BGI started in 1994 with a blend of passion and expertise from years of tactical aviation in the United States Air Force. We emerged by combining that history with opportunities in the aviation industry.Read More
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. 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!
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.
September 2020 is the second annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM)! BGI recognizes the seriousness of the insider threat and is promoting heightened awareness and encouragement to its employees to report anomalous activities. Early intervention leads to positive outcomes for individuals and organizations.
The theme for NITAM this year is “Resilience,” the intangible quality that allows us to face adversity and come back at least as strong as before. Insider Threat programs promote personal resilience to mitigate risks associated with insider threats. Personal and organizational resilience is more important than ever, as we contend with significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
BGI proposed an innovative solution to streamline the development of newly-winged pilots into Combat-Ready Aviators. Teamed with Two Blue Aces LLC, BGI submitted a unique Pilot Coaching plan centered on connecting elite combat-veteran coaches with individual FTU pilots to develop the human capital required in future combat aviation using modern, standardized and integrated tools. Our coaches enhance the individual’s critical combat training skills as well as the development of their warrior ethos. The result of this process, which is scalable across the CAF, develops more capable wingmen and a stronger foundation for future Air Force leadership.
The BGI/TBA team delivers a powerful mix of personalized coaches including tactically relevant F-16 SMEs and former senior Air Force leaders to a class of pilots in the fighter pipeline. Hand-selected coaches pair with students at the beginning of an F-16 basic course class and follow them through the CMR check-ride. These coaches provide tools/skills for students to develop critical thinking abilities and airborne leadership skills while instilling a strong sense of USAF aviation heritage and culture. The coaches cultivate growth of individual pilot’s strengths and improve weaknesses identified in the process.
During each syllabus phase, coaches schedule mentoring blocks within each training module. These coaching sessions provide extensive depth and perspective to the F-16’s mission and the wingman’s role in complex combat missions. Active coaching complements traditional training by providing a unique and innovative additive to pilot development.
All information exchanges are collected and available to be data-mined for future use and process improvement. The program will be validated using objective syllabus completion data and subjective exit interviews. Student pilots and combat unit leadership will complete surveys related to pilot critical thinking skills, maturity and overall combat mission readiness.
As additional value to the Air Force, these relationships will endure throughout the pilots’ Air Force career, allowing the seeds of change to thrive from within. Combat squadrons require unique cohesion as well as a common operating picture. In previous generations, this was done organically and occurred naturally with a much larger fighting force and breadth of experience. Today’s combat squadrons are increasingly less experienced due to increased operations tempo, reduced manning, accelerated syllabi and overall less “touchpoints” for culture enrichment and coaching opportunities.
This holistic approach to combat aviator development, readiness and leadership will accelerate proficiency, reduce the re-fly rate and result in definitive cost/time savings. This model is applicable across the combat aviator training spectrum. It can be an integrated effort across Air Combat, Global Strike, Training, Mobility and Special Operations commands.
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.”
After graduating college, I was very eager to start my career and finally join the workforce. I could not wait to apply the knowledge I had learned into real world projects. When I was offered a job to join BGI as a software engineer, I knew just how great of an opportunity I was given, having been an intern for two summers.
On my first project as an engineer, I was tasked to work on the ARC (Analysis and Reporting Client) software. ARC provides a mechanism to analyze, visualize and report on flight data. The codebase traces back almost 10 years, so it is a software that has been sustained for a while. I gained immense knowledge just by working through the codebase and understanding how the software functions.
Since many of BGI’s software projects are composed of smaller teams, most of the engineers get to work on all sides of development. This means that one week I may be creating tests or debugging an issue, while the next week I might be writing scripts for data analysis. This helped me understand how different software components interface, making me a well-rounded engineer.
In addition to engineering work, I was given the opportunity train end users on the ARC in Pax River. Getting the chance to meet the customer and educate them on how to use our software illustrated to me how much of an impact our daily work has in the field. I really enjoyed the experience of being a teacher for a week.
After spending about a year working on ARC, I joined the APA (Aircrew Performance Assessment) project. This software is early in development. I am doing much more architecture and design on this project. I am always looking to challenge myself and am glad that BGI gives me the possibility to explore new areas of software engineering. This makes work stimulating and interesting.
The technology is fun and engaging, but it’s my fellow employees that makes BGI an amazing workplace. Whether it is asking questions about programming or hanging out at a social gathering and talking about how bad the Cleveland Browns are, my co-workers make the working environment exciting and enjoying. I can go to any one of my co-workers for assistance and questions on anything, not just programming, and they will dedicate their time on helping me find the right answer. Having this bond with my co-workers is something I cherish and am grateful to hold. I could not have asked for a better start to my career and I look forward to the future of expanding my engineering knowledge and relationships at BGI.
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.”
Contractor information systems that store government data, referred to as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and/or Covered Defense Information (CDI), will soon have to meet the security standards of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). In January, version 1.0 of the CMMC was released. This is a crucial step in DoD’s efforts to ensure that the supply chain is more secure. All contractors that do business with the DoD will be subject to this compliance.
The CMMC will fortify the requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause that specifies the NIST security controls (SP 800-171) implementation. The CMMC model contains five levels of cybersecurity maturity, which will be certified by a third party auditor. If CUI and/or CDI is stored on the contractor’s system, “level 3” will be required. More information on CMMC can be found at, https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/draft.html.
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.