2020 BGI Virtual Turkey Trot Run/Walk – VICTORY!

BGI rallied across the nation during the week of Thanksgiving to conduct our 1st Annual BGI Virtual Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5K and it was a huge success.  Over 200 employees, family members and friends completed the event.  BGI conducted a fundraiser in conjunction with the event to support The Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) where $12,200 was raised and donated to this highly effective & impacting foundation.  Further information about the GSF can be found at www.garysinisefoundation.org.

Naturally with any event where there is a spirit of competition, and we had winners in multiple categories.  These winners received a copy of the Gary Sinise book titled GRATEFUL AMERICAN, A JOURNEY FROM SELF TO SERVICE and a Beats wireless Bluetooth headset.  The female and male winners with times in each category of age were:

 

Under 20                              Sarah Dodson (22:01) & John Kieda (18:16)

20 year olds                        Katie Collins (38:04) & Tanner Dismukes (20:48)

30 year olds                        Nataly Jennings (28:13) & Scott Cook (22:25)

40 year olds                        Liza Meehl (29:52) & Adam Kieda (20:54)

50 year olds                        Denise Ronnow (36:17) & Bill Fitzpatrick (27:53)

60 year olds                        JP Reilly (38:22)

Best Video/Photo            Chris Jergens

 

Overall                                 Sarah Dodson and John Kieda

The event was spearheaded by Nancy Chilton and allowed BGI to pull together during the challenging times of quarantine, build camaraderie in a collaborative, competitive and wellness promoting way and raised funds for our veterans and their families in need.  This event embraced the BGI core values of Leadership, Integrity, Commitment, Excellence and Teamwork in every imaginable way.  One other surprise during the event were the T-shirts that were distributed to those that made the sign-up deadline.  These shirts were manufactured by Authentically American, https://www.authenticallyamericanbrand.us/. At the beginning of the race you have a very nice looking BGI T-shirt. After the event and with just enough exertion, the image of the shirt changed to bring out the core value words as you see in this picture of our CFO, Eric Dodson and the associated video link, https://youtu.be/sLD5iObta-4

We like to say that when BGI rallies for whatever challenge lies ahead, “we sweat out our core values” in every case. This race illustrated this in a very unique, surprising and entertaining way.  Thank you to all participants and congratulations to our winners in each category for such a tremendous display of fun and fortitude! It is not too early to start training for next year’s run.

Happy Labor Day from BGI!

Happy Labor Day from BGI.  BGI supports our customers in a myriad of ways with our work across the country. We do this in excellence. I am honored to hear about the “labor” we accomplish and as such, hope you can join our employee group and take the warranted rest this Labor Day weekend and recharge for the season ahead. BGI operates under one mission with diverse roles across the country. I am sharing an interesting activity of one of our employee groups.

The March AFB MQ-9 BGI employee group directly supports the domestic operations in fighting fires throughout California (CA). The MQ-9s from the 163rd Attack Wing fly around the fires and track the fires’ actual progress.  Near real-time map data is then sent to the CalFire command center so they can allocate their resources to best effect. (This used to be done with ground observers and grease pencils.)  CalFire leadership can also look at the video directly if there is a particularly critical situation. Another use of the data is to overlay snapshots of our video or Synthetic Aperture Radar images over Google Earth imagery to show confirmed destruction of property that can then be used to streamline federal emergency relief funds to those affected.  Our BGI employees launch a significant portion of the aircraft for this mission and have again volunteered to do all aspects the mission as we have in the past. This latest time CA HQ wanted the bulk of the mission, besides Launch and Recovery, to be done by the ANG.  We have 6 BGI employees on State Active Duty supporting this effort.

We are both grateful and proud of our March AFB MQ-9 BGI team for their continued support of training and am excited to highlight this interesting work they do in support of the state of CA.  Well done! Your fellow employees at BGI honor you this Labor Day weekend!

https://www.airforcemag.com/guard-aircraft-watching-california-fires-as-blazes-continue-to-spread/

Attend Central Florida Navy League’s “ALL Hands” Virtual Social Co-Sponsored By BGI!

The BGI team is co-sponsoring the Central Florida Navy League’s “ALL Hands” virtual social today, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5 pm (EDT). We began sponsoring CFNL in 2009 and have been along with them since. BGI‘s long history of supporting the Navy League of the United States gives us the arena to live out our GIVING BACK theme. This is a very entertaining and enjoyable event, with an impressive list of guest speakers, including BGI’s Jeff “Zoil” Penfield. We are excited to sponsor today’s forum and hope that you can join us for the engaging and worthwhile discussions.

BGI Security Week 2020

COVID-19 makes this the most unique Security Week in our history. Your Security team lead by Dave Carrell has pulled us all together all year long with informative updates and practices to make us operate in a safe and strong way. Now we can devote our time to a week of focus.  Our focus, as individuals, will continue and must be a healthy balance between our personal responsibilities in dealing with the crisis blended with our commitments to work. Work as we knew it has taken on some new facets of execution. Though the near term is a bit unpredictable, we will eventually get to a routine that will carry us through the next couple of months.

This excerpt is directly from our Facility Security Officer Dave Carrell:

“Within our work responsibilities is a commitment to good security practices. This is now becoming even more critical with the emphasis on protecting sensitive information that is unclassified. Being careful of what we share in public and how we handle material on the job will become more involved as the new DOD CUI policy (recently released) trickles down to the industrial base. As professionals in this business, we are all aware of daily security hygiene, whether it involves documents, computer systems, operations security, or facilities, such as SCIFs. Regardless, a review of the highlights enables us to remain sharp, and to reinforce our responsibility to protect the information that is vital to our country’s security.”

BGI Attends AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium

Orlando 26 – 28 February 2020. AFA’s 2020 Air Warfare Symposium is a premier event for the aerospace and defense industry geared toward the professional development of Air Force officers, enlisted members, civilians, retirees, and veterans. The symposium harnesses the Air Force’s innovative spirit through sessions focused on innovation and exhibits that highlight the next generation of air, space, and cyber power. The symposium brings together the top leadership of the Air Force as well as leaders in industry, academia, and government officials to discuss the issues and challenges facing our Air Force today and in the future. BGI will attend with CEO Phil Dismukes, Director Jim Hardin and Senior Manager Business Development Chris Townsend.  The symposium is packed with 2 full days of professional development, technology expositions and networking events.  Phil Dismukes comments, “This forum gives BGI the opportunity to exercise a 2020 theme of CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT by meeting with existing and new customers where we effectively can accomplish our mission.  This also gives us a platform to explore new growth areas that include integrating technology with the warfighter in advanced training systems, IT and Cyber.”

 

BGI SBIR Landing Signal Officer – Data Analysis Toolkit (LSO-DAT) Listed on Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace

The BGI SBIR Topic 112-111: Landing Signal Officer – Data Analysis Toolkit (LSO-DAT) has been listed on the Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace and includes a description of the project, a Quad Chart and Capabilities Brochure to review in addition to contact information.

The description for this project reads:

LSO DAT transforms text-based LSO carrier landing evaluations to allow machine learning to reveal evidence-based insights, optimizing training while reducing workload. Prototyped for the LSO School, embarked air wings, and aviator training units, it applies advanced data science to identify and highlight trends and areas of concern in performance. Handwriting recognition (OCR) allows LSOs to maintain their familiar CONOPS while gaining benefits from the tools. Collaboration with the user community has created familiar and intuitive visualizations. LSO DAT provides improved capability to the fleet as a standalone tool, and is ready to be integrated into data analysis suites and enterprise data systems. BGI is an innovative veteran-owned business that merges expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to provide key innovations to the warfighter.

You can find more information about this project at https://navyfst.com/vtm/ and searching BGI in the “Company Name” filter.

BGI SBIR Analysis and Reporting Capability for Smart Aircraft Data Listed on Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace

The BGI SBIR Topic 112-111: Analysis and Reporting Capability for Smart Aircraft Data has been listed on the Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace and includes a description of the project, a Quad Chart and Capabilities Brochure to review in addition to contact information.

The description for this project reads:

ARC is BGI’s powerful toolset that identifies key trends in recorded maintenance data. Actionable reports enable Condition Based Maintenance+ objectives, increasing operational availability while reducing workload. ARC integrates into any maintenance infrastructure. In use by the H-53E Fleet Support Team, enhancements are in development to support additional platforms. A plug-in architecture and user-scripting capability allow adaptation to a range of platforms and applications. “Field,” “Analyst” and “Enterprise” configurations provide common tools at all levels. User feedback shaped ARC to be useful upon delivery, optimal with moderate configuration. ARC is an ideal solution for identifying health trends in support of predictive maintenance for any military or commercial fleet. BGI is an innovative, veteran-owned business, merging expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to support warfighters.

You can find more information about this project at https://navyfst.com/vtm/ and searching BGI in the “Company Name” filter.

 

Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference 2019 – “Winning the War of Cognition”

During the week of December 02, 2019, 20 BGI employees attended the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education (I/ITSEC) Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The conference theme this year was “winning the war of cognition by pushing readiness and lethality boundaries”. I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, networking socials, professional workshops and an industry exhibit hall. Having attended now for over two decades, I/ITSEC continues to be the most anticipated conference of the year for BGI and this year continued that trend. The BGI team participated in several of the activities made available during the week including booth support, demonstrations, a variety of meetings and professional development.

More information, including Show Daily News Digests can be found on the I/ITSEC web page at: https://www.iitsec.org/

 

BGI To Attend Air Force Association (AFA) Air Space Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD

Phil DismukesAkron, OH.  29 August 2019 – BGI, LLC will attend the Air Force Association (AFA) Air Space Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD, on 16-18 September 2019.  Attending will be CEO Phil Dismukes, Government Services Director Jim Hardin and Business Development Sr. Manager Chris Townsend.  If you would like to schedule some time with any BGI members, please reach out directly to Phil via e-mail at phil.dismukes@bgi-llc.com or 908-635-4002 text/cell.  Additionally, BGI is a Silver sponsor for the AFA Virginia Suite.  The Suite is open from 1700-2300 each day for guests of sponsors.  This can be coordinated through Phil at the e-mail and contact number above as well.

The conference provides industry partners the opportunity to gain new insights into the latest innovations in airpower, space and cyber capabilities all while bonding with your fellow Airmen, from today and our own careers. There are inspiring addresses from recognized leaders in today’s Air Force that will fuel your knowledge of our Air Force and industry collaboration.

We have historically found this time to be the nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals around the world. ASC brings together Air Force senior leaders and experts from government, industry and academia. From engaging speakers and panels focused on airpower, space and cyber developments to the technology exposition featuring the latest technology, equipment and solutions for tomorrow’s problems; the conference has something for everyone. We hope to see you there.

BGI Selected to Continue Aircrew Performance Assessment Project in Phase II

August 26, 2019 – In January, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office announced that BGI had been selected to continue into Phase II of a research effort to develop a “Data Science Driven Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System.”  BGI participated in Phase I of the project in 2018, studying the feasibility of and developing techniques for creating an automated system to support assessment of aircrew proficiency and training effectiveness in mission situations.  The effort included a former TOPGUN instructor decomposition of a training syllabus into individually measurable elements representing the mission effects chain, including identification of parametric data available in a training environment to perform those measurements.  These measurements will provide the instructor with objective, evidence-based inputs to support performance assessment.  The research applied BGI’s expertise and experience in data science to alleviate current labor-intensive and subjective aircrew assessment and mission debriefing methods with automated mechanisms providing objective observations for an instructor to use in debrief.

During Phase II, BGI will continue with mission decomposition and begin prototyping the automated assessment system, including development of data visualizations that will allow aircrew, instructors, and mission planners to objectively and efficiently assess mission performance.  The prototyping effort will leverage BGI’s extensive history developing analysis and visualization systems combined with the Navy’s Next Generation Threat System (NGTS) to develop assessment capabilities in the Analysis and Reporting Tool (ART).  NGTS and the Navy’s Integrated Training Facility (ITF) at NAS Fallon, NV are BGI’s transition partners; Phase II efforts are focused upon delivering revolutionary technologies to the ITF to support large force Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) training exercises.

The Aircrew Performance Assessment project is a prime example of BGI’s business model, effectively integrating operational expertise with data science and engineering to deliver innovative, game-changing capabilities to the warfighter.

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