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...

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...

The Mission Essential Group Launches Mission Essential Intelligence Solutions (MEIS)

By Teresa Guzik | July 9, 2020

HERNDON, Virginia, July 9, 2020 – The Mission Essential Group has united its two intelligence business units, IMT LLC and Mission Essential’s Intel Analytics organization, to form Mission Essential Intelligence Solutions (MEIS). The new intel center of excellence will make an immediate impact on Mission Essential’s already substantive intel business in the rapidly growing $200B intelligence and C4ISR fields. Over its 17-year history, The Mission Essential Group has successfully recruited more than 47,000 skilled professionals to mission critical assignments with almost half of those serving the intel space. Additionally, its IMT business unit has been the lead provider of technical engineering support to the Integrated Broadcast Service (IBS) since 2006. The company’s intelligence sector has been its fastest-growing line of business for several years, and MEIS will capitalize on its experience and top talent to enable further acceleration of its expansion. Accompanying the creation of MEIS is a new, more...

Mission Essential: Salute to Service

By Teresa Guzik | July 4, 2020

Happy 4th of July from Mission Essential! While we appreciate and respect the sacrifices made by our military service members every day, America’s Independence Day is a special time for celebration, reflection, gratitude, and remembrance. This week, Mission Essential highlighted a few of our veteran employees. Each person discussed their time in the service and described how they continue to serve their country through their work. We are proud that Mission Essential’s enterprise workforce is comprised of 36% veterans. Thank you to all the men and women who have served in our military and those currently serving. We hope you have a safe and joyful holiday. Jennifer LaBarge, Site Lead – US Air Force Veteran Brittany McQuade, Senior Security Manager/FSO – US Navy Veteran Ralph Miller, Sr. Project Advisor – US Army Veteran Dave Slovina, Haystack LLC, President – US Navy Veteran David Thomas, Senior Recruiting Specialist – US Navy...

Mission Essential Conversations: SOF Experience with Linguists

By Teresa Guzik | June 19, 2020

FOR IMMIDIATE RELEASE/EMBARGO: 19 June 2020 The discussion was moderated Colonel Mike Kershner, US Army Special Forces (R) and panelists Colonel Andy Milburn, United States Marine Corps (R), and Colonel Dave Maxwell U.S. Army Special Forces (R). Herndon, Virginia, June, 19, 2020 – On June 5, 2020, Mission Essential hosted a virtual panel, SOF Experience with Linguists: Understanding and Navigating the Human Domain, moderated by Colonel Mike Kershner, US Army Special Forces (R). He was joined by panelists Colonel Andy Milburn, United States Marine Corps (R), and Colonel Dave Maxwell U.S. Army Special Forces (R). The group discussed in-depth cultural intelligence, understanding the human element in linguistics, and many other topics vital to USSOCOM today. A recording of the interview was livestreamed via YouTube on June 17. All the panel participants have extensive Special Forces backgrounds and utilized linguists often during their time in the service. Kershner, who spent more...

Mission Essential’s Commitment Through COVID-19

By Teresa Guzik | May 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has already irrevocably transformed our world, and the change is not complete. During this time of crisis, Mission Essential continues to inform and empower our communities and help spread compassion. Each day is an unknown, but together we are adapting, and together are weathering the storm. While so many are facing fear and physical isolation, it is critical to remind ourselves that we’re part of a greater, global community. Our objective is to emerge from this crisis with the tools to help build a better world. Mission Essential is working tirelessly to provide the highest level of service to our employees, our customers, and our communities. Stay strong. Stay safe.

Mission Essential Conversations : The Future of IO in the Military

By Teresa Guzik | 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....

Mission Essential Passes ISO 9001: 2015 Certification Audit

By Teresa Guzik | 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...

Employee Spotlight: Galena Seiler

By Teresa Guzik | 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...


By Teresa Guzik | 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,...