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Homefront Help: Luke’s Wings

February 14, 2013
By Rita Boland
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After service members are injured in battle, having their loved ones nearby during recovery can speed the healing process. Luke’s Wings looks to facilitate the rehabilitation by purchasing travel agency services and travel tickets for families. The end result is encouragement and motivation for everyone involved in the situation. But the organization doesn’t stop there. It also fills requests from World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans in care facilities who want to see their loved ones. This Veterans in Hospice Care Program serves as a “final salute” to those who have served their country.

The various efforts are made possible through donations from individuals and through corporate sponsorships. Information about donating is available on the organization’s website. People who need assistance can request travel funds online as well.

Any companies that want to help have a special call to action. Currently, Luke’s Wing is running a fundraiser it calls the 50 by 5 campaign. Officials are seeking 50 businesses to make a tax-deductible contribution of $5,000 in 2013 to the nonprofit’s mission. If successful, the organization can fulfill every flight request it receives this year. Supporters will be featured on the website and in upcoming media opportunities. For more information, contact Lindsay Kin at (202) 735-5694 or lindsaykin@lukeswings.org.
 

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 news editor.

Homefront Help: Musical VETStravaganza

February 7, 2013
By Rita Boland
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Anyone who follows Homefront Help, or veterans news in general, knows that finding meaningful employment for former service members is a serious concern. For that reason, the Code of Support Foundation and a variety of partners are featuring the Musical VETStravaganza on February 17 that salutes veterans and highlights the Hiring Our Heroes program. The show starts at 3 p.m. at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium. Performers include country music stars Mark Wills and David Kroll as well as the West Point Cadet Glee Club.

The concert is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. They can be obtained online at www.lisner.org or by phone at 202-994-6851 and 202-994-9599.
 

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 news editor.

ViaSat to Provide Cryptographic Modules

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, on behalf of the Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS) Program Office, has awarded a $34 million dollar firm fixed price contract to ViaSat Inc., Carlsbad, Calif., for the design, development, and production of a cryptographic module for the MIDS Low Volume Terminal (MIDS-LVT) Block Upgrade 2. The contract encompasses the development, prototype delivery, testing, and integration of a cryptographic module that is designed for integration into a variety of MIDS-LVT hardware variants. The award also calls for production of approximately 10,000 modules for retrofit of all MIDS-LVT hardware in service at the conclusion of the development.

Dev Technology Group Receives ICE Task Orders

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Dev Technology Group Inc., Reston, Va., recently announced that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has awarded the company multiple task orders under the ICE Software Operations and Maintenance Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement. Dev Technology will maintain mission critical systems at ICE including the Enforcement Integrated Database, the Federal Financial Management System Infrastructure, and the Real Property Management System. These systems support ICE agents across the country. 

Two Firms Awarded Network and Information Systems Funds

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Computer Sciences Corp., San Diego, Calif., is being awarded a potential $9,437,767 modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option to provide engineering services for network and information systems that are currently operational and/or under development. Exercising of this award-term option will bring the total contract value to $35,659,074. This is one of two multiple award contracts: both awardees compete for task orders during the ordering period. Science Applications International Corp., McLean Va., is being awarded a potential $9,276,960 modification to previously awarded indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract to exercise an option to provide engineering services for network and information systems that are currently operational and/or under development. Exercising this award-term option will bring the potential contract value to $36,014,840. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, San Diego, Calif., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon to Study Cobra Judy Radar Replacement Architecture

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Co., Tucson, Ariz., is being awarded a $9,817,530 cost-plus-fixed-fee modification to previously awarded letter contract for an alternative architecture study in support of the Cobra Judy Replacement (CJR) program. The CJR program designs, develops, and acquires a functional replacement ship and mission equipment suite for the current Cobra Judy and USNS Observation Island. The CJR mission is the same as that of the system it replaces—long-dwell foreign ballistic missile data collection in support of international treaty verification. The mission systems onboard the replacement ship includes high-power, instrumentation-class S-band and X-band radar phased arrays and the necessary ancillary equipment to support the mission. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Design Knowledge to Develop 4-D Common Operational Picture

February 6, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Design Knowledge Co., Fairborn, Ohio, is being awarded a $24,899,999 Small Business Innovation Research Phase III, cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract for research and development of the 4-D Common Operational Picture for Mission Assurance. The contracting activity is the Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.  

Federal IT Job Shadow Program Underway

February 5, 2013

The Federal Chief Information Officers (CIO) Council has launched the 2013 Information Technology (IT) Job Shadow Day program. For more than a decade, the program has enabled high school students from all across the country to shadow federal IT professionals in their communities for a day. Job shadow events will take place between now and May 1. Federal employees who would like to volunteer can register on the Office of Personnel Management’s MAX.gov website. School faculty and administrators who would like their schools and students to participate can sign up on the IT Job Shadow Day page on the CIO.gov website.

 

 

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