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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.

Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation Awarded Contract for Ongoing Support Services

March 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Ocean Systems Engineering Corporation is being awarded a $6 million task order under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract to provide ongoing engineering, technical, acquisition, administrative and management support to the Marine Air-Ground Task Force (MAGTF) Command and Control (C2) Systems (MC2S) Program Management Office and to provide an MC2S Program Office Liaison Representative on-site at the U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Command, Program Executive Office for Command, Control and Communications Tactical, Project Manager Battle Command.

Airborne Tactical Advantage Receives Navy Contract for Commercial Air Services Support

March 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Airborne Tactical Advantage Company LLC is being awarded a $35 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for contractor-owned and -operated type three high subsonic and type four supersonic aircraft in support of the commercial air services program for the U.S. Navy. Efforts to be provided include a variety of airborne threat simulation capabilities to train shipboard and aircraft squadron weapon systems operators and aircrew on how to counter potential enemy electronic warfare and electronic attack operations in the current electronic combat environment.

Harris Corporation Receives $30 Million Satellite Communications Terminal Contract From Navy Construction Division

March 20, 2009
By Katie Packard

Harris Corporation has been selected to supply Rugged Deployable Satellite Communications Terminals (RDSATs) to the U.S. Navy First Construction Division under a two-year, $30 million follow-on order. The new terminals, along with previously purchased terminals, will provide the Navy with advanced multiband satellite reach-back capabilities from around the globe to command centers in the U.S.

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