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Cole Engineering awarded $179M OTA by U.S. Army

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI), a By Light Company, has been awarded a $179M Other Transaction Authority (OTA) agreement to serve as the core software enabler for the Synthetic Training Environment (STE) Training Simulation Software / Training Management Tool (TSS/TMT). The TSS/TMT is the "core" simulation software and hardware that provides a common synthetic environment, the exercise design and control tool, and data manager for STE collective training.

As the Army's future training capability, the STE will be a single, interconnected training system that provides a training environment, in which units from Soldier/Squad through Army Service Component Command conduct collective training. The STE will converge the live, virtual, constructive, and gaming environments as one complete training capability.

"Team CESI is honored to be entrusted to enable the future of the Army's Synthetic Training Environment to empower a revolution in Army training capability and effectiveness," said Devin Lyders, CESI Senior Vice President, Advanced Training Systems, "We have taken great pride in supporting STE since the initial onset of prototyping activities in 2018 and are proud to offer a comprehensive solution that is modular, scalable, and prepared to rapidly deliver capability into the hands of the Soldier. As a participant in and benefactor of Soldier Centric Design, CESI understands at its core that the TSS/TMT capabilities are about delivering the best possible training to our Warfighters no matter the place, time, or domain."

Team CESI consists of a robust group of contributors with deep understanding of the STE vision including 4C North America, Inc.; Bohemia Interactive Simulations, Inc.; Cesium GS, Inc.; Dignitas Technologies; Leidos, Inc.; Perspecta; Raydon Corporation; Systematic, Inc.; and Maxar Technologies.

The Team CESI solution is a modular open systems architecture built on a CESI-developed backbone called MSSV ("massive"). The TSS/TMT solution will realize a modern, modular system that converges live, virtual, constructive, and gaming environments into a single, holistic synthetic environment. MSSV is a proven, hardened architecture solution that will allow an integrated, tested, and training-ready capability to be delivered in under a year.

"By Light and its companies continue to provide innovative systems and solutions to help stay ahead of our country's adversaries," said Bob Donahue Jr., Chief Executive Officer of By Light, "Team CESI is immediately postured to deliver a solution that keeps our soldiers in front and is adaptable to the ever-changing operational environment."

About CESI

Formed in 2004, Cole Engineering Services, Inc., is an award-winning company that maintains a distinct record of strong performance in developing dynamic engineering programs. CESI implements operational, modeling, simulation, and gaming-based technologies that enable Warfighters and First Responders in their services to the nation. CESI develops unique simulation-based systems for simple and complex military missions and has extensive experience developing interoperable distributed simulation architectures for engineering and training environments. Led by a highly talented and experienced team with deep institutional knowledge and an extensive infrastructure in the form of laboratories and tools/methodologies, CESI tackles some of the military's most complex modeling and simulation projects. Learn more at https://coleengineering.com/

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI-Dev Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turnkey systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge in the DoD, DISA, and other US Government agencies, By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit https://www.bylight.com/.

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NSC Awards Cole Engineering Team $31M OTA

MCLEAN, Va. -- Cole Engineering Services, Inc. (CESI) a By Light Company, has been awarded a $31.3M contract by the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC) for the Augmented Reality/Virtual Reality (AR/VR) 5G Network Enhancements Prototype Other Transaction Agreement (OTA). CESI as the prime contractor for this OTA, with key teammates Eridan Communications, Inc., Prizm XR, Inc., and Athena Technologies, LLC, are together delivering this next-generation technology development for augmented and virtual reality testbeds, 5G networks, and applications at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBML) in Washington State.

This project supports the Department of Defense (DoD) 5G Strategy Implementation Plan to accelerate implementation of advanced wireless communications with applications in both the Continental United States (CONUS) and outside CONUS regions. For this 5G experimentation at JBLM, DoD, and the Department of the Army expect to develop effective methodologies to allow combat training enhanced by 5G communications technologies.

The project is divided into three sequential phases in which advanced 5G technologies will be tested in laboratory environments, then fielded and evaluated in the 5G enhanced training environment deployed at JBLM. The goal of this prototype project is to develop and demonstrate 5G-based AR/VR enhancement that enables Army mission planning and training. The prototype will demonstrate the ability to design, build, and sustain an advanced enhancement that allows for 5G cellular connectivity to accommodate military training activity.

According to Thomas Fransson, CESI, SVP Operations, Simulation Products & Services, "This award reinforces the success of our long heritage in advanced wireless communications, and now extends into the new and exciting area of providing these capabilities for training and operations, where we can leverage our extensive experience of supporting DoD with simulations and training products. Our 5G network solution addresses the breadth of challenges presented by foliage and weather, vastly improves the performance of the network in terms of number of participants and reduces latency - thereby improving soldier perception of combat engagement."

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, VA is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge in the DoD, DISA, and other US Government agencies, By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit http://www.bylight.com/.

About CESI

Formed in 2004, Cole Engineering Services, Inc., is an award-winning company that maintains a distinct record of strong performance in developing dynamic engineering programs. CESI implements operational, modeling, simulation, and gaming-based technologies that enable Warfighters and First Responders in their services to the nation. CESI develops unique simulation-based systems for simple and complex military missions and has extensive experience developing interoperable distributed simulation architectures for engineering and training environments. Led by a highly talented and experienced team with deep institutional knowledge and an extensive infrastructure in the form of laboratories and tools and methodologies, CESI tackles some of the military's most complex modeling and simulation projects. Learn more at http://www.cesicorp.com/.

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ViewTech Borescopes Exhibiting at MRO Americas April 27-29 at Booth 1501

ORLANDO, Fla. -- ViewTech Borescopes announced they are returning to exhibit for the ninth time during MRO Americas 2021 and will be located at booth #1501. With MRO Americas live event being held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida from April 27-29, this year's in-person event will be co-located with the Military Aviation Logistics & Maintenance Symposium (MALMS). In addition to the face-to-face conference, a virtual event will also take place May 4-5 for those unable to travel.

ViewTech Borescopes has been an exhibitor during the aviation MRO conference and exhibition since 2012. While MRO Americas 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19, ViewTech Borescopes has released new inspection video borescopes since last exhibiting at MRO America's Aviation Week in 2019. This year ViewTech will have the following VJ-3 video borescope models available for attendees to trial at MRO Americas booth #1501: the VJ-3 2.8mm, VJ-3 3.9mm, and VJ-3 6.0mm dual camera.

ViewTech Borescopes Senior Sales Consultant, Zack Wessels, will be available to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation demo to be sent to your MRO repair facility. During previous annual aviation MRO conferences, ViewTech has connected with maintenance directors, aircraft maintenance technicians, and aircraft engineers who maintain a diverse fleet of aircraft.

With a large percentage of ViewTech's clientele based in the aviation, military, and aerospace industries, they are consistently informed that the VJ-3 video borescope performs the heavy lifting for 99% of their client inspections, many of which entail viewing inside of critical components. By providing the best borescope option for their budget, ViewTech Borescopes have been saving companies time and money on their preventative maintenance and MRO inspections.

VJ-3 Video Borescope

The VJ-3 mechanical articulating video borescope is a nondestructive visual testing instrument used for the remote visual inspection of machinery, equipment, and components. The VJ-3 facilitates the visual recording and photo documentation of an inspection and components in areas that are otherwise inaccessible or require great effort and expense to access directly. The VJ-3 consists of two modules integrated into one system: an insertion tube with distally mounted camera/LEDs, and the base unit with control panel, LCD monitor, power source and all necessary circuitry.

About ViewTech Borescopes

ViewTech Borescopes, founded as RF System Lab in 2008, is North America's #1 seller of video borescopes. Their first product, the VJ borescope, set a new standard for portability, ergonomics and ease-of-use, with its industry-first mechanical, joystick-controlled articulation.

Learn more: https://www.viewtech.com/

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American Freedom Foundation Launches ‘Your Next Mission’ – A New Initiative Supporting Our Veterans

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The American Freedom Foundation announces Your Next Mission™-- a new initiative supporting our Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses as they transition from military to civilian life. The goal of Your Next Mission™ is to help our Veterans write the next chapter of their lives and to make a real impact in the lives of those who have served our country.

VIDEO: 12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley "Your Next Mission™" VIDEO INTRODUCTION (Dropbox): https://t.e2ma.net/click/6qhm1y/ay5gkrd/y07i9oi

12th SMA (R) Jack L. Tilley states, "Your Next Mission is an extension of AFF's long-standing mission of helping Veterans and families. It is something I've devoted my life to and will continue until the day I die."

Your Next Mission™ will provide digital and online content, resources, and support to Veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses. It offers guidance and insight by creating opportunities by which they can receive assistance transitioning from military to civilian life. Your Next Mission™ will help turn their military experience into a tactical advantage in the civilian world.

Your Next Mission™ assistance to Veterans and their families will include:

*The Your Next Mission™ podcast hosted by Jack L. Tilley, 12th Sergeant Major of the Army and Co-Founder of the American Freedom Foundation. Created in partnership with Cloudcast Media, the podcast features insightful conversations with subject matter experts from the military and civilian communities.

*Identifying job opportunities through strategic partnerships with corporations.

*Providing specialized services such as understanding VA benefits and entitlements, employment, healthcare, education, and many others subjects through strategic partnerships with other nonprofit VSOs.

*Holding career-building events focused on hiring and networking.

*Creating outreach programs to educate our country about the service and the sacrifice our military service members and their families make each and every day, and the positive difference they can make in the civilian world.

Dedicated sponsors include American Freedom Foundation, Cavalry Agency, Purdue University Global, Veterans United Home Loans and Navy Federal Credit Union.

The podcast is available at https://yournextmission.org/ and all of your favorite podcast channels.

For more information, please email us at SMATilley@yournextmission.org, or call (844) 424-1134 and visit www.YourNextMission.org.

ABOUT AMERICAN FREEDOM FOUNDATION

In return for their service and sacrifices made for our country, the American Freedom Foundation, founded in 2004, believes Veterans, military service members, and their families are deserving of support that empowers and enables them to lead confident and productive lives. AFF serves and supports them by creating awareness and building support for their service, sacrifice, and needs through partnerships with military-focused organizations and always will be relentlessly driven to bettering the lives of these heroes and their families.

Throughout its short history, the American Freedom Foundation has made grants of approximately $1.2 million to more than 30 military organizations and awarded over 1,200 full and partial scholarships to military spouses and their dependents in 50 states and 8 countries through the AFF/Purdue University Global Military Scholarship program valued in excess of $9.2 million. Through the AFF national Veteran's employment initiative program, Warriors To The Workforce, thousands of Veterans have been connected to hundreds of participating companies for employment opportunities. Please reach out to us at www.americanfreedomfoundation.org

ABOUT JACK L. TILLEY 12TH SERGEANT MAJOR OF THE ARMY, RETIRED

A native of Vancouver, Washington, Tilley was sworn in as the 12th Sergeant Major of the Army on June 23, 2000, and served until January 15, 2004. A career soldier, he had held many leadership positions within the Department of the Army and Unified Command environments.

As Sergeant Major of the Army, Tilley served as the Army Chief of Staff's personal advisor on all enlisted-related matters, particularly in areas affecting Soldier training and quality of life. He devoted the majority of his time to traveling throughout the Army observing training and talking to soldiers and their families. He sits on a wide variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted soldiers and their families and is routinely invited to testify before Congress.

A Vietnam War Veteran, SMA Tilley has held a variety of important leadership positions throughout his 36-year career including tank commander, section leader, drill sergeant, platoon sergeant, senior instructor, operations sergeant, first sergeant, and command sergeant major. His military education includes the First Sergeants Course and the Sergeants Major Academy.

Among his numerous awards and decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Bronze Star with V Device, Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Vietnam Service and Campaign Medals.

After retirement, SMA Tilley has continued his advocacy for all service members and their families. He is co-founder of the American Freedom Foundation, a 501(c) 3 public benefit corporation organized to honor, serve and support our Veterans and the families of America's armed forces and raise money and awareness through partnerships with military-focused organizations.

SMA Tilley has also become a successful management consultant, working with top Fortune 500 companies on a variety of projects and programs that are unique to the military community. He is President/CEO of J.Tilley Inc., founded in 2005. Co-founder of Pinnacle Five, LLC, marketing, consulting, and contracting company, crafted with members who held the senior enlisted position within the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard.

A well sought-after public speaker, whose primary topic raises the public consciousness in support of military service members and Veterans. SMA Tilley is currently Senior Vice President for Leadership Development with NewDay USA, a senior advisor to the American Security Council Foundation, and a member of Mission Readiness: Military Leaders for Kids. He is also the author of his book "A Soldier's Life."

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*Caption: Next Mission Podcast cover.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Kim Dettwiller Burton
(615) 330-5656
teamstrategies@gmail.com

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Performance Defense Partners with NineTwelve, Bringing 5G Enabled Mission Critical IoT Solutions

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Performance Defense, a trusted engineering services and solutions provider for safety and mission critical industries, and NineTwelve Institute, a full-suite software and 5G rapid development provider, today announced a partnership, that would do DO178 certification ready 5G IoT gateway for the first time. Together, they will help industries requiring Mission Critical IoT, and the Department of Defense to utilize 5G through their expertise, technology, and platform.

Organizations around the world are quickly moving to adopt 5G. While the latest advanced wireless technology presents enormous opportunities, it's a challenging transformation for one company to do alone. Organizations looking to transform must follow one of three paths: develop 5G technology on their own; partner with a company with 5G development capabilities; or be left behind. In the Mission Critical IoT industry, 5G is essential to connect devices, machines, and people in today's hyperconnected world.

Performance Defense brings its deep knowledge and expertise in government and mission critical systems, government contracts, program management, and delivering aerospace solutions to the DoD and Intelligence Communities.

"I'm excited to partner with a commercial company like NineTwelve who already has a unique full 5G testbed through their relationship with AT&T. Together, we can take proven commercial products and apply them to mission critical systems in a more cost-effective, rapid rate," said Darren Cummings, president of Performance Defense. Applying commercial solutions to government agencies, such as the DoD, is no easy task. This requires the knowledge and experience to ensure solutions meet the highest levels of safety, security, and reliability requirements.

"We are thrilled to work with a company with the federal government experience and technical capabilities of Performance Defense," said Sean Hendrix, CTO of NineTwelve and managing director of the Indiana 5G Zone, the first state-based public-private partnership 5G innovation lab. "These skills will help us fulfil our mission of making 5G solutions available to all sectors of the economy and the defense community."

NineTwelve brings together technologies, industry, and academic partners in a creative environment that supports prototyping and experimentation, resulting in fast-to-market products and services. It's innovative 5G center, NineTwelve Convergence, is the first in the nation to offer demonstrable 5G rapid development for faster, low-cost 5G applications.

Now, organizations all over the world have the help they need to rapidly deliver real-time, secure Mission Critical IoT solutions with 5G capability. Performance Defense and NineTwelve are working to bring 5G solutions to various industries including national security, smart cities, autonomous mobility, manufacturing, agriculture, medical technology, sports technology and more.

To learn more about this partnership, visit https://performancedefense.com/nine-twelve/.

About Performance Defense

Performance Defense is a trusted engineering services and solutions provider for safety and mission critical industries. It's deep knowledge and experience of government and mission critical systems positions itself as a prime developer and integrator for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities.

For more information, please visit, https://performancedefense.com/, email media@performancedefense.com, or call 623-780-7517.

About NineTwelve Institute

NineTwelve, the parent of the Indiana 5G Zone and NineTwelve Convergence, teams industries, governments, and academia to meet critical technology needs. Its unique collaboration platform accelerates the design and implementation of emergent solutions by bringing together the key elements of innovation: collaboration, prototyping and experimentation. By creating these cross-sectoral collaboration networks that design and deliver groundbreaking solutions, NineTwelve focuses on emergent technologies such as 5G, advanced manufacturing, and trusted microelectronics.

About NineTwelve Convergence:

NineTwelve Convergence is a critical partner in lowering development costs, controlling risk and solving the challenges of DevOps. Bridging the gap between development and market deployment, NineTwelve Convergence ensures that industry investments convert rapidly into commercialized products. By becoming a member of NineTwelve Convergence companies can focus on their products, hot they integrated into a 5G system, and deliver the value promised of their new technology. This center will give companies access to test their capabilities in a "living" environment, or an environment that is not controlled. This facility is the first in the Nation to offer full-suite 5G development and testing.

MEDIA Contact:
Chantelle Aguilar
Marketing Specialist, Performance Defense
media@performancedefense.com

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Monument to an African American Patriot Drummer? You Bet!

BEAUFORT, S.C. -- According to the Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance, if one battlefield archaeologist had his way, the first monument placed on the newly preserved Battle of Beaufort, SC site would not be to the two signers of the Declaration of Independence who also fought there. It would be an almost forgotten private. Not that Daniel Battle feels more than one monument is well deserved at one of South Carolina's newest sites.

By the end of 1778, most of the serious fighting of the War for American Independence had been predominantly in the northern half of the new United States. That was about to change as British Forces surged a new invasion into the southern states. During the British Southern Winter Campaign 1778-79, Georgia was overrun from both land and sea with forces invading from Florida and Sandy Hook, NJ. This appeared to it be the knock-out punch that might just end the American Rebellion. It was a chaotic moment when citizens and militia volunteers throughout the South were weighing their options and loyalties.

"If the King's Forces had strategized a forgiveness campaign as some had planned, rather than a war against the citizenry, the outcome of the war may have been much different," Battle claims. Still, a spark of hope in the American cause was desperately needed at this time. Southerners got that from an unlikely place at Beaufort, SC.

"The British had barely secured Savannah before the wharves had become backed up by wagon loads of loot and plunder being sent back out of port to destinations unknown. British officers were freely enriching themselves shipping off captured slaves and plantation commodities," Battle explained.

A British expeditionary naval force soon set off with the same designs for the Lowcountry of South Carolina. That navy flotilla left a trail of destruction, marked by plumes of burning residences, as it went up the sea islands toward Beaufort. After landing near town, however, they found an angry American force under the fiery General William Moultrie awaiting them. On February 3, 1779, British Regulars attempted to march into the town but were soundly repulsed. They were beaten by an ethnically diverse American militia. "This little victory helped bolster volunteers to the American Cause at a pivotal time when support was desperately needed for what was coming for South Carolina. The American Cause was on razor thin margins," Battle explained.

The engagement at Beaufort was the first true land battle of the war in South Carolina and the first victory for the Americans since the southern invasion. One British officer would later recount, with a sneer, the presence of several African Americans within the American ranks. One of these individuals, a free man of color from one of the surrounding islands, was serving as a drummer in the 4th SC Artillery.

"Drummers were critically important in those days because we didn't have electronic communications like radios to give out battle orders. The beat of drums informed our fighting men of such things as keeping to their post or alerting to new orders during the fighting," Battle explains. This was the beginning of Beaufort's Jim Capers distinguishing career. Private Capers would serve in some of the bloodiest battles of the war all the way up to the surrender of British General Cornwallis' at Yorktown.

"He would have likely had the honor to play his drums as the British stacked their arms and this must have been an incredible experience for Capers," Battle states.

During the war, his name had become well-recognized throughout the Southern command according to pension applications. One soldier claimed: "While encamped at Jacksonborough near Charleston, I heard that the 'great Drummer Jim Capers' under (Francis 'Swamp Fox') Marion was wounded at the battle of the Eutaw Springs, South Carolina."

After the war, Capers applied for the first United States pension. Capers and his wife, who was listed as a slave, were denied benefits. Capers died without the United States ever honoring the debt for his sacrifice of service. A simple gravestone in Alabama reads, "Jim Capers a man of Color and resident in the County of Pike & State of Alabama."

"Capers was an unwavering American Patriot who deserves recognition. There is a wrong here that should be set symbolically right. Certainly, we cannot even begin to ponder what the dream of freedom must have meant to soldiers like him. Erecting a monument makes an important statement and helps set the record straight. It bridges a gap with those who have often felt little or no connection with this part of our American History," Battle states.

About Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance:

The Georgia American Revolution Preservation Alliance (GARPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to study, research, and promote preservation of American Revolutionary War resources in the southeast region of the United States. Our group is made up of professional archaeologist and other specialist who support a range of projects from publications, scientific research, and visual resources for distribution to the public. Our goal is the identification and preservation of endangered battlefields and forts predominantly related to 18th Century America.

Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/GARPA1776

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SECDEF Urged to Protect Troops from Sexual Assault Through Equity Boards

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington D.C., metropolitan-based law firm of Jordan Guydon, LLP, announced today a plan to reduce sexual assault and harassment in the military. "Our plan recommends that Secretary of Defense Austin update 75-year-old architecture," said managing partner Attorney Daryle A. Jordan, a former Army lawyer and veteran of the Gulf War.

Former Army lawyer Colonel Howard G. Cooley, USA (Ret.), recommends Secretary Austin empower Pentagon Boards for Correction of Military Records (BCMRs) to strongly prevent sexual assault and harassment before they occur; and promote fair adjudication of sexual harassment and assault claims by appointing an exponentially expanded pool of qualified civilian adjudicators.

Cooley and Jordan recommend Secretary Austin direct each Pentagon Service Secretary to establish a sub-BCMR entity designated as a BCMR Equity Panel (for Gender, Racial and Cultural Equity) - applying criteria to adjudicate sexual assault; sexual harassment; discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation; discrimination based on race, national origin, ethnicity, culture, and religion; and discrimination based on historical marginalization. Cooley and Jordan propose BCMR Equity Panels protect Servicemembers from sexually-based harassment, stalking, attempted attacks, offensive touching, or other harmful actions and consequences including depression, PTSD, fear, venereal disease, pregnancy, broken bones, retaliation and career damage.

Cooley notes, "Waiting for Servicemembers to be attacked before acting is not an option, as it would be unreasonable for the military to process 'red-tape' when 'vulnerable or marginalized' women and some other Servicemembers are under assault by lascivious superiors and co-workers in a culture of violence."

Cooley continues, "Thus, if a Servicemember is so pressured and the military's bureaucracy is unresponsive, the Service BCMR Equity Panel acts on behalf of the Secretary concerned as a 'safety valve,' upon contact by the victim; and prevents imminent harm such as by changing the records of Servicemembers to reflect reassignment and direct immediate compliance with that order, within 24-hours."

Cooley and Jordan recommend BCMR Equity Panels apply the standards and spirit of relevant laws and policies, including President Biden's Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government (January 20, 2021), and advance equity for all, including and especially the historically underserved and marginalized by or as follows:

* Designation by each Service of a BCMR Panel for Gender, Racial and Cultural Equity Issues (GRACE Panel), consisting of civilian legal, human relations, and other personnel appropriate for such duty, with the responsibility to ensure their decisions promote orderly personnel management.

* Elimination of preordained caps on the number of BCMR Board members, and appointment of globally based qualified members in accordance with the needs of Servicemembers, complexity of cases, and other considerations. The Equity Panel membership should be diverse and include members from the Senior Executive Service (SES). Appointments may be involuntary, temporary, extra-duty, part-time, full-time, voluntary or otherwise, at the direction or approval of the Secretary concerned.

* Designation in each Service of a highly trained BCMR Equity Panel, consisting of a standing civilian body of at least 600 members (200 panels) and reserve civilian body of at least 240 members (80 panels).

* Exercise broad authority to act on behalf of the Service Secretary, including transferring Applicants out of harm's way temporarily or permanently to prevent apparent, threshold, imminent or actual mental, physical or career injury, when it is determined DOD and Service protective procedures are inadequate. The Equity Panel's jurisdiction includes acts pertaining to an Applicant's superiors, colleagues, installation, or off-post sites reasonably related to the military.

* Report incidents to the Office of the Assistant Secretary (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) concerned for any appropriate disposition, consistent with existing laws.

* Consistent with the legislative history of the BCMR Statute, Board members shall personally review case materials, and decide each case through the exercise of independent and fair judgment based on a sound application of the legal, broadest equitable and remedial standards in a timely manner. Board members will not delegate decisional authority, in fact or appearance, to staff. Staff may conduct research, prepare administrative orders or draft Board decisions upon receiving explicit direction in writing from the chair of the panel or Board president or vice president. Staff, however, may not participate in the Board's adjudicational process regarding petitions.

* All commands shall cooperate with BCMR Equity Panels.

* This directive does not impact any Presidential, Congressional, judicial, DOD, Military Department or any other action that modifies/alters or declines to modify/alter case disposition under the UCMJ.

Jordan explains, "In 1945, as 16-million Servicemembers demobilized upon the end of WWII, a public angry over the military's mistreatment of many Servicemembers during the war demanded an immediate remedy from Congress, the sole body correcting military records since 1789." Jordan observes further, "In response, Congress materially changed the military records process to respond to public demands, and avoid potentially large numbers of post-WWII requests for correction of military records from clogging Congress' legislative focus on a possible WWIII with atomic implications and the restoration of the world economy." Thus, Cooley notes, "Congress delegated its authority to correct military records under the constitutional War Powers provision to Service Secretaries through newly established BCMRs, vesting in them more equitable power possessed by the U.S Supreme Court and federal courts, including the amazing ability to change facts in the record upon which to compel legal relief."

Commenting further, Jordan observes, "The touchstone of the BCMR process, however, is civilian employees appointed by their Service Secretaries exercise objective and independent review over personnel decisions by the military." Jordan observes, however, that, "By 1996, management consultant Booz Allen Hamilton's independent study advised DOD and Congress that the ABCMR functioned with a 'lack of independence' and an appearance as a mere 'rubber stamp' of the actual decisions by the staff."

Jordan states, "The ABCMR's failure of independent judgment was confirmed in 2016 by Attorney Sara Dareshori, then Human Rights Watch's Senior Counsel, who stamped the ABCMR with the momentous characterization as a nonresponsive 'graveyard' for marginalized female Servicemembers seeking vindication of their rights regarding sexual assault and retaliatory discharge through a process in which the ABCMR routinely and erroneously rejected their petitions in a mere 4 to 5-minute span without adequate review of the case materials."

Cooley further observes, "In 2018, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Review Boards (DASA) informed the Military Personnel Subcommittee of Congress' House Armed Services Committee (HASC) the ABCMR had a history of adjudicating many cases by focusing on eliminating its high case backlog in the thousands [nearly 14,000 at the time] at the expense of doing justice for Servicemembers petitioning for relief." Additionally, the DASA represented the ABCMR would correct its course; however, Cooley and Jordan who "do not question the DASA's good-faith, but question the time it will take to reverse that extensive institutional damage tantamount to the loss of decisional integrity."

CONTACTS:

HOWARD G. COOLEY | Colonel, USA (Ret.) | Of Counsel | DARYLE A. JORDAN | Managing Partner |

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By Light Awarded $38.2M Contract by DISA

MCLEAN, Va. -- Phacil, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of By Light Professional IT Services LLC, has been awarded a bridge contract for a six-month base period with two, three-month option periods with a total value of $38.2M by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) for the Defense Information Systems Network (DISN) Secure Systems Engineering and Evolution Support project via the Encore III Full and Open (F&O) contract.

By Light has supported the Secure Systems Engineering and Evolution Support project since 2019. By Light will continue to provide a suite of Information Technology (IT) engineering and technical services, expertise, and support in the planning, research, development, integration, and implementation activities for future, proposed, current and legacy DoD and DISA IT capabilities, services, and systems.

By Light provides engineering support for all elements, layers, and gateways of the DISN infrastructure, to include an Internet Protocol (IP)-based and switched infrastructure leveraging encryption over terrestrial and undersea fiber optic networks as well as military and commercial satellite communications.

According to Jason Cole, By Light Senior Vice President, "We are delighted to continue to serve DISA in assuring critical IT capabilities to the warfighter as we have done for more than 17 years. Our dynamic team provides support services while facilitating the agile adoption and integration of future technology to achieve DISA's strategic objectives. This is a contract to address the growing and dynamic engineering and technical needs of today's and tomorrow's warfighter in a more streamlined and cost-effective approach."

About By Light

By Light Professional IT Services LLC, headquartered in McLean, Virginia, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government.

For more information, visit https://www.bylight.com/.

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US Space Force Awards $285M IDIQ Contract to ACS, By Light JV FSO

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Full Spectrum Operations, LLC, (FSO), an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (JV) between American Communications Solutions LLC (ACS), and By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light), has been awarded a contract for Eastern Western Operational Communications Services (EWOCS), a single award Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) with a base ordering period of five years, two one-year option periods, and a program ceiling of $285 million.

The contract is managed by the 45th Contracting Squadron, Space Operations Command, Patrick Space Force Base, FL. EWOCS is an acquisition program to provide communication services for voice, data, and video to support the launch and test range capabilities of the 45th Space Wing (45 SW) based at Patrick Space Force Base (SFB), FL, and Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS), FL, as well as the 30th Space Wing (30 SW) based at Vandenberg Air Force Base (AFB), CA.

"As a Veteran Owned Small Business, FSO is honored to have the opportunity to provide communications systems maintenance, operations, and operational support services to the United States Space Force, enabling them to safely launch, track, and recover space lift systems and perform operational test missions in support of ballistic missile deployment and aircraft flight tests," said John M. Schleifer, Managing Member of FSO and President and CEO of ACS.

According to John Kilpatrick, By Light Vice President of Operations, "EWOCS builds on our long-standing support to the Eastern and Western Launch Ranges as well as the Missile Defense Agency, and By Light is excited for this opportunity to be a driving force in the Range of the Future transformation."

About Full Spectrum Operations (FSO):

FSO is a CVE-verified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Fairfax Station, VA, that provides information technology, cybersecurity, engineering, and operational support services to customers in the Federal Government. FSO is an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé JV between ACS (Protégé), and By Light (Mentor), a large business.

About American Communications Solutions (ACS):

ACS, the Managing Partner of FSO, is a CVE-verified SDVOSB currently providing information technology (IT), cybersecurity, engineering, software development, and operational and training support services to customers in the Federal Government.

About By Light Professional IT Services LLC:

By Light, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000- 1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated systems integrator that provides secure, turn-key systems by incorporating exceptional engineering, project management, telecommunications, and cyber capabilities to safeguard mission success. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge in the DoD, DISA, and other US Government Agencies, By Light successfully implements technical solutions that integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit https://www.bylight.com/.

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Randy Robinson Joins Black Sage from the Air Force Research Laboratory

BOISE, Idaho -- Black Sage is proud to announce and welcome Randy Robinson as Director of Government Operations. Mr. Robinson served the United States Air Force for a total of thirty-five years, twenty years in active-duty and fifteen years working at the United States Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). Mr. Robinson will support further development of Black Sage's Counter UAS relationship with the United States Air Force and the United States Military.

"We are thrilled to have Randy join our team as we build upon our success with the United States Air Force and the United States Military," said Rick Schmidt, Black Sage's President and CEO. "Not only does Randy bring a wealth of knowledge and relationships in the Directed Energy sector and the United States Military, he shares our agile and proactive business philosophy."

"During my work at AFRL, I had the opportunity to evaluate a large number of CUAS systems," said Randy. "Black Sage stood out as the best solution. At the same time, the Black Sage team impressed me with their 'can do' spirit and total commitment to their customers and vendor partners."

Directed Energy technologies, such as High Power Microwave (HPM) and High Energy Laser (HEL) components, represent the cutting edge in counter unmanned threat solutions. During his work at AFRL's Directed Energy Directorate at Kirtland Air Force Base, Mr. Robinson was the directorate's Field Test Director. He was responsible for all HPM and HEL field test integration and testing programs.

Mr. Robinson spent the last seven years serving as the AFRL/RD CUAS Subject Matter Expert. Randy's extensive experience with Counter UAS technologies, including HPM and HEL, is an ideal fit with Black Sage's capabilities in this rapidly evolving sector.

Randy grew up in West Virginia and joined the Air Force in 1985. He served as an Electronics Technician for twenty years and retired from active duty in 2005. Following his retirement from active-duty, Randy joined AFRL at Kirtland Air Force Base in New Mexico.

Living in New Mexico with his wife, Randy enjoys riding motorcycles, playing golf and brewing beer. The couple has two sons. One son serves in the U.S. Coast Guard and the other son is an Officer in the United States Air Force.

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About Black Sage

Black Sage is a CUAS solutions provider and systems integration partner, serving military organizations, internal security agencies, and airport authorities worldwide. Our mission is to protect civilian and military personnel from unmanned threats. Black Sage's open architecture DefenseOS® command and control software is the nerve center that controls industry-leading sensors and effectors required for a modular, layered air defense network.

Black Sage's Innovation Lab coupled with our three research facilities representing urban, rural, and remote environments enables rapid prototyping, testing, and integration. These resources enable Black Sage's solutions to defend against the constant evolution of UAS threat capabilities.

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