CHA’s innovative C-ARTS system is leading the headlines again. FOA, the Fiber Optic Association, Inc., featured an article about CHA’s newest technology in its September online newsletter. The article focuses on the way C-ARTS is changing how the Navy will train personnel going forward and announces that FOA, working with CACI International, is slated to provide fiber optic training within the C-ARTS-specific-designed Lighthouse system. In addition, FOA has received permission to offer fiber optics technician certification through the Navy’s COOL program. Yet another way CHA is revolutionizing military training.
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Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Admiral Bill Moran toured the Navy’s newest delivery approach to Ready Relevant Learning July 24 in the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) at Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in Virginia Beach, Va. He was interested in the mobile and reconfigurable training delivery system, an advanced electronic classroom and associated lab packed with the latest virtual reality capabilities and built on technologies developed under the Navy’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.
Specifically targeting CVN 78 training, Cape Henry Associates developed these state-of-the-art mobile training systems under the guidance of PMS 378L’s Training Manager as a potential part of the Sailor 2025 initiative. Admiral Moran formerly served as the 57th Chief of Naval Personnel where his duties included planning and programming for all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources for the U.S. Navy. Visiting and experiencing the new C-ARTS was an extension of his passion to ensure all naval personnel have the best, most effective training available. Admiral Moran shared that he enjoyed the presentations and his tour, including his interactions with the Sailors from CVN 78. He also shared that the 16-month concept-to-reality development schedule and innovative acquisition strategy was “really impressive” and offered the team encouragement. “Last year at I/ITSEC, I said I wanted a holodeck. We’re almost there.”
John Jackson, CHA’s chief executive officer, said, “It was a tremendous opportunity to show the Vice CNO how Cape Henry worked with real-world Navy customers to utilize our SBIR technology in support of the Navy’s strategic direction for training Sailors. We hope this visit demonstrated Cape Henry’s dedication to supporting the Navy through transition from legacy training modalities to enhanced techniques and technologies that drive Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) and the Sailor 2025 initiative.” The VCNO’s visit highlights the potential impact C-ARTS can have on bringing training capabilities into the 21st century and beyond.
Today Cape Henry Associates (CHA) celebrated the official delivery and acceptance of the revolutionary Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). PEO Carriers hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, complete with open house tours of the new mobile training system. CHA was the prime contractor and lead system integrator in the development and production of the C-ARTS mobile units.
C-ARTS is the realization of an effort to improve the types and kinds of training readily available to naval personnel in response to the Navy’s Sailor 2025 training concept. The “Ready Relevant Learning” C-ARTS provides in the form of a High Velocity Learning Environment is both reconfigurable and state-of-art, incorporating a wide variety of academic and hands-on learning with advanced virtual and augmented reality technology.
Today’s event featured one of two C-ARTS trailers delivered this quarter. For the duration of 2018, the mobile units will reside in Newport News, Va. In 2019, the two trailers, along with two more, will move to their new home at Naval Station Norfolk. C-ARTS currently supports CVN 78 crews, with a long-term goal of providing training support across the Department of the Navy.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – October 19, 2017 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded a $4.2 million task order under a previously awarded $49.1 million contract for the design, development, and delivery of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Lighthouse technology product. Lighthouse HVLE C-ARTS supports the realization of the Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative as part of Sailor 2025 and moves training closer to the point and time of need. From the instructor controls and scheduling to the virtual reality repositories and student analyses, Lighthouse provides all control and access functions to a C-ARTS system-of-systems specifically designed to deliver the most advanced learning content available. Under this task order, Lighthouse is being further developed for inclusion of the Experience Application Program Interface, or xAPI.
“This task order is exceptionally special to us here at CHA, as it validates the incredible scope and potential for Lighthouse utilization,” says Chuck Wythe, chief revenue officer. “The SBIR pedigree of Lighthouse gives program managers the authority to contract with CHA on a sole-source basis for the technology under the SBIR phase III guidelines. It is a success story for the SBIR program and one we intend to repeat. Utilization of Lighthouse within Manpower Personnel and Training initiatives provides for unprecedented exposure to discrete data associated with a final training system or solution. We can link truly empirical data such as platform mission requirements all the way through to a learning event. This type of provenance combined with training system production analytics provides decision makers with better data, and the ability to make better decisions. The Lighthouse HVLE as delivered for the C-ARTS program will be the most advanced, empirical data-driven training technology agnostic, reconfigurable, mobile learning solution available.”
About Cape Henry Associates:
Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in Manpower Analysis, Personnel Analysis, and Training (MPT) services. Cape Henry Associates is a SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle holder and owns a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology, Lighthouse, for sole source contracting for MPT products and services. We employ a staff of more than 150 people, 69% of whom are veterans. With an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.
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Cape Henry Associates (CHA) Vice President Charlie Arrants attended iFest 2017 last week, representing CHA and in support of CHA’s role in NAVSEA’s Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Lighthouse SBIR Phase III technology.
Eric Davis is our stellar Project Lead for manpower, personnel, and training development plans. That is, Eric is instrumental in the development of new and groundbreaking training and support mechanisms for our clients. He is a U.S. Navy veteran who is making a second career out of supporting our military via CHA, where he has now been for almost three years – ok, 2 years and 10 months (he’s a stickler for particulars).
It’s no surprise Eric’s favorite thing about working at CHA is the flexibility that all employees enjoy. It’s that flexibility that helps breed creativity and a passionate desire to provide our clients with the absolute best products. Eric, as project lead, not only benefits from that flexibility but fosters that creativity and fluidity in others. As humble as he is, Eric probably wouldn’t put it quite like that, but those of us lucky enough to work with him know it’s true.
Eric is fun and outgoing and loves a good laugh. Although he can be a man of few words if asked to discuss himself, he makes coming to work something to look forward to. We’re not necessarily saying Mondays are lauded, but Eric definitely makes it easier to say goodbye to the weekend!
Eric is married with four children ranging in age from 21 all the way down to 8. He is, understandably, incredibly proud of all his children from his oldest, Demetrius, a senior at Virginia Commonwealth University and one of their rugby players, to his daughter who is a sophomore at the University of South Florida, to his two younger children who love soccer and track and field and excel at their school in Chesapeake. It doesn’t take long once you meet Eric to understand how important family is to him and how much he enjoys his time with them.
Eric’s hobbies, beyond his family time, include fishing and coaching youth sports. We love that Eric is so giving of his time to not only his family, but to other kids in the community. It’s truly a hallmark of who he is.
Eric believes CHA will continue to be at the forefront of training solutions for military and government customers in the future, propelled largely by C-ARTS, which continues to rack up accolades as it revolutionizes training for the U.S. Navy. We’re confident that with Eric on board CHA’s products and solutions will be innovative and defiant of expectations.
Eric thinks it’s a “secret” that he likes to work with his hands. But given that he loves to coach and fish, it might be more common knowledge than he thinks. Whatever the case, the next time you stop by the office find Eric and ask him about his favorite fishing spots. He may not tell you, but he might let you in on what lures he uses. Maybe. Who knows, maybe your questions will lead him down the rabbit hole to the next CHA training product. Eric’s mind works in truly flexible ways!
This installment of “Who in the world of CHA” features Samantha Nerys, one of our very talented Human Systems Integration Analysts. Samantha, or Sam, has been with CHA for two years as of this past August. She spends her time here determining how many Sailors are needed where, for what purpose, and what training they’ll need to best support the capabilities of their current ship. This is especially close to her heart as Sam is a veteran of the Navy, having spent eight years serving her country and ending her career as an Operations Specialist 2nd class (SW/AW).
Sam says her favorite thing about CHA is the flexibility allowed for the crucial family/work-life balance. Since CHA very firmly believes happy, well-balanced employees are the best employees, we’re glad Sam finds this such a significant draw. Sam will tell you she’s extremely introverted, but we’re not sure we believe her. She does have a tendency to keep to herself and really observe when she first meets a new person, but once she knows you it’s like she’s known you forever! Absolutely every topic under the sun will come up and you’ll probably find yourself laughing quite a bit. In other words, she fits right in here at CHA.
When she’s not enlivening our offices, Sam stays extremely busy as the married mother of two active boys. She loves how busy they keep her, especially when they’re experiencing new things, like this year when the family explored Mexico together and swam with dolphins. When asked what her favorite thing is about her boys she said, “They are fearless and each day they help to ease some of my own fears!”
Speaking of fears (or not), Sam loves international travel. She feels blessed that the Navy sent her around the world for eight years and let her indulge in her obsession with international cuisine. She loves experimenting with the dishes she’s tried in other countries and won’t rest until she has perfectly recreated those dishes at home. She is ecstatic that now that she’s “turned civilian,” she has increased opportunities to explore the globe with her family. She also loves planning parties. Give her any excuse to celebrate and she’ll plan a huge party around it.
Sam loves what CHA is doing for the Navy and predicts that in five years we’ll be doing even bigger things. She believes that expanding our capabilities through our new C-ARTS endeavor will only open more doors for us and that our potential is limitless. You can understand why we think Sam is going to be with CHA for as long as she wants. With enthusiasm, dedication, and talent like she has, she’ll be instrumental in taking us toward that limitless potential.
We asked Sam to tell us something no one else at CHA knows. She responded with this little fact: she comes from a family full of military personnel, but she is the first (and only) woman in her family to serve. We think that deserves a party. Tell us the next time you’re coming to the office and we’ll have Sam plan one. It’s one of the things she loves to do, after all.
We’re focusing on one of our newer Project Analysts this time, Emily Trautwein. Emily has been a Project Analyst here at CHA since August, but she’s been with us for three years. She started in May 2015 as our receptionist before transitioning to the crazy job of being the vice president’s executive assistant from November 2017 until August of this year. Our vice president didn’t want to lose her, but we like to share the wealth and we’re thrilled she’s bringing her incredible talent to our Project Management Office.
Emily loves her co-workers, which is fortunate because we love her. She loves the mix of humor and fun combined with hard work that defines our workplace. She loves coming to work because she knows everyone is extremely dedicated to the job at hand while fostering a healthy and creative environment, all while working toward the greater purpose of supporting our military forces. While not a veteran herself, Emily enjoys working in support of our military.
We asked Emily how she would describe herself and she initially demurred saying, “These [types of] questions usually trip me up since I don’t really know how to describe myself.” She agreed to let her family try. Her brother said she’s goal-driven, ambitious, caring, compassionate, and extremely intelligent. All things we’d agree with wholeheartedly! Her dad described her as “weird” and one who “enjoys silly humor yet can be very serious, and a perfectionist who loves to learn.” We’re beginning to understand why she fits in so well at CHA! Her mom said Emily is “smart and prepared,” which Emily attributes to her Eagle Scout father who repeated the Scout motto, “Be Prepared” regularly while she was growing up. She does always have some random or unusual tool available whenever needed so it seems to have rubbed off.
Speaking of family, Emily loves spending time with hers, and with her friends when she’s not working or hosting the family shih-tzus, Harpo and Libby (when they’re not running her mom’s or sister’s lives). You’ll often find her exploring First Landing State Park in Virginia Beach, traveling, taking road trips, hiking, or reading and enjoying a good cup of coffee or tea. She’s likely to have a camera with her, as Emily loves photography.
Emily sees CHA staying quite busy with our current work regarding the innovative training system C-ARTS. She thinks the potential and applicability of C-ARTS will only grow and offer more, not just to the Navy but to all the military branches. She sees herself continuing to be part of its development and supporting the growth of this initiative.
While Emily may not know how to describe herself, she did share a couple of fun facts that even her CHA compatriots might not know. She used to be absolutely terrified of heights (and still isn’t a big fan), but she conquered her fear when she visited Notre Dame in France. Since it was her first visit to Europe, and since “everything worth seeing in Europe is tall,” she decided she’d better learn to scale the heights in order to be able to see what she wanted to see. This is Emily in a nutshell: she just won’t let anything stand in her way! It’s why we never want to lose her. Also, she shared that her birthday (December 5) is the same day as Walt Disney’s, which she figures is why she loves Disney movies so much. Now that we know this, we’ve got her birthday cake theme all picked out! Next time you’re in the CHA offices, track Emily down and tell her what your favorite Disney movie is. We’ll take a poll and get her a cake with the “winning” movie’s characters!
Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded the 2018 MS&T Industry Awards’ Outstanding Innovative Product Award for its Lighthouse High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) product. CHA is the Lead Systems Integrator supporting PEO CARRIERS with the Carrier Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) HVLE program. Military Simulation and Training Magazine (MS&T) is the leading simulation and training publication for the defense industry and is “committed to the development of simulation and training as a force multiplier for our highly capable warfighters,” according to its website. This is the 17th year MS&T has recognized industry forerunners for their innovation and dedication to the simulation and training field.
This year, three award finalists were hand-picked by a panel of MS&T editors and invited judges. Once the finalists were chosen, MS&T subscribers voted for the winners. Award winners will be featured in the September edition of the magazine. In addition, CHA will be honored for its achievement at the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the end of November in Orlando, Fla.
CHA is honored to be the recipient of this award. “Recognition of our accomplishments by our peers is a humbling experience. We will continue to strive to produce the exceptional value and service to our clients that are at the foundation of everything we do,” said Chuck Wythe, CHA’s chief revenue officer.