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Neal Levene Elected to APMP-NCA Board of Directors

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Neal Levene, SENTEL’s Director of Proposals, was recently elected to the Association of Proposal Management Professionals – National Capital Area (APMP-NCA) Board of Directors. He will serve a one year term as a Director at Large in the Events Logistics Chair. APMP is the worldwide authority for professionals dedicated to the process of winning business through proposals, bids, tenders, and presentations. The National Capital Area Chapter is by far the largest of APMP’s 25 worldwide chapters.

Neal Levene has over 25 years of sustained, progressive, and successful proposal development experience. He first caught the proposal bug shortly after graduating college when he was first asked to help out on resume preparation, and he never looked back. Now he is looking for a significant way to give back to the industry that has given him so much. Neal has been an active member of APMP since 2010, and he recently presented at the 2017 Bid & Proposal Conference in New Orleans. In addition to APMP’s Professional Level Certification, Neal also holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification from the Project Management Institution (PMI).

JE-RDAP Award

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SENTEL Corp., Alexandria, Virginia (W911QY-18-D-0140) will share in an $8,276,161,000 hybrid (cost, cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee, firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, and fixed-price-redetermination) contract for Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition and Production and Procurement (JE-RDAP) program to support research and development of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies and material. Bids were solicited via the Internet with 178 received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an estimated completion date of Oct. 3, 2027. U.S. Army Contracting Command, Natick, Massachusetts, is the contracting activity.

EAGLE II BOA Award

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SENTEL today announces its award of Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) II BOA IDIQ contract. The contract was awarded by the Department of the Army, Army Materiel Command (AMC), Army Sustainment Command (ASC). The EAGLE program has a global presence providing supporting 85 nationwide sites and 6 overseas operations. Expected EAGLE task order volume in 2018 alone is $1.5B. SENTEL currently holds the Ft. Bragg Task Order under EAGLE I.

Bob Thompson Retirement Luncheon

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SENTEL celebrated Bob Thompson’s retirement after almost 14 continuous years with SENTEL supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Comparative Technology Office. This service followed Bob’s successful military career. Bob and his wife are relocating to West Virginia for a well deserved full retirement that will include volunteering for the Veterans’ Administration, fishing, and skilled recreational marksmanship. The entire SENTEL community thanks Bob for his service to SENTEL and our customers, and wishes Bob only the best health and happiness in his retirement pursuits.

Neal Levene Receives APMP Practitioner Level Certification

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APMP Practitioner LogoCongratulations to Neal Levene, SENTEL’s Director of Proposals, who was notified that the assessment of his Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) Practitioner Level Certification completed positively. He was awarded the CP APMP designation. This is the second of three levels of certification that the APMP offers. The Practitioner Level requires the completion of a lengthy 35 question assessment that provides objective evidence of an individual’s professional experience. An independent assessor positively evaluated Neal’s responses against a set of Standards and Guidelines maintained by the APMP. Neal is currently working on the final of the three certifications, which he hopes to have awarded by the end of the year.

18th Fires Receives Meritorious Service Accolades at Fort Bragg

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18th Fires

The Contractor Maintenance Support Team (CMST) at 18th Fires, 3-321 Field Artillery Regiment (FAR) Fort Bragg was recognized by Brigade Commander Colonel John Rafferty and Lt. Colonel
Justin Herbermann, the 188th Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) Commander, for meritorious service to the 18th Field Artillery Brigade. The CMST was involved in the Unit Maintained Equipment (UME) program and maintained the 3-321 FAR’s equipment while the unit was deployed. During the one-year contract, the Construction Management Team (CMT) completed over of 1100 work orders for everything from Biennial services to unscheduled repairs.

SENTEL is the primary logistics provider for Fort Bragg’s Logistics Readiness Center (LRC), providing materiel maintenance, supply services, ammunition services, transportation, and the associated logistics analysis and management functions in support of the Fort Bragg LRC mission.

Paul Sigmon and Team Recognized for RTSO Software Aboard the USS America Amphibious Ready Group

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SENTEL President Kip Ward recognizes Paul Sigmon and his team’s exemplary support in coordinating short-notice approval and installation of RTSO software aboard the USS America amphibious ready group. Paul is located in our SENTEL Dahlgren office. SENTEL wishes to recognize the dedication and talent of Paul and his team.

Heather Jennings Celebrates 20 Years With SENTEL

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SENTEL President Kip Ward recognizes Heather Jennings for her 20 years of exemplary service with SENTEL. Ms Jennings is the program manager for the Spectrum Operations (AESOP) support provided to the Navy. She has been instrumental in the continued success of the program. Heather is located in our SENTEL Dahlgren office. The SENTEL community thanks and commends her for her service and loyalty to her customers, her teammates, and SENTEL.

Neal Levene Shares Lessons Learned Best Practices at APMP National Conference

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On June 13, 2017, Neal Levene, Director of Proposals, spoke at the 2017 National Bid & Proposal Conference in New Orleans presented by the Association of Record for Bid, Proposal, Business Development, Capture, and Graphics Professionals (APMP). Neal’s presentation was KISS: A Better, Simpler, More Actionable Proposal Lessons Learned Approach. KISS, which stands for Keep, Improve, Start, and Stop, is a simple, practical, and actionable methodology for collecting lessons learned results on proposal efforts. In this interactive session, the method was introduced, practiced, and a lively question and answer session ensued.

Neal has been using this method effectively for the last 15 years, first deploying it for lesson learned meetings back when he managed technology projects. Later, the versatile methodology was employed for employee coaching sessions. The methodology was even successful as the core of an employee performance evaluation system in a thirty person company for which he was President. The Keep, Improve, Start, and Stop method forms the basis of SENTEL’s Proposal Lessons Learned process.

ISO 9001:2015 Certification

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Photo caption: Left to Right: Amy LaCivita (Executive Vice President), Rosario Garcia (Manager of QM Systems), and General Kip Ward (President & COO) hold SENTEL’s new ISO 9001:2015 Certificate located at Corporate Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

Alexandria, Virginia – On Monday, June 19, 2017, SENTEL’s Corporate Headquarters received its ISO 9001:2015 certification! The ISO 9001:2015 certificate, valid for 3 years, certifies that SENTEL’s Quality Management System (QMS) adheres to the International Organization for Standardization’s fifth ISO standard and formally certifies that SENTEL demonstrates compliance with the requirements of ISO 9001. SENTEL has been registered to the previous edition of the ISO standard, ISO 9001:2008, since 2011.

What is ISO?

ISO refers to the International Organization for Standardization.

  • ISO involves proactive quality assurance, rather than reactive quality control.
  • ISO emphasizes how we avoid problems, rather than how we resolve problems (which saves time and money).
  • ISO requires the documentation of approved processes to ensure repeatability.

The ISO 9001:2015 standard, is a robust standard with requirements in leadership, risk-based thinking, documented information, and process approach. SENTEL Corporate Headquarters process owners underwent a readiness review in December 2016, and a second two day audit on May 17-18, 2017 with two separate auditors from the British Standards Institution (BSI) who verified SENTEL’s compliance with the new ISO 9001:2015 requirements.

“In today’s competitive environment, SENTEL’s commitment to quality is a key discriminator that will ensure quality results are delivered to our customers each and every time. Our commitment to achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, a year before the transition deadline, is testimony to our hard work and dedication,” stated Kip Ward, SENTEL’s President & COO.

The SENTEL team delivers professional engineering, information technology, business services, mission support and logistical skill sets to meet the enterprise needs of government and commercial clients. In providing the solution, SENTEL partners with our customers to deliver people and know-how.