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2018 year in review – and what a year it’s been!

December 31st, 2018|

Did 2018 seem to fly by for you like it did for us here at CHA? We were amazed when we realized it was already time to reflect on this year and look forward to 2019. Still, it was fun to take a stroll through CHA’s 2018 and look back on all that happened.

CHA was awarded some impressive contracts this year. With the first contract win, we partnered with FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. in support of a $4.2 million task order related to the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). FoxGuard brought their considerable expertise to developing high-end computer systems for C-ARTS, which we’ll discuss more in depth later.

Then we were awarded an FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) contract under which we will support the FAA by providing services to several functional areas, including Computer/Information Systems Development, Documentation and Training, and Engineering Services. CHA has worked hard over the last couple of years to expand our offerings and this contract win highlights just one of the ways we’ve worked to broaden our horizons.

CHA also was recently awarded a contract in service of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Under this one-and-a-half year, $2 million contract, CHA will design products using the latest available technologies in machine learning and convolutional neural networks to process large DIA datasets and provide faster methods of analyzing captured media. A mouthful maybe, but we’re honored to be working with our nation’s intelligence service in such a capacity.

Additionally, CHA was the proud recipient of a couple of awards this year. We were named one of Virginia’s Fantastic 50 for a second year in a row. This list highlights the 50 fastest growing businesses in the Commonwealth. We’re proud to be recognized for a second year and will continue to work hard to grow and expand in the future. In September, CHA was also recognized with the MS&T Industry Awards’ Outstanding Innovative Product Award for our Lighthouse High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) product. In addition to being featured in the September issue of MS&T, CHA was honored for its achievement in November at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla.

However, our biggest and most exciting news of 2018 was the completion and launch of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System. C-ARTS impressed all who had a chance to see it this year. Even the Vice Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Bill Moran, made a trip to check out this impressive new training system. By the end of 2018, C-ARTS had started offering its first classes to CVN 78 crews and is well on the way to providing top-notch, state-of-the-art training to our entire Navy. We couldn’t be prouder of how C-ARTS turned out and can’t wait to do even more impressive work in the future. C-ARTS will make its way to its permanent home at Naval Station Norfolk next year.

As you can see, CHA had quite a year! But we don’t rest on our laurels here. We’re already hard at work on exciting new offerings for 2019. Keep checking back in for periodic updates and the chance to meet more of our impressive employees. CHA is only as strong as the talent and dedication of our people. Judging on what they’ve done so far, we can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

Who in the World of CHA is Eric Davis?

October 29th, 2018|

Eric Davis is our stellar Project Lead for manpower, personnel, and training development plans. That is, Eric is instrumental in the development of new and groundbreaking training and support mechanisms for our clients. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who is making a second career out of supporting our military via CHA, where he has now been for almost three years – ok, 2 years and 10 months (he’s a stickler for particulars).

It’s no surprise Eric’s favorite thing about working at CHA is the flexibility that all employees enjoy. It’s that flexibility that helps breed creativity and a passionate desire to provide our clients with the absolute best products. Eric, as project lead, not only benefits from that flexibility but fosters that creativity and fluidity in others. As humble as he is, Eric probably wouldn’t put it quite like that, but those of us lucky enough to work with him know it’s true.

Eric is fun and outgoing and loves a good laugh. Although he can be a man of few words if asked to discuss himself, he makes coming to work something to look forward to. We’re not necessarily saying Mondays are lauded, but Eric definitely makes it easier to say goodbye to the weekend!

Eric is married with four children ranging in age from 21 all the way down to 8. He is, understandably, incredibly proud of all his children from his oldest, Demetrius, a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of their rugby players, to his daughter who is a sophomore at the University of South Florida, to his two younger children who love soccer and track and field and excel at their school in Chesapeake. It doesn’t take long once you meet Eric to understand how important family is to him and how much he enjoys his time with them.

Eric’s hobbies, beyond his family time, include fishing and coaching youth sports. We love that Eric is so giving of his time to not only his family, but to other kids in the community. It’s truly a hallmark of who he is.

Eric believes CHA will continue to be at the forefront of training solutions for military and government customers in the future, propelled largely by C-ARTS, which continues to rack up accolades as it revolutionizes training for the U.S. Navy. We’re confident that with Eric on board CHA’s products and solutions will be innovative and defiant of expectations.

Eric thinks it’s a “secret” that he likes to work with his hands. But given that he loves to coach and fish, it might be more common knowledge than he thinks. Whatever the case, the next time you stop by the office find Eric and ask him about his favorite fishing spots. He may not tell you, but he might let you in on what lures he uses. Maybe. Who knows, maybe your questions will lead him down the rabbit hole to the next CHA training product. Eric’s mind works in truly flexible ways!

Who in the world of CHA is Samantha Nerys?

October 10th, 2018|

This installment of “Who in the world of CHA” features Samantha Nerys, one of our very talented Human Systems Integration Analysts. Samantha, or Sam, has been with CHA for two years as of this past August. She spends her time here determining how many Sailors are needed where, for what purpose, and what training they’ll need to best support the capabilities of their current ship. This is especially close to her heart as Sam is a veteran of the Navy, having spent eight years serving her country and ending her career as an Operations Specialist 2nd class (SW/AW).

Sam says her favorite thing about CHA is the flexibility allowed for the crucial family/work-life balance. Since CHA very firmly believes happy, well-balanced employees are the best employees, we’re glad Sam finds this such a significant draw. Sam will tell you she’s extremely introverted, but we’re not sure we believe her. She does have a tendency to keep to herself and really observe when she first meets a new person, but once she knows you it’s like she’s known you forever! Absolutely every topic under the sun will come up and you’ll probably find yourself laughing quite a bit. In other words, she fits right in here at CHA.

When she’s not enlivening our offices, Sam stays extremely busy as the married mother of two active boys. She loves how busy they keep her, especially when they’re experiencing new things, like this year when the family explored Mexico together and swam with dolphins. When asked what her favorite thing is about her boys she said, “They are fearless and each day they help to ease some of my own fears!”

Speaking of fears (or not), Sam loves international travel. She feels blessed that the Navy sent her around the world for eight years and let her indulge in her obsession with international cuisine. She loves experimenting with the dishes she’s tried in other countries and won’t rest until she has perfectly recreated those dishes at home. She is ecstatic that now that she’s “turned civilian,” she has increased opportunities to explore the globe with her family. She also loves planning parties. Give her any excuse to celebrate and she’ll plan a huge party around it.

Sam loves what CHA is doing for the Navy and predicts that in five years we’ll be doing even bigger things. She believes that expanding our capabilities through our new C-ARTS endeavor will only open more doors for us and that our potential is limitless. You can understand why we think Sam is going to be with CHA for as long as she wants. With enthusiasm, dedication, and talent like she has, she’ll be instrumental in taking us toward that limitless potential.

We asked Sam to tell us something no one else at CHA knows. She responded with this little fact: she comes from a family full of military personnel, but she is the first (and only) woman in her family to serve. We think that deserves a party. Tell us the next time you’re coming to the office and we’ll have Sam plan one. It’s one of the things she loves to do, after all.

Who in the world of CHA is Emily Trautwein?

September 26th, 2018|

We’re focusing on one of our newer Project Analysts this time, Emily Trautwein. Emily has been a Project Analyst here at CHA since August, but she’s been with us for three years. She started in May 2015 as our receptionist before transitioning to the crazy job of being the vice president’s executive assistant from November 2017 until August of this year. Our vice president didn’t want to lose her, but we like to share the wealth and we’re thrilled she’s bringing her incredible talent to our Project Management Office.

Emily loves her co-workers, which is fortunate because we love her. She loves the mix of humor and fun combined with hard work that defines our workplace. She loves coming to work because she knows everyone is extremely dedicated to the job at hand while fostering a healthy and creative environment, all while working toward the greater purpose of supporting our military forces. While not a veteran herself, Emily enjoys working in support of our military.

We asked Emily how she would describe herself and she initially demurred saying, “These [types of] questions usually trip me up since I don’t really know how to describe myself.” She agreed to let her family try. Her brother said she’s goal-driven, ambitious, caring, compassionate, and extremely intelligent. All things we’d agree with wholeheartedly! Her dad described her as “weird” and one who “enjoys silly humor yet can be very serious, and a perfectionist who loves to learn.” We’re beginning to understand why she fits in so well at CHA! Her mom said Emily is “smart and prepared,” which Emily attributes to her Eagle Scout father who repeated the Scout motto, “Be Prepared” regularly while she was growing up. She does always have some random or unusual tool available whenever needed so it seems to have rubbed off.

Speaking of family, Emily loves spending time with hers, and with her friends when she’s not working or hosting the family shih-tzus, Harpo and Libby (when they’re not running her mom’s or sister’s lives). You’ll often find her exploring First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, traveling, taking road trips, hiking, or reading and enjoying a good cup of coffee or tea. She’s likely to have a camera with her, as Emily loves photography.

Emily sees CHA staying quite busy with our current work regarding the innovative training system C-ARTS. She thinks the potential and applicability of C-ARTS will only grow and offer more, not just to the Navy but to all the military branches. She sees herself continuing to be part of its development and supporting the growth of this initiative.

While Emily may not know how to describe herself, she did share a couple of fun facts that even her CHA compatriots might not know. She used to be absolutely terrified of heights (and still isn’t a big fan), but she conquered her fear when she visited Notre Dame in France. Since it was her first visit to Europe, and since “everything worth seeing in Europe is tall,” she decided she’d better learn to scale the heights in order to be able to see what she wanted to see. This is Emily in a nutshell: she just won’t let anything stand in her way! It’s why we never want to lose her. Also, she shared that her birthday (December 5) is the same day as Walt Disney’s, which she figures is why she loves Disney movies so much. Now that we know this, we’ve got her birthday cake theme all picked out! Next time you’re in the CHA offices, track Emily down and tell her what your favorite Disney movie is. We’ll take a poll and get her a cake with the “winning” movie’s characters!

 

CHA Wins 2018 MS&T Industry Award

August 28th, 2018|

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded the 2018 MS&T Industry Awards’ Outstanding Innovative Product Award for its Lighthouse High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) product. CHA is the Lead Systems Integrator supporting PEO CARRIERS with the Carrier Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) HVLE program. Military Simulation and Training Magazine (MS&T) is the leading simulation and training publication for the defense industry and is “committed to the development of simulation and training as a force multiplier for our highly capable warfighters,” according to its website. This is the 17th year MS&T has recognized industry forerunners for their innovation and dedication to the simulation and training field.

 

This year, three award finalists were hand-picked by a panel of MS&T editors and invited judges. Once the finalists were chosen, MS&T subscribers voted for the winners. Award winners will be featured in the September edition of the magazine. In addition, CHA will be honored for its achievement at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the end of November in Orlando, Fla.

 

CHA is honored to be the recipient of this award. “Recognition of our accomplishments by our peers is a humbling experience. We will continue to strive to produce the exceptional value and service to our clients that are at the foundation of everything we do,” said Chuck Wythe, CHA’s chief revenue officer.

Who in the world of CHA is Michelle Flordeliz?

July 9th, 2018|

This month it’s our pleasure to introduce you to Michelle Flordeliz. She is a Project Manager at CHA and is assigned as our Project Management Office’s (PMO) representative to our largest department, Training Development (TRADEV). One of a great group of big brains toiling away in the small meeting room PMO calls home, Michelle manages TRADEV like a pro. She is currently working on her PMP (Project Management Professional) certification and judging by how well she’s doing at CHA, we’re pretty sure she’ll have that certification in no time!

Michelle has been with CHA for almost three years (2 years, 10 months, but who’s counting?) and loves the camaraderie, flexible schedule, and work/life balance. She truly appreciates that management trusts you can get your job done without being micromanaged and is a huge fan of the honesty and transparency CHA is proud to provide. We think she makes it easy by being the ultimate team player. She is always eager to learn and is just about one of the easiest-going people we’ve ever met. Watch out though – she’s a wicked prankster (and can usually pull pranks and crack jokes with a straight face) and is willing to try anything once. We’re guessing it’s because she values education and training more than anything and everyone knows experience is a great teacher.

When she isn’t ensuring TRADEV’s project health, Michelle loves hanging out with family. As she says, “Family is a big deal! Family time is a huge part of life.” She and her family spend their time on the water, on their bikes, or on road trips when they aren’t shuttling back and forth between sporting events, practices, or school functions. In addition to all the family time, Michelle loves surfing, snowboarding (we’re pretty sure she travels for that), softball, and basketball. She isn’t just an athlete though; she’s also an avid fan. So much of a fan that she actually roots for TWO professional football teams: the Green Bay Packers and the Miami Dolphins. In between the sports she plays or cheers on, Michelle loves being on the water and at the beach. Add in music concerts and great food (she’s a self-professed “foodie” who loves to both taste and cook) and she’s just about the perfect resident for our neck of the woods.

Michelle herself is not a military veteran, but she has spent her entire career primarily in support of the DoD/Armed Forces. She is a veteran of government agencies, which makes her a perfect fit at CHA. Michelle believes CHA is making the strategic moves necessary to become a key player in areas other than our current wheelhouse. She is especially excited about the advances we’re making in regard to creating a more advanced approach to training – such as our C-ARTS and AR/VR efforts – and is proud to be a part of it.

It may not come as a surprise that Michelle is mechanically inclined, though she thinks it might. She loves taking things apart, seeing how they work, and putting them back together. She says she can diagnose an issue, dismantle an engine or other mechanical component, fix it, and reassemble it, especially if there’s a YouTube video she can reference. Not really surprising since she’s so passionate about training and learning new things, but if you’re in the office and want to challenge her mechanical prowess, feel free. After all, she’s willing to try anything once!

What in the world does that mean?

April 10th, 2018|

Acronyms. They’re everywhere. We see an acronym and we might look up what it stands for, but rarely do we take it further and actually research what it is. Let’s go beyond the acronym “SBIR,” and learn a little bit about what it is and what it means to Cape Henry Associates (CHA).

SBIR stands for Small Business Innovation Research. For our purposes, SBIR is a United States government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, that awards research funds to small businesses to help facilitate research into and development of scientific excellence and technological innovation. CHA uses SBIR to research and develop technology aimed at providing the highest level of support to our military branches, and as such, SBIR is a foundation of our company.

Using SBIR, CHA created and continues to improve our Lighthouse technology. Lighthouse software is, as we describe it, a technology stack designed to function as a platform to integrate diverse datasets. Lighthouse provides the framework on which we rapidly develop software applications around common data elements. Currently, Lighthouse is used in almost all of our service areas and has become the “neural network” that feeds Cape Henry’s production efforts.

Lighthouse is instrumental in our analysis work products, such as our CoBRA (Configuration-Based Requirements Analysis) product. We can easily aggregate and analyze organizational manpower and training data from many disparate sources into a cohesive and easily interpreted product. Lighthouse helps us to deliver one-version-of-the-truth and ensures our analysis is rooted in empirical data. Because of Lighthouse’s success, it has been requested by the military via several new contracts CHA will be working on in the coming years.

Lighthouse is also central to our new High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) product line, currently being delivered by CHA as part of the C-ARTS solution. C-ARTS (yet another acronym, standing for Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System) is a training system that is available at the point-of-need, in whatever medium that training is needed. Lighthouse provides all control and access functions to a C-ARTS system-of-systems specifically designed to deliver the most advanced learning content available to the most advanced nuclear aircraft carrier on our planet, the USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-78.

CHA continually strives to provide the very best products we can, to ensure our clients are the best they can be, and the SBIR program is vital in this endeavor.

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

March 6th, 2018|

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.

www.cape-henry.com

 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.”

www.foxguardsolutions.com

 Media Contact Information:
Cape Henry Associates – Jessica Bertsch
jbertsch@powerhouseplanning.com
+1.757.773.7357

 FoxGuard Solutions – Jonas Baranauskas
jbaranauskas@foxguardsolutions.com
+1.877.446.4732

Who in the world of CHA is Danielle Prieur?

March 1st, 2018|

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!

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Scott Taylor visits CHA

November 29th, 2017|

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)

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