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Meet the companies behind TFK

Recently, KOVA Global (KOVA) and Cape Henry Associates (CHA) announced a new partnership enterprise with the formation of TFK, a company that combines the powers of both organizations for the sole purpose of competing for a contract that would supply training analysis and curriculum modernization products to the United States Navy. The two companies have a long history of working seamlessly together, having been successfully providing products to military services for over a decade.

KOVA is a woman-owned small business with the mission “to provide world-class services, when and where you need them, at a price that is cost-effective for our clients.” They are experts at training and curriculum development and offer extensive services in support of these two pillars. As KOVA employs a significant number of Surface Navy veterans, it is uniquely suited to identify training and curriculum needs and develop programs to fill them. In addition to training and curriculum development expertise, KOVA offers Mobile Training Team, AR/ML/AI, and warehousing and logistics services. With a focus on meeting the “ever-expanding training and professional and technical service needs,” KOVA is an invaluable contributor.

CHA brings savvy business experience and systems typically found in larger enterprises to the joint venture. Well known in military contracting circles for its proprietary, award-winning Lighthouse technology stack, CHA offers a wide variety of services aimed primarily at the defense industry. From Training to Data Science and Analysis, to Requirements Analysis and Research, CHA is leading the way in advanced learning environments. CHA’s Lighthouse powers the Navy’s new Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), currently in use by the U. S. Navy as part of its Sailor 2025 ready, relevant training initiative bringing cutting-edge training to Sailors at the point of need. CHA also lends its experience as a prime contracting source to its efforts with TFK.

TFK is comprised of the collective capabilities, resources, and experiences that KOVA and CHA bring to the table. With strengths in customer-specific experience and customer-specific business processes, TFK is poised to become the go-to contractor for training analysis and curriculum modernization products.

March 14th, 2020|

CHA attending IT²EC

Cape Henry Associates Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe will present findings and thoughts on “Digital twins to computer vision: A rapid path to augmented reality object detection on the battlefield” at IT²EC Tuesday, April 28, at 12 noon. IT²EC is Europe’s primary forum for representatives from across the military, civil sector, industry, and academia to connect and share knowledge about simulation, training, and education.

As acquiring real-life training data for the purposes of object identification and training on the battlefield is a costly and time-consuming task requiring human intervention, the presentation will lay the hypothetical foundation of rapidly developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) object recognition models based solely on available 3-dimensional (3D) models to provide quick and accurate battlefield object detection.

More about IT²EC can be found here: www.itec.co.uk

March 13th, 2020|

Cape Henry Associates and KOVA Global Formally Announce Partnership

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (Marine NewsWire) Feb. 20, 2020 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) and KOVA Global (KOVA) have formally partnered in pursuit of enhancing and modernizing the United States Navy’s training curriculum. CHA and KOVA came together to form Tanya Faye Kocha, LLC (TFK), a joint venture company that leverages the talents and technology of both CHA and KOVA.

CHA and KOVA have worked closely together for more than a decade in support of defense contracts. This gives the partnership a unique perspective steeped in experience to bring to the defense contracting world. KOVA is a Woman-Owned Small Business comprised of over 80 percent surface Navy Veterans while CHA is a Veteran-Owned business whose employee base is 58 percent Veterans and has a 99.5 percent on-time product delivery rate. The two companies together form an entity uniquely qualified to understand the intricacies of naval training demands as well as the challenges of content conversion as the Navy progresses toward its Sailor 2025 vision.

TFK was formed specifically to compete for a Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division contract for development of training requirements analysis and curriculum modernization products, and program management for the U.S. Navy. The fact that CHA and KOVA have worked closely on similar contracts, such as the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), speaks to their ability to successfully navigate the often-complicated waters of training transformation initiatives. Both parties are steeped in the systems and processes of this specific type of contract, work well together, and have a demonstrated understanding of what it takes to successfully deliver superior products. TFK combines the high-speed agility and technical capabilities of KOVA and melds them with the sophisticated systems and processes of CHA to offer a focused, purpose-built joint venture with proven performance in high-volume production pipelines of diverse training analyses and content development.

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) products and services. CHA maintains a DEKRA-certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, holds multiple prime contracts, and has developed award-winning technology under the Small Business Innovative Research Program. Veterans comprise over 58 percent of our team. With on-time product delivery of 99.5 percent, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.

www.cape-henry.com

About KOVA Global:

KOVA Global, Inc. (KOVA) specializes in providing training development, mobile training teams, and technology integration services including Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Our client-focused approach makes maximum use of state-of-the-art business operations technologies, outsourced indirect services, efficient onboarding practices, and specialized cost centers to minimize our internal costs and provide our clients with the maximum value and pricing advantage possible without sacrificing quality. KOVA is built for agility at-scale.

www.kovaglobal.com

 

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February 21st, 2020|

CHA begins testing of Full Mission Bridge Simulator at Whitehall Ferry Terminal, NYC

Cape Henry Associates (CHA), contracted by Eastern Shipbuilding as the Lead System Integrator for the Full Mission Bridge Simulator installation at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, New York, is pleased to announce that testing is underway.

CHA has been diligently working in support of this contract with KOVA Global and Wartsila for the benefit of the Staten Island Ferry service, which runs between Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan and the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. The ferry service carries the second largest number of passengers annually in the United States – roughly 22 million – on the 5.2-mile, 25-minute trip.

February 17th, 2020|

C-ARTS in the news again!

C-ARTS is making news again. As part of the continuing Post-Delivery Test & Training (PDT&T) that runs through mid-2021, another C-ARTS unit has been delivered and is operational at Naval Station Norfolk. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Feb. 7 for the new unit, which is operating in support of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78), the newest aircraft carrier design in more than 40 years. Sailors will receive state-of-the-art technical training steps away from their assigned ship. To read more about how C-ARTS is revolutionizing naval training, click this link.

February 14th, 2020|

C-ARTS continues to bring innovative training in support of Navy initiative

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday, Feb. 7, for the latest Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) to be delivered to Naval Station Norfolk. The new system will provide training and support to Sailors stationed on the USS Gerald R. Ford. Incorporating innovative training technology such as virtual reality and 3-D printers, C-ARTS is revolutionizing the way Sailors train for duty. Having training so readily available allows Sailors to remain current on knowledge requirements with little to no gap between completing training and putting it to use aboard ship.

Read more here!

February 11th, 2020|

2019 Year in Review

Cape Henry Associates began 2019 with the exciting opportunity to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the award-winning Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) at its semi-permanent home at Naval Station Norfolk. We say semi-permanent because, while it will have a “home base,” C-ARTS is designed to bring training to the Sailor at whatever point of service it is needed. We also saw the delivery of the first C-ARTS units to the Navy and are busy overseeing the building of more units that will begin serving the Navy in 2020.

In addition to all the positive reviews and success of C-ARTS, CHA was awarded some new contracts in 2019 that we are busy working on and for which we are looking forward to delivering state-of-the-art services. In June we were awarded a 12-month contract focused on Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) content that will help the Navy continue its overhaul of training and manpower. RRL is the future of the Navy’s training programs and will ensure our Sailors stay at the top of their game.

July awarded us a Seaport e-task order. This five-year contract will see CHA supporting the Navy’s in-service aircraft carriers with Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) products and services.

2019 brought CHA recognition on the #1 Best Companies list produced by TalentDesk. CHA actually took the #1 honors in three of their categories: Best Company for Business Jobs, Best Company for Tech Jobs, and Best Company for Computer Science Jobs.

CHA is deeply committed to serving our clients by providing the best products and services available. In 2019 we continued to produce and deliver products at a stellar 99.5% on-time delivery rate. We are proud to be the go-to company for MPT products and services and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future.

We are also proud to be a veteran-owned business and 58 percent of our employees are veterans. Most military members want to continue a career of service after their active duty time has come to an end. CHA is honored to provide a place for veterans to do that.

So, as we wave good-bye to 2019, CHA welcomes the challenges and excitement of 2020. We believe our resolve is unshakeable, so we don’t make New Year’s resolutions. Instead, our promise is one of continued dedication to our nation through the development of top-notch products and services that will see our Armed Forces continue to be the best in the world.

We are looking forward to making 2020 the most successful year yet.

December 30th, 2019|

CHA at I/ITSEC 2019

The annual Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) was recently held in Orlando, Fla. I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event. CHA’s very own chief revenue officer, Chuck Wythe, attended and served as session chair for three best-paper presentations. These papers covered three categories and a wide range of information.

The first, “Reinforcement Learning for Automated Textual Reasoning” by David Noevers and Joseph Regian, explores the underlying language model of Google’s Biodirectional Transformers for Language Understanding (BERT) to determine if a universal template can be designed. During testing, results leant new understanding to the three major concepts underscoring deep learning.

The second, “Enhancing Learning Outcomes through Adaptive Remediation with GIFT” by Randall Spain, Jonathan Rowe, et. al., explores the applications of machine learning through research with the Generalized Intelligent Framework for Tutoring (GIFT), an open source framework designed to create, deploy, and evaluate adaptive training systems.

The final session focused on “Simulating Augmented Reality Spatial Accuracy Requirements for Target Acquisition Tasks” by John Graybeal, Rachel Nguyen, and Todd Du Bosq. Their research studies spatial accuracy in augmented reality (AR) as it pertains to improving human performance. The ultimate goal is to support product development of highly accurate, task-specific, sensor-specific AR.

Each year I/ITSEC showcases impressive presentations and offers significant networking opportunities, and CHA is already looking forward to the next one.

December 11th, 2019|

Get your altered reality conference game on!

With the exponential growth in altered reality technology we’ve experienced over that last few years, is it any wonder the number of conferences focused on altered reality has also increased? The altered reality platform has grown beyond its commercial success in the gaming industry and expanded to include many relevant applications across a broad spectrum of industries from education to health care to defense. No matter your interests, it’s virtually (pun intended) guaranteed there’s an altered reality conference or convention with you in mind.

The VR/AR Association (VRARA) hosts many conferences around the country, as various chapters put on events. Check their website to see if there will be one near you any time soon.

VRX 2019 will take place Dec. 12 – 13 in San Francisco, Calif. Touted as the “world’s premier immersive technology conference and expo,” more than 30 case studies will be presented showcasing how some of the world’s largest brand names are transforming their businesses with altered reality.

The Spie.AR/VR/MR 3rd annual conference will be Feb. 2 – 4, 2020, also in San Francisco. There will be must-see presentations and demonstrations from some of the biggest names in consumer electronics. In addition, up-and-coming companies will be showcasing their contributions to the XR (cross reality) world.

If you just can’t wait until next year or don’t want to travel to the West Coast, consider checking out the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla., Dec. 2 – 6. I/ITSEC is the “world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event” with several opportunities that are hard to pass up for anyone with an interest in the XR world. From peer-reviewed paper presentations to tutorials and professional workshops, I/ITSEC has something for just about anyone. Given its affiliation with the National Defense Industrial Association, I/ITSEC has a unique emphasis on how altered reality can enhance defense and security. If you need an added incentive, Cape Henry Associates will be in attendance again this year. Connect with us on LinkedIn before the event and we’ll arrange a time to meet you there.

November 27th, 2019|

Who in the world of CHA is Gretchen Boals?

Welcome to a special edition of “Who in the World of CHA?” As you know, in November we celebrate Veterans Day and honor all those who have served our nation in one of our extraordinary military branches. You may also know CHA was founded by and is largely comprised of veterans. So this month we ‘d like to take a little time to highlight one of our veterans who has been both a proud member of the United States Navy and a dedicated CHA employee for 10 years…and is one of the many reasons we have been able to accomplish all that we have.

Gretchen, Gretch, or just G, is our program manager for Manpower, Personnel, and Training Analysis and is celebrating her 10-year CHA anniversary this month. She joined the United States Navy right out of high school and spent 25½ years serving our country with distinction, retiring in 2009 as a Master Chief Petty Officer. Gretchen felt the need to do something meaningful with her life from an early age and military service is almost a family tradition, given how many generations of her family have served. Why Navy? It also goes back to that family tradition: most members of her family have been proud Navy Sailors. While a tiny piece of her may have been eager to leave home and experience the world, naval service was her passion and her calling. And she loved every minute of it, especially serving alongside all her fellow Sailors. If you ask her, she’ll tell you it was hands down one of the best decisions she’s ever made and that she’d do it all over again. Service before self runs strong in her veins.

If you do the math, you’ll realize that Gretchen started her CHA career shortly after retiring her naval uniform. We asked her which qualities or skills she gained through military service helped her most in transitioning to the civilian workforce. “I think military service really gives one a unique sense of self and how one fits in as a functional and integral part of something bigger,” she said. The attention to detail, teamwork, work ethic, loyalty, and can-do attitude necessary to be successful in the military transfer over to the civilian world as well. The ability to focus and turn in a quality product is just as essential. Gretchen has taken the skills she learned in the Navy, along with that can-do attitude, and given her all at CHA. We’re lucky to benefit from all she’s learned along the way.

Since we are commemorating Veterans Day this month, we asked Gretchen to reflect on what it means to her to be a veteran and what it means to have a day set aside to honor those who have served. Gretchen sees her military service as a privilege. “I got to be a part of something great and was able to do more in a relatively short period of time than most will do in their lifetime,” she said. She was privileged to serve with and work with some outstanding people in her naval career who saw their service in the same light. She and those with whom she served were allowed to wear the cloth of their nation and make a difference. Freedom isn’t free, Gretchen insisted, so taking a moment to honor those who sacrifice for that freedom is important.

There is a sense of camaraderie in the military. You are more than colleagues; you truly do become family. It is a unique experience that you cannot get in a civilian setting. You learn that it’s not about you, but about something bigger than you. And you are working alongside others who come to that same realization. As cliché as it sounds, military service makes you a better citizen and gives you a vast family structure that will support you for a lifetime. Gretchen has many special memories of her naval career, all centered around those she now calls family. Memories as simple as drinking coffee with her watch team, the friends she made in boot camp, hours spent training and preparing for every possibility, and even watching “Oh Brother Where Art Thou” on the flight deck during a transit through the straits of Messina. As she says, “My favorite memory is all those wonderful faces and all those wonderful people. They made everything worthwhile.”

It’s a sentiment she’s carried with her into her time at CHA. When asked about her favorite thing about CHA is she responded – characteristically – with, “The people here make the job worthwhile.” Lest you think Gretchen is a serious person, we must disclose that her favorite CHA memory is of dressing up as Pac-Man and running through the halls of CHA on Halloween. Or maybe it’s the time she dressed up as the Wicked Witch of the West and ran through the halls with her monkey. Running through the halls is kind of her thing. Though Halloween has recently passed, next time you’re in our office try to catch up with Gretchen in the hallways and ask what she dressed up as this year. Or talk to her about how she’s continued her life of service by joining a company where she can continue to make a difference and support our Sailors in their service. Either way, you’re guaranteed to have a great conversation just so long as you can run and talk!

And for all those who have served our country through military service, we at CHA salute you.

November 5th, 2019|
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