SENTEL Celebrates 25 Years of Supporting the U.S. Military in King George
The following article was published on September 30, 2015 in The Journal Press, a weekly newspaper serving King George and Westmoreland counties and the Town of King George in Virginia. The author of the article is George Whitehurst.
In a solid, often-overlooked brick building on U.S. 301 operates an engineering firm that provides cutting-edge services to meet America’s national security needs.
For more than 20 years, the team in the King George office of SENTEL has devised solutions for security challenges for spots ranging from that last Cold War holdout, the Korean Peninsula, to the multiple fronts of the global War on Terror.
SENTEL held a Sept. 25, 2015 open house to celebrate its achievements and to re-introduce itself to the community.
Visitors streamed into the office during the four-hour event to get a glimpse of projects ranging from an independently operating robotic rover to a system of sophisticated instruments that can detect biological and chemical hazards.
Kelly Zeh, manager of SENTEL’s work on the Project JUPITR Program, showed off the series of sensors used to detect biological and chemical weapons hazards along the border between North Korea and South Korea. Assisting her was Daniel Parker, a software engineer, who ran a simulation of a biological hazard “incident” near the 38th Parallel of the Korean peninsula.
Peter Maxwell and Rob McGuire demonstrated an Autonomous Remote Platform, which can be used to map buildings and other areas of combat zones in order to lessen the risk to American soldiers preparing to advance.
Joe Landries, a software engineer, demonstrated the RDR Web Sensor Platform. The system allows military and law enforcement personnel to use handheld sensors to detect a variety of threats. The system was used in Rio De Janeiro to monitor crowds and search for threats during the World Cup soccer tournament.
Gen. William “Kip” Ward, USA (Ret.), SENTEL’s president, mingled with the staff – shaking hands and sharing some laughs. He gave a short pep talk praising the group for its teamwork and reminding them that the men and women of the United States armed forces rely on individuals, such as the exemplary individuals that make up Team SENTEL.
“It’s really an honor… to recognize this team for what you do,” he declared.
Ward urged the staff to keep striving for higher levels as a means of “improving the foxhole.”
“When we do that, we are all elevated, and the team is elevated,” he said. “That’s how SENTEL will continue to forge ahead.”
Founded in 1986 as an engineering company, SENTEL initially focused primarily on electromagnetic capabilities and sensor integration. The company’s array of services has grown to include integrated logistics, IT, intelligence and engineering.
Black Enterprise magazine recently ranked SENTEL 37th on its list of top Industrial/Services Companies.