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Mission Essential Conversations : The Future of IO in the Military

By | May 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/EMBARGO: 19 May 2020

Mission Essential Releases Interview between General Tony Thomas, USSOCOM (R) and Major General Clay Hutmacher, USSOCOM (R) on the Future of IO in the Military

Tampa, FL, May 19, 2020 – On May 8, 2020, Mission Essential hosted a virtual interview between General Tony Thomas, USSOCOM, (R) and Major General Clay Hutmacher, USSOCOM, (R) to capture General Thomas’ thoughts on the current and future function of IO in our nation’s military actions. A recording of the interview is available today Monday, May 18.

General Thomas’ reflections come at a critical time in history when those who provide intelligence support to the U.S. military must remain nimble in response to an ever-evolving battlefield. “The integration of technology and human expertise has long been the focus of Mission Essential,” shared Bryan Hurley, Vice President at Mission Essential. “IO is a key component of global security today. The type and diversity of threats demand ongoing development and training.”

General Thomas, former Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), was one of the military’s earliest and staunchest advocates for applied Artificial Intelligence (AI) on the battlefield and was the first senior officer to appoint a Chief Data Officer to bring private sector solutions to the command.

ABOUT GENERAL THOMAS AND MAJOR GENERAL HUTMACHER

General Tony Thomas (R) recently retired after three years as the Commanding General for U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM). As the commander of SOCOM, he oversaw 85,000 troops and civilians deployed in over 100 countries. In his last two roles leading globally deployed forces, Gen. Thomas increased the focus on cyber and information operations. He is currently a venture partner at LUX Capital.

Major General Clay Hutmacher (R) retired in 2018 after a 40 year career as a United States Army Officer. Most recent assignments include Director of Operations in the U.S. Special Operation Command, Tampa, FL and MH-60 Direct Action Penetrator Platoon Leader for Delta Company. Upon retirement, MG Hutmacher assumed the role of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

ABOUT MISSION ESSENTIAL 

Mission Essential, founded by U.S. Army SOF veteran and current Chairman Gregory K. Miller, is a trusted partner to the Defense and Intelligence Communities, and a leading provider of language and cultural advisory services, intelligence analysis and operations support, ISR solutions and technology, and cyberspace superiority. Mission Essential executes prime contracts with numerous Intelligence Community members, as well as with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; U.S. Central, European, and Africa Commands; and the State Department. 

Mission Essential Passes ISO 9001: 2015 Certification Audit

By | May 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/EMBARGO: 15 May 2020

Mission Essential Passes International Organization of Standardization 9001: 2015 Certification Audit

Intelligence and Language Solutions Company Meets the International Standard that Specifies Requirements for a Quality Management System

HERNDON, Virginia, May 15, 2020 – Mission Essential is committed to providing services that meet all customer and regulatory requirements. To further that commitment, the company participated in the International Organization of Standardization (ISO) 9001: 2015 certification audit the week of April 27, 2020. Mission Essential passed the audit in record time and received the final certificate.

The adoption of a quality management system is a strategic decision for an organization that can help improve overall performance and provide a sound basis for sustainable development initiatives. ISO is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies. ISO 9001: 2015 allows Mission Essential to put quality processes in place throughout the company.

“Our organization is constantly looking for new ways to improve our processes and services for the benefit of our customers,” said Mission Essential, LLC President Al Pisani. “This certification is a reflection of the preparation, commitment, and hard work of this team and the strong systems we have in place.”

The certificate will continue to be reviewed through an annual audit.

ABOUT MISSION ESSENTIAL 

Mission Essential, founded by U.S. Army SOF veteran and current Chairman Gregory K. Miller, is a trusted partner to the Defense and Intelligence Communities, and a leading provider of language and cultural advisory services, intelligence analysis and operations support, ISR solutions and technology, and cyberspace superiority. Mission Essential executes prime contracts with numerous Intelligence Community members, as well as with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; U.S. Central, European, and Africa Commands; and the State Department. 

Employee Spotlight: Galena Seiler

By | May 1, 2020

Galena Seiler, a Mission Essential employee, has been sewing for years, primarily quilting. Since March 2020, when the COVID-19 pandemic swept the globe, Seiler has been using her skills for a different purpose: creating personal protective equipment (PPE) for her local community. Armed with a sewing machine and a purpose, Seiler began researching patterns through Pinterest and the Facebook group, Million Mask Challenge – Virginia/DC/Maryland. The group includes thousands of local citizens coming together to share tips, patterns, supplies, and advice.

At first, Seiler started creating masks out of her personal fabric stock (including her Harry Potter and Star Wars themed bolts), and her reserves were quickly exhausted. In need of supplies, Seiler turned to social media again, this time her neighborhood’s Facebook group. The response was overwhelming. In no time, neighbors began dropping necessary supplies like elastic and fabric off on her doorstep.

In addition to masks, Seiler has expanded her repertoire to include surgery caps and mask guards. Seiler and her 11-year-old daughter spend every weekend cutting, assembling, and sewing PPE for distribution around the community. She has even been creating masks for her coworkers!

“It feels good to be contributing when there is not much else I can do,” explained Seiler. “If masks make people safer at work, I am glad to give back.” Galena is a valued employee of Mission Essential. We commend her contributions to her community and are proud to have her as a member of our team.

New USAFE-AFAFRICA A&AS IV IDIQ Task Order

By | March 31, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/EMBARGO: 30 March 2020

Mission Essential, LLC Awarded New Task Order Under the USAFE-AFAFRICA A&AS IV IDIQ

The Company Will Provide Analytical, Technical, and Engineering Support on the Five-Year Contract

HERNDON, Virginia, March 30, 2020 – Mission Essential was awarded a new task order – Monolith Excelsior – under the USAFE-AFAFRICA A&AS IV IDIQ, the air component for both U.S. European Command (USEUCOM), and U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM). USAFE-AFAFRICA executes the Air Force, EUCOM and AFRICOM missions with forward-based airpower and infrastructure. The task order is a combination of existing work and new growth requirements. 

On Monolith Excelsior, Mission Essential will provide the United States Air Force’s 693d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group (ISRG), an intelligence unit located at Ramstein Air Base in Germany, with analytical, technical, and engineering support to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) mission requirements across EUCOM and AFRICOM. The company will provide ISR collection management, signals intelligence (SIGINT) analysis, geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) analysis, SSO support, training, infrastructure engineering, network and systems engineering, information systems security management, and cross-domain solutions engineering.

“Outstanding customer execution and customer satisfaction are two Mission Essential staples,” said Mission Essential President Al Pisani. “We are honored to continue cultivating our longstanding partnership with USAFE-AFAFRICA.”

The company will provide support in Germany on the five-year contract.

ABOUT MISSION ESSENTIAL

Mission Essential, founded by U.S. Army SOF veteran and current Chairman Gregory K. Miller, is an agile, trusted partner to the Defense and Intelligence communities, friendly foreign governments, and select private sector segments. The company is a leading provider of intelligence analysis and operations support, ISR solutions/technology, Cyberspace/Security superiority, Human Capital Management, and language and cultural advisory services. Mission Essential executes prime contracts with numerous Intelligence Community members, as well as with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; U.S. Central, European, and Africa Commands; and the State Department.

USAREUR Kosovo II Linguist Support Services

By | February 24, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/EMBARGO: 24 February 2020

Mission Essential, LLC Wins USAREUR Kosovo II Linguist Support Services under the DoD Language Interpretation and Translation Enterprise II (DLITE II)

The Intelligence and Language Solutions Company Provides Critical Linguist Support for the United States Army Europe on Kosovo Contract

HERNDON, Virginia, Feb. 24, 2020 – The Army Contracting Command – Detroit Arsenal (ACC-DTA) awarded Herndon, Virginia-based Mission Essential, LLC, a contract to provide critical linguist support to U.S. Armed Forces in the Republic of Kosovo.

The contract will support USAREUR armed forces deployed as a part of a multinational brigade peacekeeping force, under the Kosovo Force (KFOR). KFOR is a NATO-led international peacekeeping force in Kosovo. Mission Essential, a global provider of intelligence and language solutions, will execute the five-year contract.

“Mission Essential has a rich history of providing unparalleled language and cultural services to the United States Armed Forces,” said Mission Essential President Al Pisani. “We are proud to contribute our linguistic expertise to our servicemen and women in Kosovo. This award continues our strong and long-standing partnership with the United States European Command.”

The company will staff linguist positions placed at three main operating bases throughout Kosovo.

ABOUT MISSION ESSENTIAL

Mission Essential, founded by U.S. Army SOF veteran and current Chairman Gregory K. Miller, an agile trusted partner to the Defense and Intelligence communities, friendly foreign governments, and select private sector segments. The company is a leading provider of intelligence analysis and operations support, ISR solutions/technology, Cyberspace/Security superiority, Human Capital Management, and language and cultural advisory services. Mission Essential executes prime contracts with numerous Intelligence Community members, as well as with the U.S. Army, Navy, and Air Force; U.S. Central, European, and Africa Commands; and the State Department.

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