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Navigator receives HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Award from the Department of Labor


Navigator Development Group Inc. was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) with a 2018 HIRE Vets Gold Medallion Program Demonstration Award.

The award was established in 2017, when President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act, creating the HIRE Vets Medallion Program. The program recognizes companies for recruiting, employing, and retaining America's veterans.
Honorees include small businesses, community-based nonprofits, and national companies.

This is the only veteran hiring award at the federal level, said DOL Deputy Assistant Secretary Matthew Miller in a letter to Keith Gay, president and owner of Navigator. Navigator is headquartered out of Enterprise, Ala., and has a regional headquarters in Huntsville.

“By meeting the criteria required for a Gold Medallion Program Demonstration Award, Navigator demonstrated a model of patriotism worthy of praise as well as a recognition of the value veterans bring to the workplace,” he said.

Pleased to be selected for the HIRE Vets Gold Medallion award, Gay stressed his continued commitment to assist veterans, which make up about 70 percent of Navigator’s workforce.

“Our veterans provide a solid work ethic, unique skill sets, and an unwavering dedication to continue serving our country’s warfighters,” he said. “Hiring veterans is an easy choice because they are adaptable, disciplined, and committed to providing quality work.”

In a statement released by U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, he said in order to earn a HIRE Vets Medallion Award, companies he refers to as job creators must demonstrate a solid commitment to providing veterans with the opportunity to build a meaningful career.  “This program recognizes a standard for excellence in veterans hiring, and helps veterans identify employers who are committed to advancing veterans in the workplace,” he said.

Recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award were evaluated based on a range of criteria, including:  Veteran hiring and retention; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programs for veterans; dedicated human resources; and compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans.

Navigator was initially founded in 1997 to provide contractor support needs to the U. S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence. With headquarters near Fort Rucker and Redstone Arsenal, Navigator draws top quality professionals from a wide range of career fields.

Navigator awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement in EXPRESS Programmatic Domain

HUNTSVILLE - Navigator Development Group Inc. was awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) under the Expedited Professional and Engineering Support Services (EXPRESS) program to provide advisory and assistance services to government customers supported by the Army Contracting Command (ACC) Redstone Arsenal.

There are four separate domains in EXPRESS:  Programmatic, Technical, Logistics and Business & Analytical.  Navigator is now an EXPRESS Prime Contractor with a BPA in the Programmatic Domain. The BPA provides Navigator an initial five-year task order competition window.

The BPA for the Programmatic Domain is designed to provide Army leadership and managers rapid access to highly-qualified and previously vetted contractor support personnel in the areas of: Resource Management Support; Cost Estimating/Analysis; Schedule Development/Assessment; Program Management, Plans & Integration; Strategic Planning Analysis; International Program Support; Security Assistance Program Support; and Operations Research and Systems Analysis.

Navigator has 21 teammates that have elected to compete with them on future Programmatic Task Orders. Those teammates provided invaluable support to the development of the successful proposal. Together, Team Navigator is a strong grouping of small and large businesses, many of whom have already worked together effectively in the past. The team’s collective experience in providing Programmatic support to government programs is impressive.

Any services to be furnished under this BPA will be issued by task orders from ACC Redstone.

A Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Navigator has a 20-year foundation of support to EXPRESS customers and a range of other government organizations. Navigator is headquartered in Enterprise, with a regional headquarters in Huntsville.

Navigator wins re-compete work at Fort Rucker as the prime contractor

Navigator was recently notified it won a re-compete for our incumbent work at Fort Rucker, Ala. The contract supports the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Capability Manager for Aviation Brigades (TCM-AB) Aircraft Survivability.

Navigator will now serve as the prime contractor on the three year effort.
Navigator provides senior level technical engineering services as an advisor and subject matter expert to TCM-AB for the development of aircraft survivability related capabilities that pertain to Army aviation systems and platforms.

Navigator celebrates 20 years in business



ENTERPRISE, Ala. - Navigator Development Group Inc. and its employees recently commemorated the company’s twentieth year in business. In honor of reaching this milestone, the company received a letter of congratulations from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and a proclamation letter from the City of Enterprise Mayor William Cooper. Navigator opened for business on Sept. 15, 1997, and is Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business that specializes in Aviation, Training and Technology. Navigator’s corporate headquarters is located in the Rawls Hotel in downtown Enterprise, and services government and commercial contracts in a number of locations, which include Fort Rucker, Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and Eglin Air Force Base and Hurlburt Field in Florida. Pictured are Navigator’s owner Keith Gay and his wife Peggy.

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