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Who in the world of CHA is Ed Crawley?

Welcome to another exciting peek at one of our stellar members!

This time we’re featuring Ed Crawley. Ed is an Instructional Systems Designer for CHA and has been with us for two years (or two years and five months if you want to be entirely accurate, which Ed appreciates). Basically, he meets with every client and conducts a job analysis with them. This helps CHA determine the best training solution for the client’s individual situation. In addition, Ed puts his 20 years of naval experience and his degree in education to good use developing training products for various courses, working directly with the instructors and subject matter experts to ensure technical accuracy and organization of subject material. Ed says he loves “helping people decipher information to get to that ‘A-ha!’ moment.”

Ed is a happy guy with a big laugh, and he loves to help people. His favorite thing about working at CHA is the people (we concur). He loves the blend of military and non-military personnel who each bring a different kind of energy to the table and a lot of different perspectives when faced with varying challenges. He thrives in this environment and hopes to continue being one of the key people helping CHA “push the training products we develop into a more immersive development.” He looks forward to being on the cutting edge of the transition from more traditional teaching models to the highly interactive training solution CHA is pioneering.

When not treating us to his distinctive laugh and great personality, Ed spends time with his sweetheart, Emily, and their two children, daughter Jasmine, who is 18, and son Eddie, who is 11. Jasmine is a senior in high school this year with plans to attend Old Dominion University and major in sports medicine, as well as play soccer for the Division I Lady Monarchs. Eddie is a tech guru and a league swimmer. Ed spends much of his time away from CHA supporting his children in their endeavors. When he does have a free moment, he enjoys watching movies or riding his motorcycle.

A bit on the modest side, Ed is always focusing on others and their accomplishments. But we were able to glean a little-known fact about him: when he was stationed in Naples, Italy, he played rugby with the NATO Lions and sang with a rock-and-roll cover band in local Italian bars. So, the next time you visit CHA, track down Ed and ask him to sing something for you. He probably won’t, but you just might get to hear him laugh – and that alone will make your day.

2018-03-22T15:32:02+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|

FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. partners with CHA in support of $4.2 million contract

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. March 6, 2018 FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. (FoxGuard) recently partnered with Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in support of a $4.2 million task order related to design, development, and delivery of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Lighthouse technology product.

FoxGuard worked with CHA to design and deliver purpose-built, liquid-cooled, high-end computer systems for the C-ARTS build. To facilitate technology-based training inclusive of virtual reality and intensive simulations, CHA needed high-end computers with high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) in a small form factor. The heat produced by these high-end components in a small form factor required a liquid-cooled solution for optimal computer performance. FoxGuard worked hand-in-hand with Cape Henry’s engineers to identify the chassis, cooling requirements, long life cycle components, and reliable parts that would meet the requirements for this project. “By working with FoxGuard, CHA was able to access FoxGuard’s engineering team to obtain expert recommendations and select the optimal systems builds that would be used to support our training and simulation solutions for our High Velocity Learning Environment,” said CHA Chief Executive Officer John Jackson.

“FoxGuard Solutions has been overcoming thermal challenges to meet client needs in the energy industry for some time, and partnering with CHA in support of a Department of Defense training and simulation project opens an exciting new avenue for us,” said Nasri Salamoun, FoxGuard’s director of engineering.

This C-ARTS project is being built in support of the U.S. Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative as part of Sailor 2025. C-ARTS is set for final delivery in late spring of 2018.

 About Cape Henry Associates:
Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) 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. Government agencies utilizing the Lighthouse application framework are entitled to sole-source contracting for MPT products and services. Cape Henry Associates employs a staff of more than 100 people, 69% of whom are veterans. With an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.


 About FoxGuard Solutions:
FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. has been bridging the gap between IT and OT technology environments for more than 35 years via integrated hardware, software, and security solutions. Based in Southwest Virginia, FoxGuard serves customers in more than 60 countries from their secure, ISO-certified, ITAR-registered facility. Providing configuration, testing, imaging, certification, integration, regulatory/export compliance, and life cycle management programs, FoxGuard’s solutions are “Built for Security.”


 Media Contact Information:
Cape Henry Associates – Jessica Bertsch

 FoxGuard Solutions – Jonas Baranauskas

2018-03-06T16:08:56+00:00 March 6th, 2018|

Who in the world of CHA is Danielle Prieur?

Danielle Prieur, or “Dani,” as we know her, goes by the title of Business Analyst at CHA, though she wears many hats around here as she supports our Director of Proposals and Chief Revenue Officer – she’s spent two years keeping these two in line (which probably qualifies her for a medal or something)!

Dani is probably one of the happiest people we know and always keeps us laughing around the office with her comedic antics and desire to spread joy wherever she goes. Her personal philosophy that “happiness is a daily choice” is something she practices with zeal, and it spills over into everything she does. She says her favorite thing about CHA is the people, and we have to say that Dani is definitely one of our favorite things!

Dani comes from a long line of military service. Although she would say she’s never served, the fact that she is a widow of the Iraq War means she’s sacrificed for our country. Her family’s service and her own experiences have made her a patriot with the utmost respect for our military veterans and our country, and this makes her a perfect fit for CHA. Today, she is happily married with a stepdaughter and extended family who bring her much joy and help her enjoy her many hobbies, including road trips, camping, dodgeball, bicycling, hiking, bonfires, and tubing down rivers. You get the picture: Dani is what we call adventurous!

Dani also loves animals about as much as she loves people, and volunteers her time in service to them. Her own dogs, Mollie and Vinni, and her cat Romeo keep her grounded and help her cheer on her beloved Pittsburg Steelers and Virginia Tech Hokies. (We don’t judge. Much.) They like to hang with her as she gardens, paints, or reads or watches TV shows based on her early career path in law enforcement and forensics. (Don’t mess with Dani, especially if she hasn’t had her daily dose of coffee!)

We asked Dani to tell us something nobody else knows about her – not even those of us who see her smiling face every day at work. She told us that way back when even rainbows were black and white (who doesn’t love that visual?!), she was Miss Virginia 1997 for Hawaiian Tropic and represented Virginia at the televised international pageant in Oahu, Hawaii! You KNOW that as soon as we finish this blog post, we’re going to be looking up that footage!

Here in the present where rainbows are multicolored harbingers of joy, Dani has a vision for CHA that is completely in keeping with our own: being the leading MPT provider, establishing a strong foothold in the AR/VR/MR sector with our HoloLens development initiatives, and revolutionizing training with our brand new, state-of-the-art C-ARTS program. Next time you’re in the CHA offices, make a point to track Dani down and say hello. We can promise you’ll leave with a smile on your face!






2018-03-01T15:34:40+00:00 March 1st, 2018|

CHA’s Jay McGovern named to Navy League board

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) Project Management Office (PMO) Director Jay McGovern has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Hampton Roads Counsel of U. S. Navy League (HRCNL), becoming the second CHA employee on the board of one of the most active Navy League organizations in the United States. A 14-year Navy Veteran, Jay began working with Cape Henry in 2007 as a weapons system analyst. He advanced within the company and eventually found himself leading the newly formed PMO, a position that keeps him abreast of the latest technologies affecting the Fleet. As Cape Henry Associates grew into a corporate affiliate of the HRCNL, Jay was selected to participate as a representative of the company.

Jay was born into a Navy family and grew up in a Navy town. He attended boot camp and “A” school in Great Lakes, where he quickly fell in love with the Navy esprit de corps. After “C” school in Dahlgren, Va., he was ready for the Fleet. Jay’s various tours were filled with opportunities to work with and for individuals and Navy leaders in a wide range of challenging situations, further fueling his enthusiasm for our U.S. Navy. His recent appointment to the Navy League board shows his continued commitment to our Navy and this community.


2018-03-01T12:38:48+00:00 December 23rd, 2017|

CHA gathering toys for Virginia’s girls and boys

This year, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is proudly embracing the opportunity to be one of Santa’s helpers. In partnership with ForKids, CHA is collecting toys for children who may not otherwise receive Christmas gifts. To date, more than 100 toys have been collected and more are expected before the end of this year’s drive.

ForKids is a Virginia organization that helps families, through a variety of services, break the cycle of homelessness and poverty. It is among the largest providers for homeless families in the state. This year, ForKids has provided housing for 370 families with almost 800 children. Contact ForKids to help.

2017-12-13T15:29:49+00:00 December 13th, 2017|

CHA attends 2017 I/ITSEC Conference

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) attended the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) during the last week of November in Orlando, Fla. I/ITSEC, held annually, is the largest conference of its kind in the world and is organized by the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA), a subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Representatives from CHA were able to meet and talk with congressional members who directly influence training and simulation at the congressional level. In addition, they had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers General David G. Perkins, Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, and Don Ariel, Co-Founder and CEO of Raydon Corporation; as well as participate in the 3rd year of the Operation Blended Warrior program (OBW). OBW’s goal is to address the integration of the Live, Virtual, and Constructive disciplines into one dynamic tool over a four-year period. Finally, CHA attendees had the opportunity to learn about and comment on the concerns facing our military services as they seek to remain at the height of readiness during a time of declining budgets and expanding threats. It was a week well spent interacting with numerous international entities all dedicated to making training, simulation, and education the best and most effective it can be.

2017-12-10T22:21:13+00:00 December 4th, 2017|

Congressman Scott Taylor visits CHA

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was pleased to welcome United States Representative and former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor to our offices Monday, Nov. 20. The congressman, who represents Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, enjoyed a tour of the Virginia Beach headquarters, spending time with corporate leadership and learning about the many services CHA has to offer. Among the primary topics of discussion were the recent Lighthouse Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III award and the innovative new training facility, Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), a platform allowing almost every modality of training content to be delivered at the point of need. We were also happy to discuss our recently awarded Army and Navy contracts with Mr. Taylor, as he shares CHA’s dedication to providing the best service to those who serve in uniform in defense of America.

Ed Crawley (Instructional Systems Designer) and Congressman Taylor

Ed Crawley (Instructional Systems Designer) and Congressman Taylor

Congressman Taylor and Wendy Weinbrecht (Purchasing Agent)

Congressman Taylor and Wendy Weinbrecht (Purchasing Agent)

Ty Hoang (Procurement Project Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Ty Hoang (Procurement Project Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Pat Rowland (TRADEV Program Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Pat Rowland (TRADEV Program Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Charlie Arrants (Vice President) and Congressman Taylor

Charlie Arrants (Vice President) and Congressman Taylor

Ken Reid (Technical Writer) and Congressman Taylor

Ken Reid (Technical Writer) and Congressman Taylor

Congressman Taylor and Rob Gaither (HSI Analyst)

Congressman Taylor and Rob Gaither (HSI Analyst)

2017-12-10T22:29:45+00:00 November 29th, 2017|

Cape Henry Associates wins C-ARTS contract

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. October 19, 2017 Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded a $4.2 million task order under a previously awarded $49.1 million contract for the design, development, and delivery of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Lighthouse technology product. Lighthouse HVLE C-ARTS supports the realization of the Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative as part of Sailor 2025 and moves training closer to the point and time of need. From the instructor controls and scheduling to the virtual reality repositories and student analyses, Lighthouse provides all control and access functions to a C-ARTS system-of-systems specifically designed to deliver the most advanced learning content available. Under this task order, Lighthouse is being further developed for inclusion of the Experience Application Program Interface, or xAPI.

“This task order is exceptionally special to us here at CHA, as it validates the incredible scope and potential for Lighthouse utilization,” says Chuck Wythe, chief revenue officer. “The SBIR pedigree of Lighthouse gives program managers the authority to contract with CHA on a sole-source basis for the technology under the SBIR phase III guidelines. It is a success story for the SBIR program and one we intend to repeat. Utilization of Lighthouse within Manpower Personnel and Training initiatives provides for unprecedented exposure to discrete data associated with a final training system or solution. We can link truly empirical data such as platform mission requirements all the way through to a learning event. This type of provenance combined with training system production analytics provides decision makers with better data, and the ability to make better decisions. The Lighthouse HVLE as delivered for the C-ARTS program will be the most advanced, empirical data-driven training technology agnostic, reconfigurable, mobile learning solution available.”

About Cape Henry Associates:

Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) 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, 69% of whom are veterans. With an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.


Media Contact Information:

Jessica Bertsch



2017-12-08T23:13:40+00:00 October 19th, 2017|

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.

2017-12-08T23:16:13+00:00 October 11th, 2017|

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.

2017-12-08T23:16:58+00:00 October 6th, 2017|
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