BGI Becomes DoD SkillBridge Partner

BGI is proud to become an authorized SkillBridge Organization.  SkillBridge is an opportunity for Service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, or internships during the last 180 days of military service prior to release from Active Duty. SkillBridge connects Service members with industry partners and real-world job experiences that are designed to aid the Service Member in finding meaningful and gainful employment after discharge. The duration of a SkillBridge program must not be more than 180 days and must occur during a participating Service member’s last 180 days on active duty in accordance with guidance described in DOD Instruction 1322.29.


More information regarding the program may be found at  Specific BGI internship opportunities are located at



BGI to Attend 2023 Sea Air Space Global Exposition

BGI, LLC will attend the 2023 Sea Air Space Global Exposition in National Harbor, MD this year in force.  This is the largest Maritime Expo in the United States. Sea Air Space brings the U.S. defense industry and key military decision makers together for three days of informative education sessions, important policy discussions and a dynamic exhibit hall floor. The Navy League of the United States owns and produces the event that attracts maritime leaders from sea services around the globe. The event also gives industry a terrific chance to have dialogue with USN personnel and fellow industry members. Current times warrant addressing national security and BGI attending this forum is our opportunity to engage and ultimately provide solutions to the needs of the United States Navy.

We plan to use the time in National Harbor to address our core competencies and value add in the SEA, AIR and SPACE domains. We have found that exercising our core value of TEAMWORK has brought unique capabilities of organizations together to respond quickly to the needs of our customers.  We will have several attendees, Chris “Buck” Owens, Chief Growth Officer along with Greg Wadel, Vice President of Business Development and Chris “Towny” Townsend who will be primarily filing his volunteer Navy League Executive Officer position for the conference. Chris is poised to become the next Navy League National President in under 60 days.

Join us in this quest! Please contact Chief Growth Officer Chris “Buck” Owens via email at if you would like to engage with our team.


BGI to Attend AFA Warfare Symposium 2023 in Denver

BGI, LLC will attend the 2023 AFA’s Warfare Symposium (AWS) in Denver this year in force.  Yes, the conference has moved from Orlando to Denver and will be held March 6-8 2023. The 2023 theme is: “Dominant Air & Space Forces to Deter, Fight & Win.” Our team is prepared to engage with AFA Conference attendees to focus on this conference theme of existing and pipeline opportunities in support of the warfighter. The AWS is a premier professional development event for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force as well as the aerospace and defense industry that supports them. We see that the emphasis on “Space” is line abreast with “Air” and having the location in close proximity to Colorado Space activities will provide the desired synergy for Industry and the USG attendees. Attended by DOD officers, enlisted members, civilians, and veterans, this warfighting symposium will focus on the critical concerns and challenges of deterring, fighting and winning in every corner of the globe. Drawing speakers from combatant commands, as well as from the Air and Space forces, the symposium features opportunities to network, dynamic exhibits.

We plan to use the time in Denver to address our core competencies and value add in both the AIR and SPACE domains. We have found that exercising our core value of TEAMWORK has brought unique capabilities of organizations together to respond quickly to the needs of our customers.  We will have several attendees, Robert “Moose” Smith, Chris “X” Cross and Burt “Burt” Field. Bill “Kanga” Rew and Kevin “Omar” Bradley will be supporting customers directly but also available for BGI initiatives and discussion. Join us in this quest! Please contact Chief Growth Officer Chris “Buck” Owens via email at if you would like to engage with our team.


BGI Awarded New Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Contract

BGI LLC, Akron, Ohio has been awarded an up-to $900,000,000 ceiling, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the development of innovative approaches that bring multi-domain systems capabilities, the characterization of new technologies and systems through studies, recurrent demonstration and rapid development to enable rapid prototyping, and test and capability transition. The location of work performance will be determined at the contract direct order level and is expected to be completed December 2032. These awards are the result of full and open competition, and 94 responses were received. Fiscal 2022 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded to each contractor. Air Force Life Cycle Management, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the contracting activity.


BGI to attend The Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC)

BGI will attend the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in full force bringing key members from the BGI Growth team to meet with industry partners and warfighter customers. BGI CEO Phil Dismukes comments,”I/ITSEC is the annual tag up point that aligns with our strategic planning cycle giving us the ability to ensure customer focus as we build our action plans to accomplish our mission. This year’s I/ITSEC theme of accelerating change by transforming training falls right within the BGI Strategic Approach and Vision to do just this.”

I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training event. I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, professional workshops, a commercial exhibit hall, a serious games competition, and STEM events for teachers and secondary students. I/ITSEC is organized and sponsored by the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA), which promotes international and interdisciplinary cooperation within the fields of modeling and simulation (M&S), training, education, analysis, and related disciplines at this annual meeting. The NTSA is an affiliate subsidiary of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Hence, I/ITSEC also emphasizes themes related to defense and security.

BGI attendees will be available for discussion throughout the week with our annual BGI I/ITSEC kickoff social on Monday night. For information regarding working with BGI please contact Robert “Moose” Smith, or 702-994-0687.



BGI to be Awarded Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems Elite Supplier Status for 2021

Orlando, FL (October 12, 2022) – On 18 October, BGI, LLC (BGI) will be awarded the Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) “Elite Supplier” status for 2021, presented by the Training and Logistics Solutions (TLS) Line of Business (LOB) for excellent performance. The RMS Elite Supplier status award was introduced in 2018 to identify Lockheed Martin’s top-performing suppliers.

BGI has won the Elite Supplier Award in 2018, 2019, 2020, and now 2021. BGI was cited for demonstrating perfect or best-in-class quality and delivery performance for F-35 Subject Matter Expert (SME) support in addition to having an outstanding customer-focused approach when meeting RMS TLS LOB requirements. “BGI employees demonstrate steadfast professionalism, incredible work ethic, all-In attitudes all around, and comprehensive F-35 systems and tactics employment knowledge for USAF, USN, USMC, and foreign partner F-35 combat/training squadron flight simulator training tasks, and they deliver this excellence to the customer every day,” states BGI CEO and Founder, Phil Dismukes. BGI previously received the Lockheed Martin Simulation Training & Support Small Business of the Year Award in 2005 and 2007.

BGI draws from a deep well of tactical aviation and simulator program expertise gained from military and private sector experience to create new simulator capabilities complimenting RMS’s foundation of programmatic and engineering excellence. Supporting the LM team since 1997, BGI has provided over 40,000 fighter flight hours of on-demand pilot and maintenance SME expertise – both on-site and worldwide – to 13 countries (UAE, Turkey, Japan, Romania, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Australia, Netherland, and Israel) and counting. Often asked for by name and integrated at every program milestone level, BGI is recognized by LM employees, government representatives, industry partners, and end-users as the SMEs of choice to deliver quality training systems support.

BGI CEO Phil Dismukes will sit on the conference panel addressing Elite performance with Vice President Abby Lilly. He further states: “We are grateful to be part of the team delivering high quality integrated operational and technical expertise to the warfighter. These training devices and their utilization are critical to the overall execution of 4th and 5th Generation Fighter missions and operations around the world. This award recognizes BGI’s commitment to our mission statement and having done this now for four years in a row is a solid testimony to the BGI team.”



Be Ready So You Don’t Have to Get Ready! – BGI Attends the AFA’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference (ASCC)

BE READY so you don’t have to get ready”

BGI will be attending the AFA’s Air, Space, & Cyber Conference (ASCC) in full force this year! ASCC is the leading professional development event for Air Force and Space Force officers, enlisted members, civilians, veterans, and defense industry leaders and representatives. The conference brings together top Air Force and Space Force leadership, industry experts, and government officials to discuss challenges facing the aerospace and cyber communities today and in the future. It is a fantastic way to collaborate with fellow industry members in a focused warfighter supporting environment.

BGI CEO Phil Dismukes comments, “We are fortunate to be providing direct training and engineering support to the USAF on the F-35, F-22, F-16, B-1, B-52, A-10, EC-130, MQ-9 platforms as well as to the USAF Weapons School.  We are being responsive to SECAF and USAF Leadership to always BE READY so that we don’t have to get ready. I’m proud to be joined by Robert “Moose” Smith and Chris “X” Cross along with BGI Senior Advisors Kevin “Omar” Bradley and Bill “Kanga” Rew. We are ready to engage partners and customers in National Harbor to respond to the challenges ahead to be ready!”

Please reach out if you would like to meet or revisit with the BGI team. is our AFA team leader for 2022.


Christopher “Towny” Townsend Named Navy League of the United States (NLUS) National President

BGI Senior Business Development Manager, Christopher “Towny” Townsend (Commander ret.) was elected aa the National President of the Navy League of the United States (NLUS) during the national convention in June. He will serve the remainder of this year as President-elect, alongside the current President, David J. Reilly, and at next year’s national convention, Towny will take office as the 52nd President and begin executing what is expected to be an aggressive agenda during his two-year term in this key leadership role. Read more about Towny, his time as  Central Florida Navy League President and his transition to NLUS National President at the link below! From all your fellow BGI employees, Congratulations Towny. The United States Navy and our nation just got a little bit better.




BGI-Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) JV LLC FTSS V Lot 1 IDIQ Award

BGI-Aero Simulation Inc. (ASI) JV LLC, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (N6134022D1002) are awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract with the estimated aggregate ceiling of $1,310,000,000.  The contract provides sustainment services and training requirements in support of fielded training systems to include, training simulator contractor operation and maintenance services and contractor instructional services, with minor training simulator modifications, training simulator relocations, training systems management, in-service engineering office support, spares/product support, and other related support services performed ancillary to contractor operation and maintenance services and contractor instructional services for the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. Companies have an opportunity to compete for individual orders.  Percentages for work performed at each location is unknown until award of task orders under this contract, however, work will be performed at Navy installations in Mayport, Florida; Norfolk, Virginia; Jacksonville, Florida; Whidbey Island, Washington; Key West, Florida; Fallon, Nevada; Pensacola, Florida; Lakehurst, New Jersey; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ft. Worth, Texas; Naval Submarine Base New London Groton, Connecticut; and U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, North Carolina, and is expected to be completed in August 2027. No funds will be obligated at the time of award. Funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. This contract was competitively procured via an electronic request for proposal, seven offers were received, as well as, as a small business set aside request for proposal; two offers were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.


AVIX-BGI JV II LLC Awarded F-16 Weapon System Simulator Training and Support Services Contract

Avix-BGI JV II LLC, Yorktown, Virginia, was awarded a $9,993,229 firm-fixed-price contract to provide weapons system simulator training and support for domestic and international combat-capable aircrews. Bids were solicited via the internet with six received. Work will be performed in Lackland, Texas, and Tucson, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 2, 2028. Fiscal 2022 operation and maintenance, Air National Guard funds in the amount of $9,993,229 were obligated at the time of the award. U.S. National Guard Bureau’s Directorate of Acquisitions, Operational Contracting Division, Arlington, Virginia, is the contracting activity (W9133L-22-C-3007).