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Mission Essential Team Voted Best Recruiters

By Teresa Guzik | December 10, 2020

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, December 10, 2020 –  At a Polygraph Cleared Job Fair hosted by ClearedJobs.Net on Wednesday, December 9, Mission Essential recruiters Carrie Collins, Crystal Mitchell, and Phillip Yergin were voted “Best Recruiters” by job seekers.

These three team members, and our entire group of best-in-class recruiters, work tirelessly to provide exceptional support and solutions for candidates. Thank you for your hard work and congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!

If you are interested in joining the Mission Essential team, check out our Careers page here.

Mission Essential Hosts Whiskey Salute to Major General (Ret.) Clay Hutmacher and the Special Operations Warrior Foundation

By Teresa Guzik | November 11, 2020

Mission Essential celebrated Major General (Ret.) Clay Hutmacher who serves as the President and CEO of SOWF.

HERNDON, Virginia, November 11, 2020 – On November 10, Mission Essential hosted a hybrid virtual and in-person, socially distanced whiskey tasting to honor the President and CEO of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation (SOWF), Major General Clay Hutmacher, and the 40th anniversary of the philanthropic organization. The in-person event was held at Chef Warren’s Market and Bistro in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

SOWF ensures full post-secondary educational support to surviving children of special operations personnel and immediate financial assistance to severely wounded special operations personnel. SOWF provides students with tools for educational success, including preschool funding, academic counseling, private tutoring, college planning, coaching and mentoring, and college-to-career transition. 

During his two years at the organization’s helm, Major General Hutmacher has made a significant impact.

  • Extended the eligibility criteria to include children of all Medal of Honor recipients, living and deceased.
  • Expanded eligibility criteria for immediate financial assistance to include SOCOM personnel with Category III illnesses, in addition to those wounded in combat and injured in training.
  • Established a program to fund education programs for eligible special needs students. Established an Ambassador program to expand the SOWF family and network nationally.

Participants enjoyed comments from Major General Hutmacher’s friends and colleagues, including Major General Mark Clark, whiskey trivia, and conversation.

The whiskey tasting was led by Leatherwood Distillery. The distillery is owned by Andy Lang, a 24-year vet, Army Special Forces, and his Partner Masoud Rezai, a North Afghanistan native and interpreter for the U.S. Armed Forces. They met in Afghanistan in 2011. Virtual attendees sipped samplers sent directly to their home live on Zoom.

Mission Essential is honored to support the SOWF mission.

ABOUT THE MISSION ESSENTIAL GROUP

The Mission Essential Group, 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. With home offices in Columbus Ohio and Herndon Virginia, The Mission Essential Group’s global footprint encompasses over 45 countries and 17 domestic U.S. locations.

2020 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards Finalists

By Teresa Guzik | November 9, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, November 9, 2020 –  Mission Essential is proud to announce that two employees were selected as finalists in the 2020 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Awards, which honors businesses and individuals spurring innovation for federal government clients across D.C.

Mission Essential’s Vice President of Language and Training Programs, John Doran, was nominated in the DOD Industry Executive of the Year category. Doran joined the Mission Essential team in 2008 as a senior project manager stationed at Fort Gordon in Georgia. Throughout the years, he established himself as a strategic and motivated leaders in multiple positions within the company. In 2019, Doran was tapped to lead Mission Essential’s largest business unit, language services. Doran’s dedication to Mission Essential’s customers, his employees, and the mission is what truly sets him apart as an executive.

Mary Harmer, Mission Essential’s Vice President of Human Resources was nominated in the HR Executive of the Year – Small category. Harmer joined Mission Essential in 2009 and oversees the company’s HR, benefits, HRIS, labor relations and training activities. With an eye for strategy and the long-term health of the company and its employees, Harmer has led the company’s HR Team through the multitude of challenges Mission Essential faces as a diverse and global company.

The winners will be announced at the 2020 Pinnacle Awards on Thursday, November 12. Congratulations and good luck, finalists!

Mission Essential Conversations: Great Power Competition – Extremists

By Teresa Guzik | November 5, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, November 5, 2020 – Mission Essential premiered part final part of discussion between General Tony Thomas, the 11th Commander of US SOCOM, and Major General Clay Hutmacher, who served 40 years in uniform before becoming the President and Chief Executive of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Throughout the series, the decorated duo discussed the U.S. strategy orientation often referred to as a “2+3” strategy – a strategy for countering two primary global powers – China and Russia – and three additional challenges – North Korea, Iran, and extremist groups. General Thomas describes the current positioning with these powers as “arguably the most strategically challenging moment in my lifetime, if not the history of our country.”

Both General Thomas and Major General Hutmacher were mired with the dealings of violent extremists groups during their tenure with the United States Military, especially after 9/11. “When people ask me if we’re winning or losing [against extremists groups] my flip response is, ‘have we had another 9/11?’’ Explained General Thomas. “It isn’t because the bad guys haven’t tried. It’s because we’re playing a really aggressive away game.”

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: Great Power Competition – DPRK & Iran

By Teresa Guzik | November 4, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, November 4, 2020 – Mission Essential premiered part three of a four-part discussion between General Tony Thomas, the 11th Commander of US SOCOM, and Major General Clay Hutmacher, who served 40 years in uniform before becoming the President and Chief Executive of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Throughout the series, the decorated duo discussed the U.S. strategy orientation often referred to as a “2+3” strategy – a strategy for countering two primary global powers – China and Russia – and three additional challenges – North Korea, Iran, and extremist groups. General Thomas describes the current positioning with these powers as “arguably the most strategically challenging moment in my lifetime, if not the history of our country.”

For the third part of the webinar series General Thomas explored the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Iran, smaller, yet still significant threats to the United States in the world of Great Power Competition.

During the conversation, General Thomas made sure to point out that each Great Power in the strategy is interwoven with each other. For example, Russia’s current partnership with China. “[Russia and China] are melded together with one advisory, the United States,” said General Thomas. “Do I think this deal will last for long? No. In fact, I think China is using Russia as a springboard and will leave them in the dust as they continue to climb.”

Join Mission Essential tomorrow for Part 4 of the Great Power Competition: Extremists groups.

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: Great Power Competition – Russia

By Teresa Guzik | October 28, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, October 28, 2020 – Mission Essential premiered part two of a four-part discussion between General Tony Thomas, the 11th Commander of US SOCOM, and Major General Clay Hutmacher, who served 40 years in uniform before becoming the President and Chief Executive of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Throughout the series, the decorated duo discussed the U.S. strategy orientation often referred to as a “2+3” strategy – a strategy for countering two primary global powers – China and Russia – and three additional challenges – North Korea, Iran, and extremist groups. General Thomas describes the current positioning with these powers as “arguably the most strategically challenging moment in my lifetime, if not the history of our country.”

In part two, General Thomas explored Russia, a military and historic superpower. The discussion covered Russia’s rise to power, their partnership with China, and much more.

During the conversation, General Thomas made sure to point out that each Great Power in the strategy is interwoven with each other. For example, Russia’s current partnership with China. “[Russia and China] are melded together with one advisory, the United States,” said General Thomas. “Do I think this deal will last for long? No. In fact, I think China is using Russia as a springboard and will leave them in the dust as they continue to climb.”

Join Mission Essential next week for Part 3 & 4 of the Great Power Competition: DPRK & Iran and Extremists groups.

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: Great Power Competition – China

By Teresa Guzik | October 21, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, October 21, 2020 – Mission Essential premiered part one of a four-part discussion between General Tony Thomas, the 11th Commander of US SOCOM, and Major General Clay Hutmacher, who served 40 years in uniform before becoming the President and Chief Executive of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

Throughout the series, the decorated duo discussed the U.S. strategy orientation often referred to as a “2+3” strategy – a strategy for countering two primary global powers – China and Russia – and three additional challenges – North Korea, Iran, and extremist groups. General Thomas describes the current positioning with these powers as “arguably the most strategically challenging moment in my lifetime, if not the history of our country.”

Part one kicked off with an in-depth look at China, the preeminent threat to the United States. General Thomas assessed China’s threat level, strategic goals, strengths and vulnerabilities, and much more.

When discussing China’s strategic aspirations, General Thomas said, “China becomes a rich, powerful, respected nation. They undo 100 years of shame. They return to prominence; and that they rectify what they call territorial challenges,” he explained. “[It’s] a very specific plan, it’s out there.”

Join Mission Essential next week for Part 2 of the Great Power Competition: Russia.

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: The Iran Dilemma

By Teresa Guzik | October 12, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, October 12, 2020 – Mission Essential premiered its first two-part conversation featuring Col. Sean Corrigan (R), interviewed by Major General Clay Hutmacher (R). Col. Corrigan, a 30-year veteran of the United States Army, discussed the current dilemma the United States faces with Iran and the potential future of US – Iran relations.

Col. Corrigan’s expertise on Iran and the Middle East comes from his time as the Commander of a task force dedicated to countering malign Iranian influence in Iraq. He was also the Commander of all US Special Forces in Yemen from 2012-13 when Iranian-backed Houthi rebels attempted to seize the US embassy days after the Benghazi consulate. His first-hand experience observing Iranian irregular warfare activities in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, combined with his academic research background, gave him a unique perspective on Iran’s relations with the US and the region.

“The biggest threat [to the IRGC] is internal, a velvet revolution… an imposed internal revolution sponsored by the likes of the US or the UK or whomever,” said Corrigan. “They’re worried more about their own people than they are about us.”

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: From the Field with Former Linguist, Joe L.

By Teresa Guzik | September 3, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, September 3, 2020 – On Wednesday, September 2, Mission Essential premiered an in-depth conversation with former linguist Joe L. Joe, a Pakistani American, is fluent in Pashto, Urdu, and Hindi.

Throughout the broadcast, Joe speaks passionately about his three years embedded with US troops and intelligence officials in Afghanistan, serving as a Mission Essential employee, translator, and political advisor. He served as a liaison between the US and Afghan governments and conducted interrogations and intelligence gathering of interned Taliban and al-Qaeda enemy combatants.

“I could see the impact we were having in Afghanistan,” said Joe. “You’re not reading about this stuff from thousands of miles away, you’re immersed in the environment. You’re involved in the work. You’re having a direct impact on a mission.”

Following his dynamic life and career, Joe details many of experiences from growing up in the Bronx to interpreting as a Mission Essential employee alongside Green Berets, then to his commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Army.

“You’re bringing strangers from different corners of the world together for a mission. Lives are on the line and it is your responsibility to cultivate that relationship as a linguist,” said Joe.

This interview is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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 Conversations: SOF Linguists – Missions, Wins, and Opportunities

By Teresa Guzik | July 30, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, July 30, 2020 – On July 13, Mission Essential hosted a virtual roundtable moderated by Bryan Hurley, Mission Essential VP of Business Development. Hurley was joined by two experienced SOF linguists, Ross and ‘Ahmad,’ and Mission Essential Director for European Operations Intelligence & Language Programs Jeff Malcolm. The seasoned group of professionals discussed their time in the field and the role of linguists in SOF success. A recording of the interview was livestreamed via YouTube on July 28.

Ross and Ahmad have years of experience working with special operations in multiple capacities. Both linguists have provided critical support to warfighters as a part of the Mission Essential team in Afghanistan.

The group discussed the vital services linguists provide for their teams, outside exceptional translation services, throughout the roundtable. Malcolm explained, “When we send a linguist out… [and] they’re in a situation, they are expected to do a lot of other things, including cultural advisory services… I hear consistently from the customer that the cultural perspective that the linguists bring is absolutely critical to mission success.”

Ross, drawing on his years working with Mission Essential, explained further, “As a linguist, there are some keywords and dialects we all have to learn to accommodate the diversity we see on missions… You have to be prepared physically and mentally… warzone ready.”

“Being a linguist is not just the ability to speak a language; it has so many other factors that one needs to learn in the practical world on a day-to-day basis.” Ahmad said, “I wear many hats. Whether it’s cultural advisor, team player, another set of eyes to ensure that we, the team, are secure.”

This roundtable is a part of a larger webinar series, Mission Essential Conversations: A SITREP to trending matters of language and intel affairs.

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.