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SAIC Receives $11 Million Navy Contract

March 23, 2009
By Katie Packard

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee contract not to exceed $11 million for nonpersonal professional engineering, technical and management support services; scientific/engineering analysis and studies; test and evaluation; technical data support; field engineering; integrated logistics support; configuration management; and data management support for the H-60 Helicopter Project and Aviation Support Equipment.

CSC Awarded Contract for OCONUS Support Services

March 23, 2009
By Katie Packard

CSC is being awarded a $29 million firm-fixed-price with cost reimbursable other direct costs contract for support services for the operation, maintenance, support and management of the Outside Continental U.S. (OCONUS) Navy Enterprise Network, Far East Region.

Newman's Own Awards

March 26, 2009
By Rita Boland
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The Fisher House Foundation, in concert with Newman's Own and the Military Times Media Group, is sponsoring the 2009 Newman's Own Awards. The program awards grants to organizations with ideas to improve the quality of life for military and veterans' families. A total of $75,000 is available. The top prize is $15,000, with the other $60,000 being distributed at the judges' discretion. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2009, and winners will be announced in September 2009. Application guidelines and more information are available online. The programs listed on these pages are not affiliated with our publication or association. We highlight these independent efforts as a service to our military and our readers. For more information about these programs, please contact the organizations directly.

My Soldier

March 25, 2009
By Rita Boland
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By enrolling in My Soldier, participants adopt deployed service members provided by the program and agree to send them periodic upbeat letters or e-mail messages. Care packages also can be sent but are not required. After enrolling, participants can download a My Soldier Starter Kit that contains instructions on how to begin the process as well as letter-writing guidelines.

Operation: Birthday Cake

March 24, 2009
By Henry Kenyon

Want to do something sweet for deployed service members? How about sending them a gourmet cake from Bake Me A Wish! In partnership with Soldiers' Angels, Bake Me A Wish offers two ways for folks stateside to send a special treat to troops in combat areas. The first is by purchasing The Freedom Cake, which features a layer of chocolate brownie covered with fudge frosting and topped with sprinkles and bittersweet chocolate shavings.

Pro vs. GI Joe

March 20, 2009
By Rita Boland
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Doin' a little for those who do a lot, this atypical nonprofit offers troops a chance to battle professional athletes and celebrities in head-to-head video game competitions via the Internet. Pro vs. GI Joe sets up real-time video game competitions among celebrities, high-ranking military officials and politicians stateside and troops overseas using Web-connected technologies such as PlayStation, Xbox Live and Nintendo Wii. The group also attempts to reunite warfighters with family members via webcam during the events.

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