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2 In This Issue 2 Director s Message 3 Army Senior Leaders on the Move 5 Mission Installation Contracting Command Small Business Associate Director Garners Praise at Retirement Ceremony Associate Director, MEDCOM Office of Small Business Programs Retires 6 Senator Ben Cardin Speaks to Small Businesses Ms. Shyu Stresses Importance of Small Business Program during ACC Visit 7 USACE SDVOSB Program Manager Retires with Over 43 Years of Public Service 8 Small Business Associate Directors Visit Woman-Owned, 8(a) Small Business 9 ASC Participates in Midwest Government Contracting & Small Business Symposium 11 Intern Reflects on Experience at HQ USACE Office of Small Business Programs TACOM LCMC OSBP Small Business Fair 13 ACC OSBP Helps Small Business with Contracting Opportunities 14 OSBP Attends Government Procurement Conference Mentor Protégé and Women-Owned Program Managers Attend Small Business Networking Event 15 Army Mentor-Protégé Program Update 16 Army OSBP Co-hosts Wounded Warrior Visit Army OSBP Participates in the Northern Virginia B2G Matching Conference 17 HBCU Digest Names Dr. William Harvey as One of the Top Five HBCU Presidents of All Time 19 Small Business Award for the 21st Cavalry Brigade 20 OSBP Director Attends the Celebration of the Life of Former Representative Reverend William H. Gray III (D-PA) 21 Tiger Woods Foundation Demonstrates Support for Veteran-Owned Businesses 23 What does the Army buy from Small Businesses? 24 Legislation Important to Small Businesses Passed by the U.S. House 25 Calendar of Events U.S. Army OSBP 106 Army Pentagon Room 3B514 Washington, DC Phone: Fax: Points of Contact Ms. Tracey L. Pinson Director Ms. Peggy Butler-Mason Deputy Director Program Manager, Mentor-Protégé & Subcontracting Mr. James Lloyd Assistant to the Director, Program Manager, SDVOSB & HUBZone Ms. Cynthia Lee Assistant to the Director Program Manager, HBCU/MI and 8(a)/SDB Ms. Stacy Watson Assistant to the Director Program Manager, Women Owned Small Business, Major Programs and Training Ms. Portia Deans Assistant to the Director Procurement Analyst Ms. Edith St. Catherine Staff Action Control Specialist Ms. Veronica Atkinson Administrative Officer Ms. Marina Sullivan Program Manager New Concepts & Associates Newsletter Produced By Upcoming Events Please visit and click on Calendar of Events. Follow Army OSBP Halfaker and Associates, LLC Support Contractor to the Army OSBP Mr. Anthony Braun Mr. Cameron Miles Mr. Burt Stanko Mr. Ricardo Ruiz 1 Newsletter August 2013

3 Director s Message In a February 12, 2013, Senate Armed Services Committee hearing, GEN Raymond Odierno, Chief of Staff of the Army stated, In the Army, we are going to have to reduce purchase orders from 3,000 small companies. From an Army perspective, it will hit the small companies. GEN Odierno s concern is shared by all of us involved in Army acquisition. Our small business advocates are working harder than ever, despite their reduced resources, to ensure that Army s commitment to small business utilization remains strong. As we enter the final two months of the fiscal year, Army procurement personnel must refocus their efforts to ensure that, during these last two months, historically the most active for small business contracting, no opportunity for small business utilization is missed. Fortunately, the latest data in the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) indicates that while total eligible small business spending is significantly down, Army small business program percentages are actually higher than they were at this time last year, with the notable exception of the HUBZone Program. As the table below shows, small business eligible dollars are down over $10 billion dollars compared to this time last fiscal year. Small business dollars are down about $2 billion, but the small business percentage of eligible dollars, percent, is up by a full percentage point. Considering that in the last two months of FY12, the Army small business percentage increased by almost five percentage points, we are optimistic that Army will attain the additional three percentage points needed to meet this year s goal of percent. In the other socioeconomic programs, Army is significantly ahead of where it was this time last year in terms of percentages of eligible small business dollars with the exception of the HUBZone Program. This is likely due to the decertification of many HUBZone businesses when the SBA revised HUBZone districts at the end of FY2012. According to FPDS, Army awarded contracts to 1357 HUBZone-certified businesses in FY2012 compared to only 893 so far in FY2013. Despite the overall positive results we have seen this fiscal year, I am apprehensive about the long term effects of sequestration on the Army Small Business Program. GEN Odierno also stated in the February 12, 2013, hearing that, [The Army] will cancel third and fourth quarter depot maintenance which will result in the termination of an estimated 5,000 employees and a significant delay in equipment readiness for 6 divisions at an estimated $3.36 billion impact to the communities surrounding our depots. I believe this puts the Facility Related Services strategic service portfolio at high risk for decreased spending. Historically, this service portfolio devoted nearly half of its spending to small business (45.79% in 2012). It can be assumed that a decrease in this portfolio will lead to a disproportionate decrease in small business spend which in turn will decrease the total small business percentage. Another concern I have is that outreach, which has long been an important tool for us, has been particularly hard hit by sequestration. There is no substitute for meeting with small businesses face-toface at workshops and conferences, and the fact that our budgets for travel and conferences have been cut dramatically, will Ms. Tracey L. Pinson, Director undoubtedly affect small business utilization down the line. I encourage small business advocates to leverage other outreach tools, including websites, social media, and videoteleconferencing to mitigate the effects of conference budget cuts. FY2013 has the potential to be the best year yet for the Army Small Business Program in terms of percentages. I am very concerned, however, that the dollars are down significantly and about the future impact of sequestration. Notwithstanding, we need to carry a strong momentum of support into FY2014 since the full effects of sequestration are still to be seen. Ms. Tracey L. Pinson Director Army OSBP FY12 through July 1, 2012, FY12 Final, and FY13 through July 1, 2013, Army Small Business Performance Program Total Eligible Small Business Dollars Small Business Small Disadvantaged Women-owned HUBZone Veteran-Owned Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Source: FPDS-NG on FY12 Thru 07/01/2012 $50.97B $11.3B 22.17% $4.29B 8.41% $1.99B 3.91% $1.82B 3.58% $2.26B 4.43% $1.5B 2.95% FY12 Final $81.8B $22.11B 27.03% $8.97B 10.97% $3.75B 4.59% $3.32B 4.05% $4.6B 5.63% $3.22B 3.93% FY13 Thru 07/01/2012 $38.66B $8.99B 23.28% $3.89B 10.10% $1.7B 4.39% $1.09B 2.83% $1.97B 5.11% $1.42B 3.68% FY13 Final Goal: 26.50% Goal: 9.00% Goal: 4.25% Goal: 4.50% N/A Goal: 3.00% U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 2

4 Army Senior Leaders on the Move Major General Camille M. Nichols Deputy Commanding General for Support/Chief of Staff, Installation Management Command Before assuming Command of ECC, he was the Deputy Director, National Contracting Organization, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC Commanding General, has been selected for assignment as the Deputy Commanding General for Support/Chief of Staff, Installation Management Command, in San Antonio, Texas. Nichols became ACC s first Commanding General on May 17, She previously served as the Program Executive Officer, PEO Soldier, at Fort Belvoir, Va. Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) C. Harrison Commanding General U.S. Army Contracting Command Brig. Gen. Theodore (Ted) C. Harrison Commanding General, Expeditionary Contracting Command, has been selected to succeed Gen Nichols as the ACC Commanding General. Brig. Gen. Harrison has over 23 years of acquisition experience and has served in a variety of acquisition and staff assignments. Mr. Harry P. Hallock Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) (P) New DASA for Procurement Announced. On June 14, 2013, Mr. Harry P. Hallock, Executive Director of the Army Contracting Command (AAC)-Warren, Mich., was selected to be the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) (Procurement), effective July 15, Mr. Hallock leaves his position as the Executive Director of ACC-Warren, Mich., after six years of leading the organization. He has more than 20 years of acquisition, logistics and contracting experience, most of which has been in direct support of the war fighters. Major General Camille M. Nichols, Deputy Commanding General for Support/Chief of Staff, Installation Management Command. Brigadier General Theodore (Ted) C. Harrison, Commanding General, U.S. Army Contracting Command. 3 Newsletter August 2013

5 Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, ACC Commanding General stated I m very proud that Harry has been selected for this very important position. Harry is an innovative leader who cares deeply about his people and has done much to advance the Army acquisition career field. As one of the founding leaders of ACC, he has helped shape and establish our command as the Department of Defense preeminent provider of decisive edge contracting solutions and practices. Although I will miss Harry s wise counsel and leadership, we look forward to working with him in his new position to provide America s Army the tools it needs to fight and win. Mr. Gabe Camarillo Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics & Technology A member of the Senior Executive Service, Mr. Camarillo is the senior civilian Deputy to the Hon. Heidi Shyu, the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology). Mr. Camarillo s responsibilities will include advising the Assistant Secretary and Army leadership on all matters relating to Army acquisition, procurement, research & development and logistics. Mr. Camarillo will also assist the Assistant Secretary in overseeing the day-to-day operations of an organization with a 5,000 person acquisition workforce managing over 600 Army programs and contracting actions totaling more than $125 billion. Prior to the appointment as the Deputy Assistant Secretary, Mr. Camarillo served as the Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics & Technology) from In this capacity, he provided critical decisions impacting DoD organizations, conducted oversight on external communications, and coordinated Congressional outreach efforts regarding key acquisition matters. ARMY STRONG! Portia L. Deans Procurement Analyst Army OSBP Mr. Harry P. Hallock, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (DASA) (P), New DASA for Procurement Announced. Mr. Gabe Camarillo, Principal Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army Acquisition, Logistics & Technology. U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 4

6 Mission Installation Contracting Command Small Business Associate Director Garners Praise at Retirement Ceremony A standing room only crown filled the Mission and Installation Contracting Command (MICC) conference room on May 30, 2013, at the Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, TX, to celebrate the retirement of Ms. Sandra Spiess. Ms. Spiess, the MICC Office of Small Business Programs Associate Director, retired from federal service after a career of more than 33 years. Mr. George Cabaniss, the MICC Deputy to the Commander, hosted Ms. Spiess retirement ceremony and said she provided superior leadership to the MICC small business program. Ms. Spiess leaves behind an impressive period of small business successes for the MICC, which included overseeing the obligation of more than $5.5 billion to small businesses over the last two years. Mr. George Cabaniss, Deputy to the Commander, MICC, presents Ms. Sandra Spiess, Associate Director, MICC OSBP, a certificate of appreciation during her retirement ceremony May 30, 2013, at Joint Base San Antonio Fort Sam Houston, TX. Mr. Cabaniss underscored the difference Ms. Spiess made during her tenure. Thank you for your friendship, guidance, and especially for the difference you made in so many lives; both small business owners and soldiers, Mr. Cabaniss told Ms. Spiess. On behalf of the MICC commanding general and the men and women of the command, thank you for a job well done and an incredible career to the Army and our nation. Mr. Pete Hunter Assistant Director MICC OSBP Associate Director, MEDCOM Office of Small Business Programs Retires Mr. Dan E. Shackelford recently retired as Associate Director, Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) after 41 years of dedicated federal service. Prior to being appointed to MEDCOM, his career path included leadership positions with U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, Fort Detrick Maryland and Deputy to the Principal Assistant Responsible for Contracting, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dan s valued contributions to the U.S. Army and in particular, the U.S. Army Medical Command OSBP have been noteworthy. business program initiatives during the course of his appointment reflect great credit on him, the Medical Command and U.S. Army. We thank Dan very much for his exceptional service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Mr. Jerome K. Maultsby Associate Director Office of Small Business Programs U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, Fort Detrick Mr. Dan Shackelford. His leadership and due diligence in support of several U.S. Army small 5 Newsletter August 2013

7 Senator Ben Cardin Speaks to Small Businesses On June 20, 2013, Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP, participated in a small business forum hosted by the Johns Hopkins University, Education Entrepreneurship Community. The featured speaker was Senator Ben Cardin, D-MD. Senator Cardin serves on the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship committees and spoke candidly about issues facing the small business community particularly during sequestration. He spoke about his attempts to seek a favorable resolution on budgetary issues confronting the Congress and indicated his strong efforts to protect the interests of the small business community. The small businesses in attendance communicated specific instances where sequestration has detrimentally affected their companies and identified certain federal policies and procedures that present barriers to federal market entry. Senator Cardin committed to look into the issues raised. Senator Cardin was elected to the Senate in 2006 and was re-elected in Ms. Tracey L. Pinson Director Army OSBP Senator Ben Cardin, D-MD. Ms. Shyu Stresses Importance of Small Business Program during ACC Visit Ms. Heidi Shyu, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology visited the Army Contracting Command (ACC) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) staff during her visit to ACC and the Expeditionary Contracting Command headquarters at Redstone Arsenal, AL on April 4, While answering a few questions from ACC public affairs office, Ms. Shyu was asked, If there is anything, what would keep you up at night when thinking about Army contracting? She replied, Besides sequestration? The scope of the mission; it is tremendous. Now, I don t just mean the number of contracts that are awarded, that is big, but what is even more impressive is the way it is accomplished. The rules and regulations adjust continuously and there are important goals that must be met, like those with small businesses and important programs to support such as AbilityOne. In light of all Pictured from left to right: Ms. Darlene Brakefield, Mr. Christopher Evans, Ms. Alice Williams, Ms. Heidi Shyu, Ms. Constance Jones and Ms. Dawn Robinson. the requirements, the men and women in Army contracting accomplish the mission. It is impressive. There is something else, deployed Soldiers and civilians in harm s way. I think about them often. Ms. Constance A. Jones Procurement Analyst, HUBZone Program Manager, Office of Small Business Programs HQ, US ACC U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 6

8 USACE SDVOSB Program Manager Retires with Over 43 Years of Public Service Mr. Jack Beecher was recognized at a special award ceremony at HQ U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on April 26, The ceremony was hosted by MG Todd Semonite, Deputy Commander of the Corps. Special guests included Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP, MG (retired) Merdith Temple, and other Senior Executives and General Officers. Mr. Beecher retired on May 1, 2013, from the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) with forty-three years of civilian service. He joined the Norfolk District after returning from an active duty tour in Vietnam ( ). His service includes over twenty years as a USACE Contracting Officer and fifteen years as the Chief, Office of Small Business Programs. In 2008, Mr. Beecher was appointed to serve as the HQ USACE Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) Program Manager. As the program manager, he has tracked and reported the agency s achievement of SDVOSB awards; counseled many SDVOSBs; conducted outreach to thousands of SDVOSBs; and often served as a guest speaker for other federal and non-federal conferences focused on SDVOSB programs. His passion led to his selection as the Army Small Business Specialist of the Year in Fiscal Year 2009, and the Small Business Administration Virginia Veteran Small Business Champion in He was given the prestigious Bronze De Fluery Medal award from the Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Under Mr. Beecher s leadership and guidance, USACE achieved record-breaking success in contract awards to SDVOSBs over the past three years. Mr. Beecher states Leadership makes a great difference I had the drive and the passion to see the SDVOSB Program improve and I did some things at my level to help to make it happen. However, I don t believe we would be in the same position we are in today without the support of leaders. I ve served with great support of Commanders and Deputy Commanders at the HeadQuarters level and District level. The support of the different HQs Associate Director of Small Business was significant. During my tenure, we implemented the SDVOSB award titled after COL Richard Gridley, America s first Chief of Engineers. The award recognizes Division Commanders with significant achievements in service disabled veteran awards. In addition, this past year we began recognizing the District Commanders and Center Directors with significant achievements as well. We ve motivated our leaders and they ve become quite competitive to win the awards. Mr. Beecher has been married to his wife, Karen, for 43 years. They reside in Chesapeake, VA. They have three adult children, one grandson and one granddaughter. Mr. Beecher enjoys the outdoors, gardening, and is an avid Redskins fan! On behalf of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Army, and the Department of Defense, we express our gratitude to this passionate, dedicated veteran, Mr. Jack Beecher, whose diligent efforts have left a legacy in Army SDVOSB programs. Ms. Sharon Morrow, Small Business Associate Director, USACE, and Ms. Germaine Savoy, Small Business Specialist, USACE Mr. Jack Beecher, Program Manager, USACE Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Program (second from Left), with his family at his retirement ceremony. 7 Newsletter August 2013

9 Small Business Associate Directors Visit Woman- Owned, 8(a) Small Business While onsite at the Huntsville Engineering and Support Center, Ms. Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Small Business Associate Director, Headquarters Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), met with Ms. Alice Williams, Small Business Associate Director, Army Contracting Command, to visit Project XYZ, Inc. The firm owned by Ms. Kim Lewis and Mr. Larry Lewis is an economically-disadvantaged woman-owned, 8(a) certified small business. The company provides project management, information technology, modeling and simulation, engineering, logistics, and foreign military sales support services to a wide variety of clients, both commercial and government. The company has several active prime contracts with the Army at Redstone Arsenal, Ft. Gordon, and Ft. Jackson. During the meeting, Ms. Lewis discussed the challenges and excitement of doing business with the Army and offered solutions for improving Army small business initiatives in relation to energy procurements. She also discussed the status of a special project the company recently completed that could be of benefit to USACE. Project XYZ self-financed a 30KW solar farm near Redstone Arsenal to use as a test bed for various solar technologies. They also plan to use the solar array as a test environment to use Information Assurance/Information Security tools and techniques to evaluate the various hardware components for security vulnerabilities. The company hopes this research will assist the Army in information security planning for the alternative energy systems being developed on various Army installations. Mr. Joseph Osborn Contract Specialist USACE Mr. Larry Lewis, co-owner, PROJECTXYZ, Inc; Ms. Jackie Robinson-Burnette, Small Business Associate Director, USACE; Ms. Kim Lewis, co-owner, PROJECTXYZ, Inc; Ms. Alice Williams, Small Business Associate Director, ACC. U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 8

10 The Army Sustainment Command (ASC) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) participated in the 2013 Midwest Government Contracting & Small Business Symposium, May 22-23, 2013, at the iwireless Center, Moline, IL. This year s event was combined with the ASC Advanced Planning Briefing for Industry (APBI). The event was attended by 557 representatives from industry and government agencies. This year we tracked the number of small businesses by category, which will allow the ASC OSBP to see which small businesses are attending and assist in developing an outreach strategy to attract underrepresented businesses to future symposiums. One hundred and six vendors had display booths. The following table shows a breakout of the small businesses by category and the number of attendees from each category. Category HUBZone ASC Participates in Midwest Government Contracting & Small Business Symposium Woman-Owned Small Business Small Business 8(a) Veteran-Owned Small Business Small Disadvantaged Business Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Number of Companies Following the opening ceremony, BG John Wharton, Commanding General, Army Sustainment Command, provided an overview of ASC, Army Materiel Command (ASC s higher headquarters) and discussed Sustaining the Decisive Edge for The Army and Joint Force BG Wharton spoke about the impact the Army has had on small businesses. Last year, AMC awarded 158,000 actions to small businesses totaling about $10 billion. Although Army is dealing with shrinking dollars for procurements, there has been an increase in the percentage of contract dollars awarded to small businesses. The morning session started out with several breakout sessions. The Iowa and Illinois Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) offered a training session on Government Contracting Resources for Your Business/ Considerations for Government Contracting. This session concentrated on contractors knowing their competitors, targeting the most important areas of their businesses, understanding what customers are requiring in the solicitations, and watching trends in the marketplace. In addition, the PTACs guided contractors to industry events through FedBizOpps, an invaluable tool for locating networking events. Finally, the PTACs emphasized available resources for businesses including the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers. A second special session included Mr. John Wetzel, Counselor from SCORE, a resource partner to SBA in the Quad Cities. He Number of Attendees presented the Six Challenges of Meeting Your Growth: Are You Ready? These six challenges are: 1. Business may outgrow its staff look at the next step in the process of conducting business. Sometimes initial staff, while good technically, may lack strategic skills. 2. Business may wait too long to hire look for employees days before the employees are actually required. 3. Business may lack the right systems find the right systems so your business will not outgrow itself in 6-9 months. 4. Business may run out of money check cash flow, growth, liquidity, and sales performance. 5. Business may not be able to keep up with the demand. This is the most serious issue for fast growing companies. 6. The problem is you grow with your company. Establish an advisory board and a company vision. The next speaker was Mr. Chris Lowman, Director of Maintenance Policy, Programs, and Processes, Department of the Army, G-4 Logistics. Mr. Lowman oversees the policy and performance for over five Army depots. His function is to look at prioritizing what equipment needs to be repaired, what to store, and to reduce the standards of repair and maintenance. He talked about four principles: 1. Modernize how do we modernize the manufacturing base and keep pace with technology? 2. Capacity how much Government-owned equipment do we need? 3. Capital investment where is the Army investing? 4. Resource alignment how to prioritize dollars. Mr. Lowman further stated the government needs to evaluate public-private partnerships in order to sustain and maintain capabilities in the private sector, as well as government. Government provides the item design, technology, production, facilities, skill and workforce, with industry providing the material and labor cost. Also on the agenda for day one was Mr. Michael Hutchison, Deputy to the Commanding General, Army Contracting Command, who discussed Army Contracting Command Looking Forward: Providing Premier Contracting Support to America s Warfighters. Mr. Hutchison stated ACC spent $74.2 billion on contracts in FY12. Due to additional responsibilities such as the transfer of work from the National Capital Region Contracting Command, the contracting workforce has been unable to keep up with the workload. As of May 13, 2013, ACC was approximately 25 percent below last year s obligations for this same period, but Mr. Hutchison emphasized the need to meet the small business goals. Day one concluded with a networking reception. Thursday sessions started with Mr. Jon DeVore, Attorney, Birch, Horton, Bittner and Cherot, P.C., with Current Trends in Joint Ventures. Mr. DeVore discussed recent changes to joint ventures, in particular with the National Defense Authorization 9 Newsletter August 2013

11 Act (NDAA) of One of the changes required Senior Executive Services in DOD to receive training on meeting small business goals. In addition, the NDAA also required the Small Business Administration to develop Mentor-Protégé Programs to include HUBZones, WOSBs, and SDVOSBs, in which proposed new regulations are anticipated approximately September BG Kevin O Connell, Commander, Joint Munitions Command (JMC) spoke about JMC s mission. GEN O Connell stated JMC is doing very well in achieving its goals and is green in two of the five categories. JMC expects to meet its goals in the other categories by year end. Although there is fiscal uncertainty in the budget, JMC continues to look at ways to support small business activities. Mr. Rick Nesbitt, Deputy Commander for the Rock Island Arsenal Joint Manufacturing & Technology Center (JMTC), presented a session on the importance of public-private partnerships. He mentioned long-term production is a thing of the past and that businesses, as well as JMTC, need to consider alternative ideas to stay productive. The next topic was the ASC Advance Planning Briefing to Industry. The main focus was on Enhanced Army Global Logistics Enterprise (EAGLE) and Directorates of Logistics (DOL) updates with the following speakers: Mr. D. Scott Welker, ASC Deputy to the Commander; COL Dan Reilly, Director, Installation Logistics; Mr. Michael Hutchison; and Ms. Melanie Johnson, Director for Field Support Contracting. Updates were provided for the EAGLE Program. The EAGLE Program contains the largest 2-star command within the Department of Army, with the transition of 73 DOLs starting January 2013 under ASC. The team discussed its review of food service costs and migrating some of the work with the emphasis on getting soldiers back to doing core mission and readying them for the next fight. There are currently 112 BOA holders; 64 small businesses, 22-8(a) businesses, and the rest large businesses. Vendors were given the website to locate updates to the EAGLE Program. In the afternoon, Mr. Matthew Sannito, Deputy to the Executive Director, Logistics Civil Augmentation Program (LOGCAP), provided an update on the ever-evolving program, Many small businesses assume LOGCAP does not have opportunities for them. In fact, in total dollars provided last year, more went to small businesses than the larger contracts. The catch is we don t solicit small business contracts directly, Mr. Sannito said. Small businesses must work directly with one of the big three companies we have LOGCAP contracts with, and we are glad to facilitate that. There are a lot of opportunities for small businesses to do business with us. The Senior Executive Service Panel, comprised of ASC senior leadership and moderated by Ms. Kathryn Szymanski, ASC Chief Counsel, spoke about the changing federal procurement environment and SES rotations. On the panel were: Mr. Scott Welker, ASC Deputy to the Commander; Mr. Carl Cartwright, Executive Director for Field Support; Mr. Michael Hutchison, PARC ACC-RI; and Mr. Matthew Sannito. The end of the day concluded with a matchmaking session. Sixty small businesses, 13 prime contractors and two government agencies participated. The two government agencies were the ASC/JMC Office of Small Business Programs and the Army Corp of Engineers. There were 120 individual matchmaking appointments. Ms. Sylvia Just Small Business Specialist Army Sustainment Command ASC Office of Small Business Programs staff: Front row from left to right: Ms. Sylvia Just, Ms. Dianne Wheeler, Ms. Nancy Schnoor, Ms. Marianne Stablein. Back Row from left to right: Mr. Paul Ward, Mr. Bob Matthys, Mr. Will Moscoso, Ms. Valerie McDonald. U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 10

12 Intern Reflects on Experience at HQ USACE Office of Small Business Programs I had the opportunity to rotate through the Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP), Headquarters US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) in Washington, DC. This invaluable experience gave me the opportunity to gain relevant career skills, expand my knowledge on the procurement process as it relates to FAR part 19 and DFARS 219, and complete critical thinking assignments on how to maximize small business opportunities in the support of the Warfighter and disaster recovery. Before the rotation, I barely knew what OSBP was about or what they did. Through my experience I have learned about the different structures and how OSBP operates. The USACE Small Business Program is an integrated network of Small Business Advisors providing support to 57 USACE sites across the country. There are over 60 Small Business Advisors serving with USACE. I learned that the Small Business Advisors are an integral part of the procurement process and work collectively with over 1,200 contracting professionals as they plan and execute contracts. I was fortunate to have two mentors at OSBP who regularly took time out of their busy schedule and helped me with assigned projects. I frequently had the chance to walk in their offices and shadow them to understand the small business world from their perspective. The USACE leaders involved me in meetings with the USACE Senior Executive Director of Contracting and other senior executives and general officers. I gained a broader understanding of the small business roles and responsibilities and how they differ at the USACE Headquarters, Divisions, Districts and Centers. senior executives. I learned about the role of the USACE Chief of Small Business in preparing HQ USACE senior executives to speak before congress on USACE small business matters. The House Small Business Committee invited USACE to discuss issues with surety bonding, twostep design build contracts, use of reverse auctioning, and subcontracting credit at multiple tiers. Congress seems to be very focused on small business issues, and there were several congressional inquiries during my rotation. One of my major projects was to redesign the Headquarters USACE Small Business Programs website to improve strategic engagement and communication with small businesses. Previously, the website was not properly maintained and did not provide enough information to small businesses seeking to do business with USACE. After brainstorming and dedication, I was able to jumpstart a website where OSBP could inform small businesses of new contracting opportunities as well as direct them to helpful links. Instead of recreating the wheel, I used the Army Contracting Command Small Business Programs website to get ideas. I am excited to help initiate this project that will save time and make the Small Business Program communications more efficient. The biggest lesson I learned was the importance of completing assignments in a timely manner and being prepared for briefings. For example, if I did not complete an assignment on time, someone else s work could be delayed or someone s time could be wasted. Secondly, I learned the true meaning of working as a team. It is a proven fact that teamwork is essential to everyday work life. Lastly, my greatest experience was going to the Rayburn Building on Capitol Hill to attend the House Small Business Committee Hearing on May 23, My advice to anyone who plans on rotating through the HQ USACE OSBP in the future is to stay on top of your work, network, and be open to learning something new every day. The pace is faster at HQ and this challenging rotation allowed me to come away with improved writing and communication skills and a greater sense of confidence in my ability to contribute in a professional environment at a HQ level. It has been incredible to work with people who are so passionate and intelligent. I felt lucky to be selected for this rotational assignment as I can learn about different small business aspects and their working environment and best practices. I am extremely grateful for the time I have spent with HQ USACE OSBP, and I cannot imagine what the rest of my contracting profession has in store. Mr. Curtis Wilson USACE Contract Specialist Intern Within the first five days, I went to the Pentagon (for the first time in my life) and participated in an acquisition strategy briefing on the Operation and Maintenance Engineering (OMEE) Program procurement with Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army Office of Small Business Programs. I was introduced to several other senior executives. Back home at the Huntsville Engineering Center, the highest ranking civilian is a GS-15. I felt privileged to participate in meetings with and be recognized by the senior executives. During one of the meetings, Mr. James Dalton, Senior Executive, Director, Chief of Engineering and Construction, HQ USACE, asked for my opinion during his preparation for a congressional testimony. As a GS-11, I was actually giving advice and participating in intellectual conversations at the highest levels in the Corps with Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP, and Mr. Curtis Wilson, USACE Contract Specialist Intern. 11 Newsletter August 2013

13 2013 TACOM LCMC OSBP Small Business Fair On June 11, 2013, over 300 small businesses, representatives from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Procurement Technical Assistance Offices (PTACs), Army Contracting Command-Warren (ACC-Warren), Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA), Tank Automotive Research Development & Engineering Center (TARDEC), Defense Logistic Agency (DLA), Competition Management Office (CMO), PEO Ground Combat Support, Automation Alley, and 18 Prime Contractors participated in the Tankautomotive and Armaments Command Life Cycle Management Command (TACOM LCMC) Small Business Fair hosted by the Office of Small Business Programs. The morning began with MG Terry addressing the attendees with gratitude to the small businesses that continue to support the Army and provide a foundation allowing the daily success of our Soldiers. He stressed the importance of outreach and engagement to our Small Business Programs and noted that the Fair was a great opportunity to attend informational breakout sessions and network with prime contractors, government agencies and other small businesses. The morning speakers concluded with Ms. Terri Vaillancourt, Chief of Service Contracting Group, ACC-Warren, who warmed up the audience for the informational session held on the TACOM Strategic Services Solutions (TS3) following the Small Business Fair. TACOM LCMC OSBP Staff. Back Row: Ms. Karen Maluchnik, Mr. Ron Fiorani, Ms. Colleen Hirsch, Ms. Linda Ballard, Front Row: Ms. Nancy Lang, Ms. Marie Gapinski and Ms. Silvia Owens. The fair attracted small businesses of all types and sizes and from across the U.S. Breakout sessions included topics such as: Overviews of SBA programs; Small Business Innovation Research; Cooperative Research and Development Agreements; Accounting System Requirements; an overview of potential DLA opportunities; the basics on how to get registered and find new opportunities for those who were new to government contracting; and Future Buys, Source Approval Program & Replenishment Parts Purchase Program. The day concluded with our Small Business Fair entitled TS3 Informational Day. Ms. Marie Gapinski Associate Director U.S. Army TACOM LCMC Attendees at the TACOM LCMC Small Business Fair. U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 12

14 ACC OSBP Helps Small Business with Contracting Opportunities With more than 100 years of collective contracting and acquisition experience, the Army Contracting Command (ACC) Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) staff spends its days matching small businesses with contracting opportunities around the world. According to Ms. Alice Williams, Small Business Associate Director, ACC, the OSBP was very busy in fiscal year 2012 monitoring contract awards and advising small business specialists in the field. Across the Army Materiel Command more than $51 billion in eligible contracts were awarded, and out of that, more than $19 billion was awarded to small businesses. We re a small office, but we re dedicated and give 110 percent, said Ms. Williams, who oversees more than 60 small business advisors across the command s more than 100 locations worldwide. Mr. Christopher Evans, ACC OSBP Deputy Associate Director, says the purpose of their office is to assist small businesses in finding and attaining procurement opportunities with the Army. Small businesses are essential to the success of our nation. They strengthen our economy and keep our nation strong, agile and resourceful, said Mr. Evans. Small businesses bring special capabilities with a solid sense of commitment and innovation. To that end, Army small business offices do their best to ensure that a fair portion of contract awards are placed in the hands of small businesses. The OSBP staff estimates it trained more than 75 Huntsville, AL, small businesses through four workshops and attended or facilitated more than 125 small business outreach events and workshops. According to Evans, businesses seek their guidance on a range of issues from getting started to writing a business plan and developing marketing tactics. He said the staff also trains members of the acquisition workforce on various issues affecting small businesses throughout the year. that can only be accomplished with a hardworking and experienced staff. According to Ms. Dawn Robinson, Service- Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business Program Manager, several of the 2013 small business initiatives were created in direct response to s and phone calls identifying specific needs. In fiscal year 2012, AMC awarded more than $1 billion in contracts to SDVOSBs. Managed by Ms. Darlene Brakefield, the intent of the Women Owned Small Business program is to provide contracting officers with a tool to meet the WOSB goal, level the playing field for WOSBs to compete for and win federal contracts, and ultimately, help create and retain more jobs for WOSB. I serve as an advocate and program manager for WOSB concerns, explained Ms. Brakefield. I monitor ACC s progress in meeting its assigned WOSB goals and work closely with our small business specialists in the field to identify opportunities for WOSB. In fiscal year 2012 AMC awarded $1.8 billion in contracts to WOSB. The ACC Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program is managed by Ms. Constance Jones-Hambrick. The purpose of the program is to provide federal contracting assistance for qualified small business concerns located in historically underutilized business zones in an effort to increase employment opportunities, investment and economic development in those areas, said Ms. Jones-Hambrick. We help small businesses find opportunities by making sure that they know about resources that are available to them. We make sure that they have all available information and know how to contact the appropriate government personnel. According to Ms. Jones-Hambrick, more than $735 million of eligible contracts awarded across AMC went to HUBZone businesses. Providing a conduit for small businesses to target contracting opportunities, the ACC OSBP is available to assist both contracting professionals and small business owners. To contact the office or for more information, visit Ms. Beth Clemons Web & Social Media Manager Army Contracting Command The advice and recommendations we offer are available to anyone wanting to do business with ACC. We re here as a resource to small businesses to help them obtain government contracts. It s our job to make sure we get as many small businesses involved in the procurement process as we can, said Mr. Evans. And Army Contracting Command OSBP staff, pictured left to right: Mr. Christopher Evans, Ms. Darlene Brakefield, Ms. Alice Williams and Ms. Constance Jones-Hambrick. Not pictured: Ms. Dawn Robinson 13 Newsletter August 2013

15 OSBP Attends Government Procurement Conference Army small business personnel attended the 23rd Annual Government Procurement Conference on April 25, 2013, at the Walter E. Washington convention center in Washington, D.C. The conference brought together representatives from government and small businesses and gave them an opportunity to network, learn about the procurement process, and discover new business opportunities. Individuals from all over the country came to the small business event with a sense of excitement. Many companies shared information about their products and services. During the conference, attendees participated in procurement matchmaking, visited exhibitor showcases and attended conference sessions. Small business personnel from HQDA Office of Small Business Programs, Army Corps of Engineers, National Guard Bureau, and Army Contracting Command National Capital Region were standing strong with representatives ready and willing to provide assistance. All conference events were well attended in spite of budgetary and spending constraints. Mr. Cameron Miles, Support Contractor, Army OSBP, speaks with an attendee during the Government Procurement Conference. Ms. Tracey Pinson, Director, Army OSBP, participated in the morning panel discussion and also fielded questions at the Army OSBP booth. The conference was a huge success; we look forward to the 24th Annual conference with anticipation. Mr. Cameron Miles Support Contractor Army OSBP Mentor Protégé and Women-Owned Program Managers Attend Small Business Networking Event The Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) Belvoir Chapter held a Small Business Networking Event on June 5, 2013, at the Ft. Belvoir Officers Club. Ms. Peggy Butler-Mason, Deputy Director, Army OSBP, and Ms. Stacy Watson, WOSB Program Manager, Army OSBP provided an overview/update of the Mentor Protégé Program and the WOSB Program. There were about 75 members (large and small businesses) in attendance. Events such as this support the Army mission to enhance competition and improve efficiencies by giving attendees the opportunity to broaden their knowledge base. AFCEA is a non-profit organization and serves as a bridge between government and industry by providing a forum for the ethical exchange of information. It is dedicated to increasing knowledge through the exploration of issues relevant to its members in the information technology, communications, electronics, homeland security and intelligence communities. Ms. Stacy Watson Program Manager Women-Owned Small Business Program U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 14

16 Army Mentor-Protégé Program Update In this edition of the Army OSBP Newsletter, we would like to showcase two of our protégés and share their recent successes with you. This office is dedicated to celebrating our mentorprotégé (MP) teams by sharing their challenges, achievements and accomplishments with our readers. From time to time, we like to feature success stories and follow-up stories sharing the triumphs and accolades our teams receive. In previous editions, we shared some of the successes our protégé TANTARA Corp. (mentor - Jacobs Engineering Group) has received for their outstanding work in the construction and remediation arena. TANTARA Corp. is a small disadvantaged, woman-owned, 8(a) and HUBZone-certified firm that provides environmental remediation and heavy civil construction services. This year TANTARA is proud to announce they are the recipient of the Small Business of the Year SBA Region 1 award. TANTARA was nominated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District. TANTARA won this award for their outstanding service, professionalism and hard work ethic and will compete for the national award against other regional winners. Some additional wins for TANTARA include: Inner City list of the top 100 fastest growing firms in inner cities across the nation - TANTARA placed #42 Boston Business Journal Pacesetter selects the top 70 regional businesses for fastest growth - TANTARA placed #15 Also of noteworthy mention is the graduation of another successful Army protégé from our program HCI Integrated Solutions (HCI). HCI, protégé to CGI Federal (CGI), received business and management infrastructure training and received their Level 2 CMMI Certification. HCI provides professional services, supporting various federal agencies, in the areas of Total Life Cycle Logistics Systems, Operations and Maintenance, Information Technology, and Training/Instructional Services. Throughout the life of their mentor-protégé agreement HCI, an ISO 9001:2008 certified service-disabled veteran-owned small business, has been the recipient of several distinguished awards, such as: Top 500 Asian-Owned Businesses in America 2008 Top 100 Diversity-Owned Businesses in Virginia 2008 Washington Technology Fast 50 in 2009, recognized as the 31st fastest growing small business Washington Technology Fast 50 in 2009, recognized as the 15th fastest growing small business Washington Technology Fast 50 in 2010, recognized as the 3rd fastest growing small business Virginia Chamber of Commerce Fantastic 50 in 2011 HCI s CEO attributes their current contracts backlog of $63M significantly to the MP Program and the mentoring received from CGI. For a more in-depth look at their accomplishments and to read TANTARA s latest press release, please visit our website and click on the link for Success Stories under the Mentor-Protégé Program link. Also, there are three new mentor-protégé contracts pending award by the ACC-Redstone contracting shop. These three mentors are true champions in supporting our warfighter on the battlefield and at home. All three mentors are new participants to the MP Program and we look forward to the establishment of long-term relationships and the success that each may bring. Proudly, two of them are graduated 8(a) firms. Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) (as mentor) and MicroHealth, LLC (MH) (as protégé PSI is a ISO/IEC 2000 and Level 3 CMMI certified graduated 8(a) firm that focuses on improving the healthcare provided to the men and women (and their families) that serve our nation. PSI core competencies include but are not limited to, healthcare IT solutions, software development utilizing Agile methodologies, distance learning, business intelligence, Big Data Analytics, information assurance, green enterprise solutions, and mobile communication management. The focus of their MP agreement will be on expanding MHs current capabilities via technology transfer in the areas of healthcare IT Big Data Analytics, Information Assurance, and cyber security. SoBran, Inc. (as mentor) and Applied Quality Communications, Inc. (AQC) (as protégé) SoBran, also a graduated 8(a) firm, is a nationally recognized engineering, logistics, and bio-medical services firm. The focus of this agreement also directly benefits the warfighter through proposed training in the areas of chemical and biological threat detection/prevention, training, quality control and medical research support. The protégé will gain experience and training in the testing and deployment of chemical and biological protective equipment, the fielding, validation and training of warfighters on new systems, and the support of medical research programs. Skyline Unlimited Inc. (Skyline) (as mentor) and Pro-Sphere Tek, Inc. (Pro-Sphere) (as protégé) Skyline is an ISO certified company with strong capabilities in program management, professional and engineering services, administrative and staff augmentation, information technology, and logistics. Skyline employs a high volume of veterans and military spouses and has a deep passion for supporting our service members. Staff is on call 24 hours / 7 days a week providing support to service men and women with regards to mobilization, demobilization, and transition assistance. The focus of this mentor-protégé agreement will be in program management and information technology to include design, test, and implementation of systems engineering and security components, COOP and Disaster Recovery Procedures, information assurance procedures, and cyber defense mechanisms. We would like to officially welcome all our new protégé teams to the Army Program! Finally, we are looking to award several additional contracts by September 30, 2013, to participants such as Lockheed Martin, L3 Communications, and ASM Research, Inc. (to name a few). In our next issue there will be more information on our new protégés and an update on the Mentor-Protégé Conference scheduled for September 2013 in Long Beach, CA. Ms. Marina Sullivan Support Contractor Mentor-Protégé Program 15 Newsletter August 2013

17 Army OSBP Co-hosts Wounded Warrior Visit Headquarters Department of the Army regularly sponsors a visit to the Pentagon by service members wounded as a result of action in the War on Terrorism. The Office of Small Business Programs co-hosted the July 12, 2013, Wounded Warrior Visit (WWV) along with the Deputy Chief of Staff, G2 and the Army Audit Agency. The WWV was an all-day event which included a morning welcome with an audience of Civilians and Service Members of the Pentagon and a Luncheon Meet and Greet with an audience of General Officers, Senior Executive Service Officials and other VIPs from the Armed Forces. The Wounded Warriors were also greeted by the Secretary of Defense, the Honorable Chuck Hagel. In appreciation for their service, the wounded warriors were also presented with a gift bag filled with mementos commemorating the visit. The event by all accounts was a success. Mr. James Lloyd Program Manager Army Service-Disabled / Veteran-Owned and HUBZone Programs Army OSBP Participates in the Northern Virginia B2G Matching Conference Army OSBP personnel participated in the first annual Northern Virginia Business-to-Government (B2G) Conference & Expo hosted by the Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce on the June 6, This event provided small businesses with one-on-one meetings with major federal agencies and prime contractors. Mr. Antonio Doss, Washington Area District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration was the keynote speaker. The Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce is a catalyst for business growth and entrepreneurship by providing quality programs, education, connections and advocacy for its members and organizations in the Dulles Corridor. Ms. Stacy Watson Program Manager Women-Owned Small Business Program Army OSBP Our Mission Advise the Secretary of the Army and the Army leadership on small business related matters Spearhead innovative initiatives that contribute to expanding the small business industrial base relevant to the Army mission priorities Leverage the use of minority serving educational institutions in support of Army science and technology programs Our Vision To be the premier advocacy organization committed to maximizing small business opportunities in support of the Warfighter and the institutional transformation of the Army. Mr. Antonio Doss, Washington Area District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration. U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 16

18 HBCU Digest Names Dr. William Harvey as One of the Top Five HBCU Presidents of All Time Dr. William R. Harvey, President, Hampton University, Hampton, VA, was recently named as one of the Top 5 HBCU Presidents of all time. Dr. Harvey is a household name in the educational community, and is particularly known in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) community as a mover and a shaker. HBCU Digest stated that this honor was bestowed upon him for, an ability to cultivate resources, to be a force against political and cultural opposition, to establish tradition and legacy among students and graduates, and to build the brand of an institution. The criteria for the State of HBCUs list, published on May 15, 2013, is: demonstrated the ability to fundraise, those who proved to be academic innovators, those who resisted and pushed back against political opposition, and those who fostered an atmosphere conducive to community building, social, political, and economic advancement. Dr. Harvey has been at the helm of Hampton University for over 35 years and, as an award recipient, was cited for his legacy as an entrepreneurial president who transformed Hampton into a research powerhouse. Since being named President, Dr. William R. Harvey has introduced innovations, which have solidified Hampton University s stellar position among the nation s colleges and universities. His innovative leadership is reflected in the growth and quality of the University s student population, academic programs, physical facilities, and financial base. During Dr. Harvey s tenure as President, the student enrollment at Hampton University has increased from approximately 2,700 students to over 6,300. Moreover, the average SAT score of entering freshmen has increased approximately 300 points! His commitment to expansion and innovation in academic programs has resulted in 76 new academic programs being implemented under his watch. Some of these new thrusts include undergraduate programs in Computer Science, Marine Science, Entrepreneurship, Chemical, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Airway Science and Emergency Medical Assistance Management; graduate programs in Business Administration (MBA), Applied Mathematics; and doctoral degrees in Physics, Pharmacy, Atmospheric and Planetary Science, Nursing and Physical Therapy. Dr. Harvey promotes a learning environment that encourages faculty research rivaling that of major research universities across the nation. Hampton University is in the process of building the first proton therapy cancer treatment center in the Commonwealth of Virginia an unparalleled hub for cancer treatment, research, and technology. Weather satellites have been launched to study noctilucent clouds to determine why they form and how they may be related to global climate change. From Alzheimer s research and alternative fuels to nanodevices combining diagnostic and therapeutic functions for early diagnosis and treatment of arthritis, under the competent leadership of President Harvey, Hampton University is poised to become a leader in research and technology not only in the Hampton Roads area and Virginia, but nationwide. These new programs, together with existing ones, have placed and kept Hampton on the cutting edge of higher education. An astute businessman, Dr. Harvey applied his business acumen to the needs of Hampton University when he initiated a University-owned commercial development consisting of a shopping center and 246 twobedroom apartments. All after-tax profits from the Hampton Harbor Project are primarily utilized for student scholarships. Additionally, the Project creates jobs, provides services, increases the number of African- American entrepreneurs, and expands the tax base in the City of Hampton. The proton cancer treatment center will be an improved health care facility that will not only ease human suffering and save lives, but will also be an economic driver for the university, the region and the state. It will provide new highly skilled jobs for the Hampton Roads area and increase the local lodging, entertainment, and tourism consumer base. Dr. Harvey s financial leadership is indicated in the financial growth and stability Hampton has achieved during his thirty years as President. The University has balanced its budget and achieved a surplus during each of those years. The endowment, which stood at $29 million when he became President, now exceeds $250 million. The University s first capital fundraising campaign in 1979 had a goal of $30,000,000. That campaign raised $46.4 million. The most recent campaign had a goal of $200 million and raised $264 million. For Dr. Harvey, enhancing the University s physical facilities has been an integral part of his determination to create a physical environment conducive to learning and living. Therefore, during his presidency, the University has erected 18 new buildings and has spent some $50,000,000 on the renovation of existing facilities. In sum, Dr. Harvey has transformed Hampton University from a small black college to a world-class leader in the field of higher education. Today, the University boasts a number of distinctions that set it apart from other mid-sized institutions in the nation. Students are afforded the unique opportunities to engage in an equestrian program and/or to join the sailing team. Faculty are poised at the leading edge of discovery with patents on such items as a breast cancer detection device and prosthesis for artificial limbs. Recently, Hampton University was one of only four institutions in the nation to compete for and win the distinction of serving as a National Physics Frontier Center. In 2003, the University secured a $92 million dollar grant to launch weather satellites into orbit making it the first HBCU to be solely responsible for a major NASA mission. Also, in 2003, a $12 million contract was won by the University to provide 4.5 million 17 Newsletter August 2013

19 textbooks and supplemental materials to African countries. Hampton University is a world-class institution because of the vision of its chief executive officer. Along with his duties as President, he is also an icon on the corporate, community, and national stage. Dr. Harvey serves on, or has served on the boards of: Fannie Mae; Trigon Blue Cross Blue Shield; Signet Bank; Newport News Shipbuilding; Wachovia Bank (Mid-Atlantic Region); Newport News Savings Bank; Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Houghton, Michigan; National Merit Scholarship Corporation; and the Harvard Cooperative Society. He is a member of Virginia Association of Higher Education, Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia, and the Omega Psi Phi and Sigma Pi Phi fraternities. Dr. Harvey is the visionary and leader behind numerous community and educational initiatives. In 1994, he chaired the Virginia Peninsula United Way Campaign. He was the first African- American to head the organization s annual drive and raised a record setting $6.6 million. Dr. Harvey chaired the annual fundraising dinner for the National Conference of Christians and Jews and was the first guest host at the Celebrity Luncheon for the Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Red Cross. A Star Scout as a young boy, he endowed an outstanding leadership award and leadership forum for the Colonial Virginia Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Dr. Harvey continued to share his treasure with the Peninsula community when he and Mrs. Harvey endowed a $1,000,000 scholarship in honor of his father for students from Hampton and Newport News who aspire to be teachers. He also implemented programs to help stop juvenile delinquency, truancy and illiteracy. In 1992, Dr. Harvey initiated the Job Education Training (JET) Corps, a program modeled after the 1930 s Civilian Conservation Corps. Students from the school districts of Hampton, Newport News, James City County and Williamsburg, Virginia were selected to participate in the program which emphasized the academic skills of math, communication, reading and health in the mornings. In the afternoons, they were taken to public work sites Dr. William R. Harvey, President, Hampton University. to labor on a job which paid minimum wages for 40 hours per week. During the eight-week course, the program emphasized character building, values, discipline and work ethics. In 1989, Dr. Harvey instituted project H.O.P.E. (Hampton s Opportunity Program for Enhancement), which admits African- American males into Hampton who have potential for college, but do not meet the full academic requirements needed to matriculate at the University. Participants are given a reduced course load, assigned a coordinator who monitors their social and academic progression, and each receives a $1,000 scholarship. Dr. Harvey has long been active on the national scene as a result of his appointments to national boards by six presidents of the United States. Harvey has served on the President s National Advisory Council on Elementary and Secondary Education, the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education where he served as Chair, the Commission on Presidential Scholars, the President s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges, and the U. S. Department of Commerce Minority Development Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Harvey has served as Chair of the Southern Universities Research Association (SURA) Council of Presidents, Chair of the Board of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), and Chair of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Council of Chief Executive Officers. Congratulations to Dr. William Harvey and Hampton University from the Director and staff at the Army Office of Small Business Programs. Ms. Cynthia Lee Program Manager Army SDB/8(a) and HBCU/MI Programs U.S. Army OSBP Building the Future of the Army through Small Business Utilization 18

20 Small Business Award for the 21st Cavalry Brigade The 21st Cavalry Brigade (Air Combat) receives, equips, fields, trains, and evaluates all modernized attack and cavalry aviation units, either active or reserve component. The 21st Cavalry assists Army Attack Helicopter Battalions and other Aviation units in their preparation for deployment while also providing training support to Regular Army Units, Army Reserve Units, National Guard Units, and foreign customers. Some of the aviation platforms include: Apache (AH-64D), Black Hawk (EH/UH-60A/L/M), Chinook (CH-47D/F), Huey (UH-1X), Lakota (UH-72A) and OH-58D Kiowa. The 21st Cavalry Bde contract was historically a full and open competition awarded to large businesses. While previous contracts may have included additional efforts, Team Redstone proposed to utilize one contract to meet the 21st Cavalry Mission. The Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) at the Army Aviation and Missile Command (AMCOM) worked closely with the Army Contracting Command-Redstone (ACC-RSA). This requirement is for aviation maintenance services, ground vehicle maintenance services, and training services in support of the 21st Cavalry Bde (Air Combat) located on Ft. Hood, TX. The contracting office issued an initial sources sought which generated interest from the small business arena, enough interest that another sources sought was issued restricted only to small businesses. The second sources sought requested capability statements specific to quality certifications, contract history of previous aviation maintenance contracts, and accounting system adequacy for cost type contracts. Because the 21st Cavalry mission is critical to maintain operational readiness through maintenance services for the training of combat aviation units, a draft Procurement Work Statement (PWS) was also released to industry along with a second call for capability statements from the small business community. As a result of the three sources sought advertisements, and the positive results of the market research, senior contract, program management, and small business personnel confirmed that the 21st Cavalry was an excellent candidate for a competitive small business set-aside. Upon the contracting officer s determination, the 21st Cavalry was solicited as a small business set-aside. The 21st Cavalry is a base plus 4 year option effort, estimated at a total of $85 million. A source selection evaluation ensued resulting in an award on May 22, 2013, to M2 Services Corporation, a small business located in McKinney, TX. Upon completion of the phase-in period, full contract performance begins in July This contract will provide rotary wing aircraft maintenance, ground vehicle maintenance, ground support equipment maintenance, and logistical services support for the 21st Cavalry Bde (Air Combat) training mission at Main, West, and North Ft. Hood, Texas. This contract award demonstrates that small businesses possess the capabilities to meet the challenging requirements of the 21st Cavalry Bde. The diligent research and resources utilized by this cooperative team of government contracting, small business, and technical personnel illustrate both a successful achievement for the small business community while maintaining the mission of the 21st Cavalry Bde (Air Combat). Ms. Mary Birdsong Deputy Associate Director Army Aviation and Missile Life Cycle Management Command 19 Newsletter August 2013

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