Archived News 2021

News From 2021

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Bradley Black for earning our Employee of the Quarter for the 2nd Qtr 2022!

Brad works on our USMC Networking on the Move (NOTM) program and took over the II Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) Site Lead role this past April.  Since then, Brad has supported four new equipment training (NET) and sustainment courses, training 38 Marines with over 160 hours on the NOTM system.  Additionally, he supported two Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) fielding events, JLTV operational checks for I MEF in Charleston, SC, and helped resolve 46 Marine Corps Tactical Systems Support Activity, Tier 2 escalated tickets. Brad has strengthened FirstDiv’s relationship with II MEF and the Program Management Office while assisting II MEF with their Tactical Integrated Environment backend NOTM infrastructure. Brad is a top tier IT professional and brings invaluable knowledge to our NOTM program, often providing guidance and insight for other Team members. 

We’re proud to have Brad as part of FirstDiv, an award well deserved!


We are pleased to announce that Mr. Andy Millett has been selected as our FirstDiv Employee of the Quarter for Q3 2021!

Andy supports US Army’s Product Manager, Soldier Protective Equipment (PdM SPE) which is part of our Program Manager, Soldier Survivability (PM SSV) contract.  While on this program, Andy served as the Acting Operations Chief for PdM SPE.  Without hesitation, he stepped up to take on these additional responsibilities, essentially performing the duties and roles of two + positions.  Andy made numerous improvements in the organization and continues to provide nothing but outstanding support to his customer.  He developed and incorporated process changes within PdM SPE to ensure the organization continues to operate smoothly and efficiently.  When the HQ organization, Program Executive Office, Soldier (PEO Soldier), issued several new reporting requirements, Andy built (and continues to develop) new processes for PdM SPE and the Assistant Product Manager (APdM) teams; determining how to balance the current OPSTEMPO with new HQ requirements.   Andy created an efficient battle rhythm ensuring PdM SPE continues to meet all of PEO Soldier’s requirements.  He truly understands how limited and valuable the PdM’s and APdM’s time is, especially with last minute taskers/requests.  He goes above and beyond to protect their time, which ultimately allows them to do what they should be doing which is focusing on mission requirements.       

Andy is always incredibly professional, helpful, and thorough in all he does for his customer.  He is the glue between the APdM teams/staff and Leadership and their “go-to” person.  He effectively supports PdM SPE in every operations-related endeavor.  Andy’s customer has absolute trust in him and they consistently seek out his thoughts and guidance when making decisions that affect the entire organization.  He manages operational activities, while ensuring the PdM and DPdM are always informed, which makes him vital to this team, PM SSV, and PEO Soldier.   

Congratulations Andy,  we’re proud to have you as part of FirstDiv!


15 September 2021

First Division received the Governor’s Award as the #1 Small Business that “went above and beyond” in recruiting and hiring Virginia Veterans during the Virginia & Military Affairs Conference. Governor Northam recognized FirstDiv for its exceptional commitment to hiring Virginia military veterans, transitioning service members and their spouses. First Division has participated in the Virginia Values Veterans Program since 2017, whose mission is to assist employers in recruiting, hiring, training, and retaining Veterans.


First Division Consulting was awarded a Task Order to provide Deployment Systems Computer Instructor Services for the Transportation Management Training Department (TMTD) of the United States (U.S.) Army Transportation School (USATSCH).  FirstDiv provides Transportation Specialists Instructors who facilitate training via resident or non-resident means to Army installations worldwide.  Training provided by FirstDiv instructors includes but is not limited to the Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planning Course, Transportation Coordinators’ Automated Information for Movements System II Functional User Course, and Unit Movement Officer Deployment Planning Course.  The duties carried out by our instructors is vital in ensuring the Army is prepared to deploy personnel and equipment in support of Large-Scale Combat Operations.


First Division Consulting, Inc was awarded a contract supporting the Center for Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Diving (CEODD), Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City, FL, Naval School Explosive Ordnance Disposal (NSEOD), Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), FL, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center (NDSTC), NSA Panama City, FL, and CEODD Learning Site, Naval Station Great Lakes (CEODD LSGL), IL.  FirstDiv will perform various administrative and logistical program support services (e.g., administrative, human performance, safety, material and supply, tactical diving operations/maintenance, training aids fabrication, equipment maintenance, inert ordnance management, emergency medical support, range scheduling, Information Technology (IT), and information and physical security programs) for CEODD, NSEOD, NDSTC, and CEODD LSGL.


First Division Consulting Inc.,* Burke, Virginia, is awarded a $24,140,408 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to procure full-time equivalents for field service representative support for current and future electronic warfare systems. Field service representative support will be performed at various locations outside the continental U.S. This contract will have a five-year ordering period and will expire in March 2026. This contract was solicited as a 100% set-aside for small business concerns. Fiscal year 2021 operation and maintenance (Navy) funding in the amount of $218,091 will be obligated at time of award and will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.


We are pleased to announce Chris Williamson as our Employee of the Quarter for Q2 2021! Chris is one of our Life Cycle Logistics Management Analysts on our Project Manager Soldier Survivability contract (PM SSV). PM SSV supports soldiers in all operational environments, improves their survivability, protection, mobility, and sustainability by providing safe, agile, adaptive, durable and operational effective clothing and gear.

Chris supports 41 Central Issue Facilities (CIF) worldwide. He manages and grants access to the E-order system and manages the recertification of all E-Order CIF users with the assistance of the New Equipment Training Team.  Chris travels to new CIF locations to assist with setting them up and provides training on such things as proper sizing and fitting of body armor such as the GEN III & IV IOTV as well as the Modular Scalable Vest II.  He is a very proficient, knowledgeable, and professional teammate.  Chris is a can-do, mission-oriented team member who makes things happen and is consistently recognized by PM SSV and his peers.  Whenever he is called upon to assist or lead, he steps up, does what is needed, and ensures it is completed accurately and on time. 

Congratulations Chris and thank you for all you do for First Division!


FirstDiv is pleased to announce that Ms. Melissa Rubbert has been selected as our Employee of the Quarter for Q1 2021!  Melissa is a stalwart contributor in support of FirstDiv’s United States Military Academy Post Graduate Writing Fellow (PGWF) mission at West Point, NY.  She recently assumed duties and responsibilities as project lead that includes counseling, scheduling, managing, and monitoring a team of six educators.  Melissa led our team who conducted 373 hours of learner centric writing sessions for 100 cadets.  Further, she provided exceptional support towards on-boarding new PGWF personnel.  She collaborated with FirstDiv senior management and government personnel during the interviewing process to ensure each candidate possessed the academic credentials and experience to perform PWGF duties. She worked closely with the Director and PM of the West Point Writing Program to determine the strengths of both current and new tutors to ensure their diverse skill sets were positioned for optimum performance.   Melissa identified training needs, then provided our new hires with orienting documents consisting of a PGWF Handbook, best practices, scholarly articles, and  self-made guides to aid in the performance of their duties.  Her unwavering commitment as the project lead coupled with her tenured knowledge and experience significantly enhanced the overall operations within the USMA Mounger Writing Center.    

Additionally, Melissa leads her team to assist FirstDiv with improving the proposals we submit to bid on government contracts.  Her team already made a noticeable difference in the first proposal they reviewed for us.  The contract we hope  win supports the US Army Sustainment Center of Excellence with Instructors, Training Development and Training Support Services.  


Congratulations Melissa and thank you for all you do for FirstDiv! 



First Division Consulting (FirstDiv) is excited to announce our recent award supporting the Naval Surface Warfare Center Crane (NSWC Crane), Expeditionary Electronic Warfare Systems Division (EEWSD) with Field Service Representative (FSR) support. Our efforts will include ground based and low altitude electronic warfare (EW) radio frequency (RF) systems to assist missions in all Combatant Commands. FirstDiv FSRs will provide technical expertise to end users of EW/RF systems, by training EW officers and individual units on system maintenance and operations. They will travel to remote forward operating bases (FOB) to interface with end users of systems when required. Efforts are currently in CENTCOM, PACOM, AFRICOM, EUCOM, SOUTHCOM, and NORTHCOM.

We are pleased to announce that Mr. Paul LoBianco has been selected as our December 2020 Employee of the Month.  Paul supports our US Army Sustainment Center of Excellence (SCoE) Ordnance School’s Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Training Mission at Fort Gordon, GA.  He recently facilitated 168 hours of requisite electronics training for 17 Soldiers within the Ordnance Electronics Maintenance Training Department (OEMTD).   Paul utilized his expert knowledge of theory of electricity to provide in-depth instruction on troubleshooting and repair of Direct Current, Alternating Current, Analog Integrated, Digital, and Discrete Semiconductor electronic circuitry.  His ability in facilitating electronics instruction enabled soldiers to proceed to follow-on training for Air Traffic Controller, Radio, Avionics and Survivability, Computer Detection Systems, and Electronic Warfare equipment repair courses.

 In addition, Paul used his subject matter expertise along with his intimate knowledge of the supported organization’s training operations to enhance its facilitation of lesson plans.  He implemented innovative scheduling techniques to rectify classroom and equipment availability conflicts, ensuring optimum levels of student to equipment ratios were achieved department wide.  Paul also developed a collective remedial training schedule for soldiers experiencing learning difficulties.  His innovative scheduling allowed government instructors to complete the remedial training outside normal program of instruction (POI) hours.  Finally, Paul employed a government approved After Action Review (AAR) template (which he personally developed) to validate soldiers’ learning concerns.   These AARs provide valuable soldier inputs which further hone our instructors’ strengths and help identify shortcomings to enhance our facilitation of MOS training within OEMTD.  


Congratulations and thank you for a job well done, Paul! 



In keeping with the holiday spirit...I'm pleased to announce that Mr. Scott Fernald has been selected as our Employee of the Month for November 2020!

Scott has supported Product Manager Soldier Clothing and Equipment (PM SCIE) in Soldier Survivability (SSV) for a number of years and is nothing short of outstanding in everything he does and with the support he provides.  He is the epitome of hard work, common sense, expertise, dedication, and mission-first.  Recently, Scott stepped up and began serving as the Acting Assistant Product Manager (APM), successfully managing all of PM SCIE’s Environmental Clothing and Equipment.  Because of Scott’s hard work, Soldiers are getting the proper gear that will protect them and enhance their mission effectiveness, while allowing them to operate in any environment or condition.      

During his time as Acting APM, Scott has almost completed the entire Cold Weather (CW) portfolio, ensuring the Cold Weather Combat Boot (CWCB), CW Socks, Neck Gaiter, and Balaclava have completed testing and user evaluations.   He is currently finalizing the documentation to support Supply Request Packages (SRPs) for Defense Logistics Agency – Troop Support (DLA-TS) sustainment support.   In November, with Scott’s oversight, the CWCB was able to achieve Initial Operational Capability with the completion of the bulk fielding for the 8th Army Korea.      

Additionally, Scott meticulously managed the Improved Hot Weather Combat Uniform – Female and the Athletic Footwear Improvement programs to support Initial Entry Soldiers in the Clothing Bag.  Scott facilitated contracts for the IHWCU-F to help accelerate the program’s schedule.  This ensures two sets of the uniform be issued to all new recruits by August 2021.     

Our customer provides endless praise for Scott’s accomplishments on the Environmental Clothing and Equipment programs and his successes with those programs are immeasurable and valuable to the Soldiers we support.

Congratulations to Scott for his continued outstanding efforts!