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Third Annual Extra Life Charity Event to Benefit Local Children’s Hospital

November 9, 2013
VSD Helping Kids

On November 2, 2013 we hosted a 24-hour charity event for the Extra-Life charity at our corporate headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia. This is VSD’s third year in a row participating in the gaming marathon. Extra Life 2013 raised over $4 Million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in the United States and Canada!

Participants raise money by playing video games for 24-hours straight from 8am to 8am the next day. 100% of donations go to a local Children’s Miracle Network hospital. CHKD (Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters) is the local hospital that will be receiving the money raised by the event at VSD. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

From the Extra Life website

“Extra Life began in 2008 as a way of honoring a young lady named Victoria Enmon. Tori’s battle against acute lymphoblastic leukemia inspired the Sarcastic Gamer Community in a way that is difficult to describe. Members sent in video games and bought gifts to keep Tori’s spirits up despite numerous hospital stays and three bouts with the deadly disease.

Tragically, we lost Tori to cancer in January 2008. Later that year, I asked my partners at Sarcastic Gamer if they would be interested in Extra Life, a 24-hour video game marathon to raise money for the hospital that treated and fought beside Tori. In 2008 and 2009 Extra Life raised a combined $302,000, 100 percent of which went directly to help kids like Tori at my local Children’s Miracle Network Hospital (Texas Children’s Hospital).

While thousands of gamers, more than 100 websites and more than 12,000 donors were happy to support Extra Life, many expressed their desire to raise money to help kids closer to home. In what I can only consider destiny, in 2009 I left behind my radio career and went to work full-time for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals as a Radiothon Director. This life-changing event gave me unique insight into an incredible non-profit organization that helps kids all over the United States and Canada.

I quickly realized that Children's Miracle Network Hospitals would be the perfect solution to expand Extra Life into more communities.

This year, when you sign up to play video games for 25 hours on Nov. 2, 2013, you won’t just be raising money for kids. You’ll be supporting LOCAL kids and their families. Kids right in your own backyard.

All the money you raise for Extra Life 2013 will go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital of your choice.”

David Bellamy Appointed General Manager of DTM Global

October 28, 2013
David Bellamy General Manager at DTM Global

VSD is proud to announce that David Bellamy has been appointed General Manager of DTM Global.

David Bellamy's Bio

David started his career as a “fresh-faced navigator” in the Royal Air Force (RAF), flying the Tornado GR1 in the strike-attack role. Too smart for his own good, he managed to study for a first class honours degree in history and humanities whilst simultaneously collecting low-flying complaints and irritating senior officers, more than earning his annual appraisal of “all the qualities of a dog except for that of loyalty and obedience." The pinnacle of his RAF career was came as a mission commander during the 1991 Gulf War, tasked in the roles of suppression of enemy air defence and precision-guided munitions. He was also mentioned in Despatches for leadership during these combat operations.

Fortunately for the RAF, David retired in 1992 to wreak havoc in the civilian world, joining GEC Marconi as an Electronic Warfare Instructor. With new commercial skills on-board, David honed these during a 7-year secondment to Saudi Arabia, where professionalism, integrity and haggling skills are held in high esteem. On returning to the UK in 1999, David was promoted to the role of Training Manager, responsible for all international electronic warfare training programs to customers such as the Royal Canadian Air Force, Jordanian Air Force, Royal Malaysian Navy, Pakistan Navy, Royal Air Force of Oman, and the United Arab Emirates Air Force.

David joined DT Media in 2001 in a new role as Business Development Manager, and was instrumental in the success of this new digital media company, creating new business with digital animations, point of information displays, and 3D visualisation tools to British and European defence companies. Passionate about training, knowledge, and visualisation, it was no surprise that David took a concept and turned it into DTM’s Insight software. As the Insight Programme Manager for DTM Global, and successfully penetrated the export market with sales to the United States Air Force, Australian Army, German Air Force, and NATO. With a proven training and product development record, David has excelled in capturing customer requirements and forging new international relationships that have yielded symbiotic success for both the customers and the company.

A keen out-door person, well read, and not a bad cook, David thoroughly enjoys all the cultural challenges of international travel. The mountains, snow, and surf all feature highly in his life, as do people. This is one navigator who knows where he has been, and knows where he is going.

DTM Global logo

DTM Global specializes in simulators and training solutions to improve combat effectiveness, mission planning, and tactical deployment. DTM is based in the United Kingdom.

DTM Global's New Website

September 27, 2013
DTM Global homepage

DTM Global, a subsidiary of VSD, has just launched their new website.

www.dtmglobal.com

DTM Global logo

DTM Global specializes in simulators and training solutions to improve combat effectiveness, mission planning, and tactical deployment. DTM is based in the United Kingdom.

Insight Recognition and Identification Software at AUVSI 2013

August 12, 2013
Insight software promo image

VSD’s John Mell will be meeting with decision makers at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems 2013 in August 12-15 in Washington, DC. He will be introducing potential customers to Insight Version 3, the updated and enhanced version of the target recognition and identification software developed by DTM Global, a UK based subsidiary of VSD.

AUVSI 2013

Insight is an extremely powerful training tool with a proven reputation; being used by 27 military forces in 13 countries. Insight is the first training tool of its kind, independently evaluated by NATO and recommended as the prototype Combat Identification Training System (CITS).

Insight V3 Additions & Enhancements

  • Improved Graphics Performance
  • Accelerated & Streamlined Database Architecture
  • New 3D Model and Database Libraries
  • New 3D Model Texture Editors
  • Digital Terrain Elevation Data (DTED) Integration, Levels 1 & 2
  • Increased Multilingual Support to 180 languages
  • Now Supporting All Major Browsers: Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox

Please contact us if you would like to request a meeting with John Mell during AUVSI.

About AUVSI

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International is the world's largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to advancing the unmanned systems and robotics community. Serving more than 7,500 members from government organizations, industry and academia, AUVSI is committed to fostering, developing, and promoting unmanned systems and robotic technologies. AUVSI members support defense, civil and commercial sectors.

— Source www.auvsi.org/home/aboutus/

VSD Delivers Patrol Boat, Offshore Support Vessel, and Firefighting Simulators to the Iraqi Navy

June 28, 2013

VSD, the Iraqi navy, and U.S. Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) reached an important milestone, the handoff of three simulators to the Iraqi navy. On March 13, 2013 the 35-Meter Patrol Boat, 60-Meter Offshore Support Vessel, and Firefighting Simulators were formally turned over to the Iraqi navy at the Umm Qasr naval facility. VSD provided delivery, installation, and testing of the Iraqi navy training systems. VSD also provided training for Iraqi instructors on how to operate and maintain the simulators.

VSD’s installation and training team departed for Iraq in November 2012 and worked for four and a half months to complete the installation and training. The team was comprised of three engineers, three instructors, two interpreters, and one logistician.

The firefighting simulator and the two ship simulators, procured as part of a U.S. Navy's Foreign Military Sales (FMS) Program, will help reconstitute the Iraqi navy by allowing their sailors to hone their skills close to home in a risk-free environment to improve Iraq's ability to enforce maritime sovereignty and security in the Northern Arabian Gulf. The simulators are more efficient than just training on the boats because they allow trainees to repeat maneuvers over and over in short periods of time, regardless of the weather.

The simulators were installed in a 40,000 square foot warehouse located on the Umm Qasr naval facility. In addition to housing the simulators, the facility will be used as an administrative office and classroom space for training. Each training system includes a Full Mission Bridge Trainer (FMBT), 30mm Fire Control Trainer (FCT), Engine Control Room Trainer (ERT), and Small Arms Trainer (SAT). A Firefighting Trainer (FFT) was also installed outside the warehouse. The FFT generates representative shipboard Class Alpha, Bravo, and Charlie fires for trainees to combat under realistic shipboard conditions.

The VSD installation and training team received some well-deserved accolades for their superb performance from OSC-I (Office of Security Cooperation in Iraq) Umm Qasr. Lieutenant Brian Hackney, the C4ISR Systems Advisor stated he has worked with a number of contractors in his career, but never with a group whose unswerving work-ethic and astute expertise was as prevalent as that demonstrated by VSD.

The entire team was well organized, unequivocally skilled in their craft, and eager to deliver a highly-advanced and technologically complex trainer that is second to none. Their training efforts at Morgan City and Umm Qasr have directly resulted in knowledgeable and finely-honed trainees who now stand as a beacon of ship handling and firefighting excellence for the entire Iraqi navy.

– Lieutenant Hackney, U.S. Navy

The government final inspection for the Iraqi Patrol Boat, Offshore Support Vessel, and Firefighting training systems was conducted in mid-March and the keys to the warehouse and simulators were then turned over to the head of the Iraqi navy training department. A VSD in-country support person will remain at the Umm Qasr naval facility until December 2013 to coordinate, assist, and provide guidance to Iraqi navy training leadership and maintenance personnel.

VSD continues Thanksgiving tradition

November 21, 2012
VSD Thanksgiving turkey donation to Edmarc Hospice for Children

VSD teamed up with Edmarc Hospice for Children again this year by donating turkeys to help Edmarc families celebrate Thanksgiving. Edmarc is a United Way agency serving children with potentially life-limiting illnesses and their families, regardless of their ability to pay for services. Established in 1978, Edmarc is Hampton Roads’ only pediatric hospice organization.

VSD to attend I/ITSEC 2012

November 19, 2012
I/ITSEC 2012

VSD will travel to Orlando, Fla., to participate in this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) at the Orange County Convention Center Dec. 3-6. Please join us at booth number 1927.

Demonstrations hosted at VSD’s booth this year will include the Fleetman™ maritime bridge training simulator, the INSIGHT™ threat recognition simulator software, and the FDO™ flight deck officer simulator software developed by VSD subsidiary DTM Global. Additionally, there will be demonstrations of a new augmented reality training system.

To learn more about I/ITSEC, visit http://www.iitsec.org

VSD awarded multiple award Training Data Products Contract

October 4, 2012
Contract Award

VSD has been awarded a multiple award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract under the Training Data Products Contract (TDPC), for both LOT I and LOT II. Multiple award contracts (MACs) provide the Naval Air Systems Command Team with a streamlined, quick-reaction vehicle for the acquisition and life-cycle support of training data products (TDP) through the application of the Instructional Systems Development (ISD) process. The TDPC scope will encompass all phases of the ISD process including analysis, design, development, implementation, evaluation, and sustainment, and delivery of the resultant TDP. The TDP will accommodate self-paced training, group-paced training, dual-purpose training, blended training, learner assessments, and performance support systems. The scope of the TDPC multiple award contract is intended to support training system ISD requirements of Naval Air Systems Command’s Aviation Training Systems Program Office, as well as the four program directorates (Program Directorate for Aviation, Program Directorate for Surface, Program Directorate for Undersea, and Program Directorate for Cross-Warfare/International) at the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts, inclusive of options, is $780 million, and the companies will have the opportunity to compete for delivery orders under their respective LOTs. Work will be performed at each awardee’s facility site or at existing or future training sites. All orders are expected to be placed by August 2020, and all performance must be complete by August 2023. LOT I was procured as unrestricted with 30 contracts awarded. LOT II was procured as a 100 percent small business set-aside with 22 contracts awarded. Only 8 companies total won both LOTs.

The Naval Air Warfare Center Training System Division, Orlando, Fla., is the contracting activity.

VSD employees raise funds for CHKD

August 29, 2012

VSD’s Chris Eubanks, Aja Meyer, Dan Gurganus, Ryan Ferron, and Salim Khalaf participated with a group of friends in the ninth annual Duck Tape Regatta Aug. 18 at Willoughby Harbor Marina in Norfolk. The Duck Tape Regatta is a fundraiser where teams are given a sheet of plywood, two 2x4s, a roll of duct tape, a pound of screws, and four hours to build a boat. Teams decorate their boats in whatever manner they choose, and before the actual races, the boats are inspected and judged. This year, Team VSD’s boat, The Flying Squirrel, was awarded the title of “Best Decorated Boat.”

“We named our boat for and in honor of Virginia Beach’s summer Olympics gold-medal gymnast Gabrielle Douglas,” said Eubanks. “It was a great time for a good cause!”

All money generated by this event goes to Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters to support its mission of leading the region in quality children’s healthcare services. Since its inception, the annual Duck Tape Regatta has raised over $150,000 for CHKD.

For more information on the annual Duck Tape Regatta, visit www.ducktaperegatta.com.

VSD subsidiary signs partnership agreement with Immediate Supply General Trading & Contracting Company

May 30, 2012

VSD, LLC (VSD) subsidiary VSD Global (VSDG) has signed a partnership agreement with Immediate Supply General Trading & Contracting Company (ISGT) of Kuwait City to provide products, support, and services in Kuwait. Working collaboratively with ISGT, a transport and logistics services company, VSDG will provide training products and services to government, military, and industrial clients. Additionally, VSDG will provide simulator system services and management, advisory, and acquisition support.

VSDG and its family of companies (including VSD, DTM Global, Q.E.D. Systems, Inc., and Proven Publications) have provided multiple advanced maritime simulation systems in more than 20 countries (including Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Oman, Egypt, United States of America, and the United Kingdom). Recent training and simulation projects include the development, construction, and delivery of simulators including full mission bridge trainers, 30mm fire control trainers, engine control room trainers, and small arms trainers.

“We are extremely pleased with our new in-country partner, ISGT, in the State of Kuwait. ISGT brings to the partnership the logistics capabilities, local operational knowledge, and seasoned professionals required for a successful penetration of this new market for VSDG,” said Ahmad Halabi, managing director of VSDG. “We have spent considerable time finding and vetting a proven partner that enhances the core competencies of VSDG and we are confident the new partnership with ISGT will produce immediate results and growth for the company.”

For more about ISGT, visit http://www.immediate-supply.com.

VSD instructors host local students at training facility

May 22, 2012

The VSD, LLC training team of instructors currently in Morgan City, La., for the 60-meter Offshore Support Vessel Training Program instruction hosted a group of middle school students at the training facility May 17. The eighth-grade science, technology, and mathematics students from Berwick Junior High School in St. Mary Parish were briefed on the importance of studying science and technology, and about how the emerging field of modeling and simulation can help preserve valuable resources through the use of simulators in training and instruction. The students had the opportunity to see the fire trainer in operation, drive the simulated vessel from the full mission bridge trainer, and operate the .50-caliber and M-240B machine guns in the small arms trainer.

VSD and VSDG develop partnership with University of Valencia

May 21, 2012

VSD, LLC (VSD) and VSD Global (VSDG) are continually working to build international partnerships. John Jackson, chief strategy officer of VSD and Ahmad Halabi, managing director of VSDG, recently met with the directors of the Robotic Institute of the University of Valencia in Valencia, Spain. They forged a new partnership with the Institute, through which Valencia will serve as technical partner on future training and simulation projects in areas including general driving safety simulators, fire truck driving simulators, crane operations simulators, and ship handling simulation systems.

“This is a grand opportunity for VSD to work with a world-class university as we continue to expand operational reach in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East,” said VSD CEO Chuck Wythe. “We are exceptionally pleased with the expansion of capabilities and capacity that the University of Valencia brings to VSD and VSDG.”

Learn more about the University of Valencia at www.uv.es.

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