Submarine Imaging System Contract Modified

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Lockheed Martin Mission Systems and Sensors, Manassas, Va., is being awarded a $12,276,792 cost-plus-incentive-fee modification to previously awarded contract to exercise an option for engineering service support of the AN/BVY-1 Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS). The AN/BVY-1 ISIS provides mission critical, all-weather, visual, and electronic search, digital image management, indication, warning and platform architecture interface capabilities for U.S. Navy submarines. The Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington, D.C., is the contracting activity. 

Raytheon Awarded GPS Operational Control System Funds

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Raytheon Co., Aurora, Colo., is being awarded a $7,242,477 contract modification for support of the Global Positioning Systems, Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX). The contracting activity is the Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. 

BAH to Support Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Deputy CIO

November 30, 2012
George I. Seffers
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Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., is being awarded a $15,888,620 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for information technology (IT) governance; IT privacy and security; policy and planning; IT workforce and training; SharePoint development and deployment; IT information integration; project management; and administrative support of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery Deputy Chief of Information Management/Information Technology/Chief Information Office. The Naval Supply Systems Command Fleet Logistics Center, Norfolk, Va., is the contracting activity. 

Homefront Help: Hickory Farms Ships Free to APO/FPO Addresses

December 13, 2012
By Rita Boland
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Hickory Farms is once again offering free shippping to APO and FPO addresses on select military Christmas gifts. Time is getting tight to get packages there by December 25, but most of the items are just as good for New Year’s celebrations.

Do you know of other companies offering holiday military discounts or groups doing something special to support the troops this Christmas? Let us know about it here by leaving a comment or post it to the Homefront Help Facebook page.

Homefront Help: Operation Covert Santa

December 6, 2012
By Rita Boland
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Ever wanted to be one of Santa's elves? Here's the perfect chance to try it out and help wounded warriors at the same time. Operation Covert Santa gathers the wish lists from recently injured troops and their families, removes all identifying information and asks volunteers to supply the presents. All the gifts are given and received anonymously. It isn't charity—it's the magic of Christmas.

Last year, more than 175 elves provided presents for 74 severely injured soldiers and their families. People who want to participate this year can help in several ways:

Donate cash by sending a check made out to the Aleethia Foundation at:

Aleethia Foundation

Operation Covert Santa

1718 M Street NW Suite 1170

Washington DC 20036

Put "Operation Covert Santa VI" in the memo line.


Go to the Aleethia Foundation website and donate electronically by choosing "Ed Meagher's Covert Santa Program." Whether you send a check or use the Web option, email Ed Meagher at with "Cash Donation" in the subject line so the program can know how much to budget.

Elves also can sign up to buy a single gift, support an individual soldier, or adopt a small or large family. Send an email to the address with the appropriate choice in the subject line. Participants then will receive the information about what to buy, so they can shop for it, wrap it and put on the number they will receive. The packages can be delivered in person or shipped to:

Operation Covert Santa

453 Walker Road

Great Falls, Virginia 22066

Donations are requested as soon as possible but no later than December 16. Email Ed Meagher for more information.

Cool App-titude: ShopKick

November 27, 2012
Rachel Eisenhower

The shopping season is upon us, and buying gifts for others could translate into treats for yourself with the ShopKick app for iOS and Android.

This free program gives you rewards for shopping—even if you don't buy anything. Simply walk into a store like Target, Best Buy or Old Navy and get "kicks" you can redeem for rewards. You can get even more kicks if you scan items or make a purchase.

Treats include a free coffee at Starbucks, gift cards, iTunes song downloads and more.

Download ShopKick from the iTunes App Store or Google Play.

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