Odyssey Employee Shout Outs

Kudos to everyone for their great work! Here are some highlights of Odyssey employee achievements in 2019:

Autumn Krill, Amanda Hess, Steve Cliatt, Keith Amburgey, Chris Matson, Dolores Minter, Brandon Whitworth, and Curtis Jones support Air Force Space Command’s Space and Missile Systems Center Space Situational Awareness Command and Control Capability Branch driving a multi-faced portfolio of R&D and O&M projects to accelerate delivery and operations of tools critical to protect and defend US assets in orbit. In concert with their Government team, they delivered the 1st ever Unified Space Situational Awareness Data library, “an enterprise data repository for managing access, integration and dissemination of data across multiple levels of security.”; “It is the first of its kind in the DoD,” said Maj. Gen. Kim Crider, Special Assistant for Mobilization, Air Force Space Command.

Odyssey personnel were members of the F-15 Large Team of the Quarter. Susan Doyan, Dale Gibelyou, Dave Schuster, and Ralph Minamyer, members of the Infrared Search and Track (IRST) team helped conduct the Supplier and Prime Critical Design Review for the F-15C Legion Pod three (3) months ahead of schedule. The successful CDR enabled deliveries five months faster than the contract requirement. The Legion Pod provides advanced IRST21 sensor system technology in a podded configuration, enabling plug-and-play operations across fighter and non-fighter aircraft platforms, and offers pilots an important additional way to detect and track other aircraft at significant ranges. Legion Pod’s IRST21 incorporates block improvements that facilitate the engagement of threats at significantly extended ranges. The team also supported definitization of the $700M Integration and Production contract, saving $2M/pod. The IRST team also participated in the U.S. military’s biannual Northern Edge exercise in Alaska. The exercise served as a valuable opportunity to test the Legion Pod and the fighting doctrine associated with them.

Greg Dmitroff, supporting the Nuclear Weapons Acquisition Division (AFNWC/NDB), provided outstanding engineering expertise to the B61-12 Tailkit Assembly (TKA) development and production program. His professional, can-do attitude was instrumental in the successful, on-time completion of Milestone C for the B61-12 TKA, ACAT IC $1.4B program. It was touted as one of the best reviews seen to date by the DoD senior leadership. His work ethic and expertise were instrumental in ensuring a review of CDRLs, Failure Review Board packages, and Configuration Control Board items prior to acceptance by the Government. His efforts will guarantee a successful transition to the production phase of the B61-12 TKA program.

Joan HammerIn July 2019 Joan Hammer was declared the C3I&N Division’s single Unsung Hero! Joan is the sole logistics expert in the Electronic Warfare Systems Branch and is essential to providing guidance and support to over six ACAT Electronic Warfare (EW) programs valued at over $1.5B. In response to an AF realignment of programs, Joan led efforts to identify and analyze alternatives to improve the sustainment posture for Branch programs. Over the course of six months she interfaced and obtained concurrence from critical stakeholders, including MLs, SMLs, PEOs and AFLCMC/CC, coordinating with over seven agencies. She organized and hosted seven working groups, developed eight position papers and presentations reporting on current operations and operational shortcomings that needed to be addressed. Ms. Hammer’s efforts resulted in program efficiencies greater than 25% annually and ultimately resulted in the SAE, Dr. Will Roper, approving the re-alignment of EW sustainment responsibility from multiple agencies to a single office.

In support of our ACC Cyber Management effort, Mary Brantley is a driving force in the cyber funding community. Recently, she was instrumental in gathering justification and obtaining funds for mission critical training. A MIPR was generated and accepted immediately, securing an August training date. For this, she received a “Thanks for making this happen. Job well done!” from a government representative in her work center. Mary also attended a meeting where she identified execution risks to several cyber programs. She educated her office on the issues so they could take mitigating steps for their programs. She again received government accolades, “Thank you for sending this out. You are AWESOME!” Mary received more written appreciation when she corrected a line of accounting for an adjustment ensuring the $2.5K came from the correct source. This month alone Mary has assisted the cyber community with the proper execution of over $51M to ensure contracts, systems, upgrades and security are maintained. Finally, I have received words of praise from the branch chief and her coworkers, while visiting her work center. They are always impressed by her positive attitude, her extreme work ethic and her in-depth knowledge of financial operations.

Odyssey personnel presented overviews of their research at the National Neurotrauma Symposium held in Pittsburgh in July and presented at the Military Health Systems Research Symposium, Orlando, Aug 19-22. Matthew Rice, PhD, presented his poster to Colonel Deydre Teyhen (Commander, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research) summarizing his research on how nicotine may help ameliorate motor and cognitive deficits following penetrating brain injury.


Sandi Simpson of the Armament Operations Division (AFLCMC/EBO) made significant and material contributions to the preparation for a HQ AFMC/AFLCMC Security Inspection. After announcing the SATISFACTORY inspection rating, the Inspection Team Chief stated that “if there was a higher rating, you would have gotten it. You have an excellent team here. Considering the size and scope of our mission here, you are doing an amazing job.” The team was recognized for 2 BEST PRACTICES and the AFLCMC Government lead expressed his appreciation by stating “Great job to all of you on the Security Team; all of you have worked hard the past weeks, months, and in some cases, years, and it shows.”

Representing Odyssey as part of the OCONUS Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Flight Test Campaign Team, John Gerdine and David Van Matre deployed to Australia, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Sweden to conduct telemetry data collection and analysis for AMRAAM flight tests in extreme weather under austere conditions. They accomplished FMS Advanced Medium Air-to-Air Missile (AMRAAM) weapons performance and software validation on various aircraft platforms including the Typhoon and F-18. They overcame hazardous weather, temperature swings, flat tires, living in tents, K-rations, and snakes to accomplish their mission. In the end, the team executed four AIM-120C-5 missile shots, and provided real time feedback to the customer including addressing critical operational issues prior to continuing to the next shot profile. 100% of the objectives were met and the Royal Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force were extremely satisfied customers.

Two individuals continue to stand out on the WIS SOF Task Order in support of the Special Warfare (formerly Battlefield Airman) mission.

Brad Kenny, a Program Manager on the WIS SOF Task Order, has provided extensive involvement with the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) during his 10.5 years on the SOF program. Brad has helped draft the Battlefield Air Targeting, Man-Aided kNowledge (BATMAN) II and Special Tactics – Tactical Assault Kit (ST-TAK) technology transition plans, creating much of the program office sections to those documents. He has been part of the many tech transition meetings to track progress of deliverables from BATMAN I, BATMAN II and ST-TAK Advanced Technology Demonstrations. Brad has also been deeply in numerous Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) efforts. He submitted the Improved Night Vision Capability-Battlefield Airmen (INVC-BA) RIF topic, which was selected, awarded to this office, and recently delivered the only 2 prototype Multi-Spectral, fully digital Night Vision Goggles (NVGs) in the Department of Defense. In addition, Brad has worked diligently on a number of Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) projects. He submitted the Wearable Head Tracking System (WHTS) SIBR topic, which was selected for award and is in Phase II with final demo and deliverables later in 2019. This is an alternative technology to another head-tracking solution. Brad had previously helped transition this technology from DARPA.

Arliss Perry, an engineer on the WIS SOF Task Order has also been heavily involved with AFRL research efforts. Currently, the Special Warfare System Program Office (SW SPO) has two Advanced Technology Demonstrations with two separate AFRL entities. Arliss has worked the BATMAN effort with the 711th Human Performance Wing and regularly interacted with them on Technical Interchange Meeting’s, Project Reviews, Collaborative Tests, and several low Technology Readiness Level SBIR’s. He has also helped the SPO obtain funding for their some R&D efforts with SPO.

Odyssey’s LASS LA Team was recognized by the customer for outstanding support.

  • Shawnna Horne was selected as the SMC/MC SETA Technical Support Quarterly Award Winner, 1st Quarter
  • John Austin was selected as the SMC/MC outstanding non-technical SETA of the 2nd Quarter of CY2019
  • Angel Vargas was selected as the SMC/MC outstanding technical SETA of the 2nd Quarter of CY2019
  • Le’Shawn Mapp was lauded by our customer for her outstanding work in getting the PATS Program Protection Plan approved three months ahead of schedule

In support of our Air Force Space Command PNT effort, Tim Britt is recognized as the GPS User Equipment SME. He engages daily with the SMC program office in regards to receiver fielding to the User community across the 4 Services. As acquisition challenges have come about, the Customer has turned to Tim with ‘make sense of this’ re: Decibel-Watt measurements, Non-Volatile Memory, Bit Error Rates, Time-To-First-Fix, Legacy Hot Start, and several additional highly technical issues. Despite the lengthy engagements with a multitude of cross-functional teams & disciplines, Tim has distilled Customer concerns into easily understood ‘plain English’ capability shortfall statements. This has allowed the Customer to review, with their senior leadership, for Cost/Schedule/Performance effects and avoid mission impacts for receiver fielding and operations.

In support of the Maintenance of Space Situational Awareness Integrated Capabilities (MOSSAIC) source selection, Saream Clarke, Robert Jones, Steven Bouchard, Lisa Douglas-Krzywonski worked tirelessly for over 12 months, giving up countless nights and weekends to develop, coordinate through contracting, legal, and executive staff up to the AFPEO for Space and OSD; then release the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a $2B, 10-year re-compete project to sustain and modernize all ground-based Space Situational Awareness (SSA), optical, radar, and command and control systems. The full and open competition for this SCAT I program is the single most important project in progress at SMC/SYG.

Our A2JACTS Team (Phil Freeman, William Morris, Bob Bonta, and Samantha Dwyer) received accolades from the USSOCOM J33-FIRES Superintendent for our support to their successful USAFSOC Joint Terminal Attack Controller Program Management Inspection. Our AJACTS on-line training system is integral to their JTAC training and certification tracking. Our system provides academic lessons, testing, currency tracking that is extremely important to the strategic success of their combat operations employing kinetic and non-kinetic strikes. Phil Freeman traveled to USSOCOM to provide onsite support for this successful inspection.

Reeves and SigmonSteve Reeves and Jim Sigmon were part of the team from Robins AFB who received the F-15 Small Team Award this past June for supporting the Republic of South Korea rebuild of F-15 Aircraft K-026. A ground mishap of aircraft #026 caused significant structural damage to the aircraft. Both Steve and Jim provided expertise evaluating the aircraft damage, identifying required materials for the restoration, providing repair procedures, and directly supporting the restoration process. Aircraft #026 was the first-ever F-15 Aircraft (of any fleet) that underwent the repair of the inboard and outboard main landing gear trunnion beams and associated ribs and formers replaced at the same time. The aircraft successfully completed the Functional Check Flight and was returned to fully capable service. The repair process was successful because of the expertise provided by both Steve and Jim, saving a valuable aircraft from destruction. They received recognition from Brig Gen Choi, Jongwon, RoKAF AFLC, Commander, Aero Resource Management Wing.

Albert (Fred) Heineman was a key part of the Weather Branch being recognized as the HQ AFSPC Directorate of Operations and Communications Team of the Quarter. Fred provides critical continuity in the Branch, especially during a period in which the Chief is retiring and the other two military members are often on other tasks. The weather staff secured a 325 percent increase in training allocations for 57 Weather Airmen, preparing them to lead and execute the Air Force Space Command mission. Additionally, the team identified weather support gaps, across three documents, in the USSPACECOM stand-up and generated two requirements for inclusion on the J-staff. Finally, the team began development of Unit Type Codes specific to the weather support provided to Air Force Space Command, bringing 57 single person UTCs in line with the Chief of Staff Teaming Concept.

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