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18th Fires Receives Meritorious Service Accolades at Fort Bragg

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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.

Joe Louis Wreath Laying Ceremony

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The SENTEL Corporation President William E. “Kip” Ward was the featured guest speaker at the Wreath Laying Ceremony on Saturday, June 24, 2017, commemorating the 79th Anniversary of Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling Heavyweight championship bout symbolic of the struggle between competing ideologies – American Democracy vs. Hitler’s Nazism. As President Franklin D. Roosevelt told Mr. Louis before the historic fight in 1938, “You represent the might of America against dictatorship and oppression.”

Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis served four (4) years in the US Army during World War II as a Sergeant and donated over $100,000 to Soldier programs. He is buried in Arlington National Cemetery near the Tomb of the Unknowns.

You can read more about the championship fight here: Link

SENTEL’s Chief Scientist to Present at NATO Military Sensing Symposium

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SENTEL has been selected to present at the NATO Sensors and Electronics Technology (SET) 9th Military Sensing Symposium, May 31- June 3, 2017. Dr. McKenna will present the results of two recent Internal R&D projects to the largely international audience of Government Scientists and engineers from NATO countries. This first paper “Enhanced Data to Decision Analytics for Force Protection and CBRN Sensing in Multinational Coalitions” will address improved automation of Data to Decision during Biological attacks against Coalition Forces. According to Mr. David Young, the project lead:

Asymmetric threats including chemical and biological attacks represent a persistent obstacle to U.S. military operations, and those of our Coalition Partners. Sensor and surveillance systems possess the capacity to provide warnings and indicators on a point-by-point basis, however real-time actionable intelligence derived from the data remains a challenge for Commanders. The algorithms we are developing help address uncertainty and latency in the Military Decision Making Process.

McKenna will also present research on improving bio-sensing for Mission Command during crisis events, including situational awareness information on all active squads and their member status (“Bio-Sensing for Enhanced Situational Awareness in Multi-National Coalition”). Says Ms. Shravy Tirumala-Valet, the project lead:

Situational awareness in dangerous environments is an ongoing challenge. Whether supporting warfighters in a combat zone or emergency response personnel responding to a disaster, we are developing technologies that allow users to share information critical to mission success.

For more information on either topic, or for insight into how SENTEL can improve Military or First Responder readiness, please contact Jason McKenna, Ph.D. (jmckenna@nullsentel.com).

Kelly Zeh Selected as a Director of the Nuclear Biological Chemical Industry Group (NBC-IG)

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Ms. Kelly Zeh, Engineering Program Manager and PMP, was selected to be a Director of the Nuclear Biological Chemical Industry Group (NBC-IG).

The NBC-IG is a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, & Explosives (CBRNE) industry group that collaborates with multiple government agencies to facilitate discussion and drive strategy in the world of CBRNE.

Ms. Zeh brings an extensive background in systems and software engineering, cyber security, and interconnected devices and the internet of things for technology programs as the PM for the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Joint United States Forces Korea Portal and Integrated Threat Recognition (JUPITR) advanced technology demonstration (ATD).

SENTEL wishes to extend congratulations to Ms. Zeh for this considerable honor.

SENTEL Wins RS3 – Largest IDIQ Contract in SENTEL’s History

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SENTEL Corporation (SENTEL) has been awarded the Army’s Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) IDIQ, the largest IDIQ in SENTEL’s history, with a ceiling value of $37.4B. A highly sought-after contract by companies both large and small, RS3 is replacing five expired or expiring contracts. SENTEL was one of 55 awardees, out of 387 bids submitted to the government.

RS3 provides knowledge based professional engineering support services for programs with Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) related requirements, which include:

  • Engineering
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E)
  • Logistics
  • Acquisition and Strategic Planning
  • Education and Training Services.

Michael Smith, Vice President of Engineering, said it best:

I am proud of our team here at SENTEL for their continued commitment to excellence. Winning this contract is a testament to the team’s efforts. The RS3 IDIQ contract provides a vehicle through which SENTEL Corporation will continue to support the US Army and Warfighters around the world, with innovative and well-engineered solutions.

Congratulations to SENTEL’s Engineering Segment for their focused pursuit of this contract, and to all the people who contributed to the award.

SENTEL IT Solutions Team Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3

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SENTEL Corporation, Information Technology Solutions Sector today announced that it has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Integration (CMMI)®-DEV V1.3. Concurrently, Software Engineering was appraised at Maturity Level 2, having sustained this level for 17 years. The appraisal was performed by Global Process Solutions, LLC.

The photo, above, depicts the CMMI Appraisal Team (appearing left to right): Paul Schwartz, Mary Segnit (Lead Appraiser), Amy LaCivita (CMMI Sponsor), Lynn Simms (EPG Chair), Jackie Harding, Michelle Simms, Rosario Garcia, Doug Mahagan, and General Kip Ward.

CMMI is a collection of best practices for product and process capability improvement that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for Maturity Level 3, is established and improved over time.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 2 indicates the organization is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

The systems and software development work at SENTEL Corporation has been performing at appraised levels of the CMM and CMMI since the year 2000. This latest effort by the Information Technology Solutions group in conjunction with our expanded organization’s set of standard processes, is the pinnacle of our best practices for over 17 process areas. According to Lynn Simms, Engineering Process Group (EPG) Chair, “We are thrilled to be formally recognized for our consistent dedication to quality products and processes.”

SENTEL’s IT Solutions has been working with the Audit Programs and Support Services (APSS) at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 2001. We have consistently seen improvements in deliverable quality as SENTEL continued to follow the best practices and organizational standard processes as described by the CMMI model. According to Rahul Vyas, APSS Program Manager, “Our recent appraisal to CMMI Level 3 will allow us to continue delivering timely and of exceptional quality deliverables. With the inclusion of 11 more process areas, we are looking forward to large gains in customer satisfaction, increased efficiency and deliverable quality.”

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About the Information Technology Solutions Sector

The accessibility of information and the ability to manage that information is a driving factor of success in every business environment. The ability to fully integrate and manage information systems is a critical component of any IT solution. SENTEL delivers effective solutions for complex Enterprise IT needs. From software engineering to secure network solutions to enterprise IT business process re-engineering, SENTEL has the experience to help you succeed in an environment where the only constant is change.

SENTEL has a successful track record of more than 20 years of quality software releases and customer satisfaction. Our employees are trained in handling sensitive and classified data for a variety of customers. Our software engineers have solid experience with applications development, complex program integrations, and integrating data from multiple sources for specific program and customer use in service of clients including the IRS, the Navy, the Army, and commercial clients.

About the Engineering Sector

SENTEL has been a market leader in developing information solutions designed for spectrum management systems, sensor networks, border surveillance systems, perimeter surveillance systems, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems.

About SENTEL Corporation

SENTEL was founded in 1986 as an engineering company supporting the U.S. government with electromagnetic capabilities and sensor integration. As the needs of our customers have grown, and technology has accelerated to match, SENTEL has substantially grown capability areas to provide the services our customers need. SENTEL now supports integrated logistics, information technology, intelligence, engineering, mission support, business services and test and evaluation services for a variety of clients. Our multi-faceted company is currently engaged in various high profile initiatives ranging from major integrated logistics initiatives, border protection, system engineering services, geophysical monitoring technology, safety management, intelligence support activities, chemical and biological detection, security product development and software development.

About CMMI® Institute

CMMI Institute (CMMIInstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps.