Homefront Help: USA Battle Buddies

July 11, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Canine partners long have provided comfort to humans with a variety of ailments. USA Battle Buddies exists to form those bonds of support between dogs and combat wounded veterans suffering from physical disabilities and emotional stress related to their military service. The goal is to help these former service members transition more easily to civilian life.

Interested veterans can learn about requirements to participate and how to apply online. USA Battle Buddies also offers opportunities for the general public to support its mission. The program accepts European purebred German Shepherds between the ages of 1 1/2 and 3. People also can donate money and supplies.

Homefront Help also has a Facebook page where visitors can gather and share information. If you know of a program that is helping service personnel, veterans or their families please submit that information to Rita Boland, SIGNAL’s senior news editor.

Cool App-titude: Stow

July 9, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
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Summer vacations are in full swing for many, and the Stow app for iPhone can make packing much easier. Whether you're planning for a business trip, a camping excursion or even just a busy day at the office, the app helps you pick the right template and make a packing list.

The smart travel app includes helpful features such as the "pack for weather" setting that adjusts the list of options based on what you'll need for the conditions. It also lets you share the list for multi-person trips; add and remove items with one swipe; schedule trips up to a year in advance; and email or print your lists.

Even if you're just running out the door for work, you can save a "morning routine" template to make sure you never forget anything important.

You can purchase the app for $1.99 from the iTunes App Store.

What is your favorite travel app?

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EDO Supports Unmanned Maritime Systems

July 8, 2013
George I. Seffers
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EDO Professional Services Inc., Alexandria, Va., is being awarded a $22,120,993 modification to a previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for continued technical services in support of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific) unmanned maritime systems performing fleet mine countermeasures and force protection. Services will include engineering, logistics, configuration management, research, depot maintenance, system administration and tactical and strategic management. Work will be performed in Manama, Bahrain and San Diego, Calif., and work is expected to be completed by July 22, 2014. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon Researches Insider Threat

July 8, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Oakley Systems, Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded a $7,932,976 modification to a previously awarded cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for the research and development services in support of the detection of insider threats by identifying behaviors. The Army Contracting Command, Research Triangle Park, N.C., is the contracting activity.