get cutting-edge stuff out there when we see a real benefit to our clients. CHA is excited to take this journey and learn precisely what this mixed reality technology can do and discover all the ways it can benefit our clients – and through them, our country as a whole.

For more information on mixed reality technology – or just to see what the possibilities are – check out our latest videos here.

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CHA named to Virginia’s Fantastic 50 list

Virginia Beach, Va., May 1, 2017 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was named to the Virginia Chamber of Commerce’s Fantastic 50 list of fastest growing businesses in the Commonwealth April 27. The 22nd annual Virginia’s Fantastic 50 Awards Banquet was held at the Westfields Marriott in Chantilly and was attended by more than 400 participants from around Virginia.

“We know that companies will grow and expand where they have the skilled workforce to support their mission,” said Barry DuVal, president and CEO of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. “We are glad to toast the entrepreneurial spirit of these Virginia business leaders and the dedicated employees who have brought these companies continued success.”

Virginia’s Fantastic 50 award program is a signature event of the Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and the only annual statewide award recognizing Virginia’s fastest growing businesses. To be eligible, a company must be privately held with headquarters in Virginia, show revenues between $200,000 and $200 million, and demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year revenue history. The professional service firm Dixon Hughes Goodman verifies all award entries.

“Wow! What a couple of years,” said Chuck Wythe, CHA’s chief revenue officer. “ISO 9001, a major accounting system upgrade, an IT audit and overhaul, and now a spot on the Fantastic 50 award list! We couldn’t be happier.”

About Cape Henry Associates

Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (cape-henry.com) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in Manpower Analysis, Personnel Analysis, and Training (MPT) services. Cape Henry Associates is a SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle holder and owns a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology, Lighthouse, for sole source contracting for MPT products and services. We employ a staff of more than 150 people, 75% of whom are veterans, and have an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables. We have built a reputation as the go-to company for all things MPT.

About the Virginia Chamber of Commerce

The Virginia Chamber of Commerce is the largest business advocacy organization in the Commonwealth, with more than 26,000 members. The Chamber is the leading non-partisan business advocacy organization that works in the legislative, regulatory, civic and judicial arenas at the state and federal level to be a force for long-term economic growth in the Commonwealth. Learn more at www.vachamber.com.

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