E-News Bulletin, January 2009

Vol. 3, No. 8 — January 30, 2009

President’s Perspective: New Ideas Will Fuel our Future

Helvi SandvikLast week the world witnessed history in many ways. Barack Obama’s victory is an historic one, not only because he is the first African-American president, but in many ways, he is also the first Web president.

Whether you voted for him or not, there is no denying that America’s newest president leveraged emerging technologies to secure his win over John McCain.  Mr. Obama engaged potential voters like never before; forever altering outreach tactics of future campaigns on both sides of the aisle.

There are lessons to be learned for NANA companies from the communication strategies and tactics employed by the Obama campaign; particularity in the area of emerging technologies.

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NANA Services, LLC, Gets Surprise Visitor over the Holidays

President Obama meets with the staff of NANA Services K-Bay, HawaiiKaneohe Bay, Hawaii –Santa wasn’t the only visitor to NANA Services Kaneohe Bay (K-Bay), Hawaii operations this holiday season. The award-winning U.S. Marine Corps mess hall team and NANA Services’ team were treated to a surprise visit by President-Elect Barack Obama as he dined with troops at the USMC Base at K-Bay on Christmas Day.

The NANA Services team prepared an outstanding Christmas Day dinner of turkey and ham for both Mr. Obama and the Marines stationed at K-Bay.

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Tell Us About Your Job and Win an iPod Touch During the “This is Where I Work” Contest

Every employee at NANA is as unique as the places around the world we call home. We want to know what is special about the place you live and work. Are you a Cardinals fan and love living in sunny Arizona? Do you dig “chilling” in the below zero temperatures of Northwest, Alaska, or are you going green in the emerald expanse of Oregon? Whatever your story, we want to hear it – and you just might win an iPod Touch with a 50 dollar iTunes gift card.

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The Hunter Award Goes To…

The NDC Finance GroupCongratulations go out the NANA Development Corporation Finance Crew, recipients of the first NANA Hunter Award.

The Hunter Award is given in recognition of an individual, group or department, that – like the traditional Iñupiat hunter – goes above and beyond to help the group succeed. The NDC Finance Group worked long days and weekends to ensure the successful completion of the 2008 NANA Annual Report.

The Hunter Award is engraved with "Sakuulhin Quyanaqtuq" which translates to "We Appreciate Your Hard Work."

Akima Awarded Contract by U.S. Army Program Executive Office

Akima logoCharlotte, North Carolina– Akima Infrastructure Services, LLC (AIS), an Akima company, is a focused on improving human and organizational performance with an emphasis on applying design and technology to learning systems.

Akima’s expertise in the arena resulted in recent award of the PEO STRI Computer Based Instructional Development (CBID) Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ) contract by the U.S. Army Program Executive Office.

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WHPacific Loses Three Valued Employees

Clay Christopher 1955 – 2008

Clay ChristopherOur hearts are heavy as we mourn the tremendous loss of Clay Christopher. Our Chief Technology Officer passed away on December 28th after an inspirational battle with kidney cancer. Clay had recently celebrated his 20 year anniversary with WHPacific; he contributed character and integrity to our Portland office since 1988. He was greatly respected and will be remembered for unwavering dedication to his family, his staff, and his beloved Oregon State Beavers.

There are too few words to describe the impact Clay had on the people of WHPacific, as well as the business of WHPacific. He was a consummate professional who led quietly by example. He balanced a pursuit for perfection with an equal passion for progress. Following this model, a great deal of our company’s infrastructure was developed and/or perfected under his lead. We are a better company because of him, and better people to have known him.

Clay was enormously proud of his three children and head over heels in love with his seven grandchildren. His eldest son, Brian, served in the Army and Marine Corps reserves, and is a few months shy of becoming a journeyman electrician in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. His son Chuck has been WHPacific’s Network Administrator and Clay’s right-hand man since 2002. Clay really enjoyed having Chuck in his daily life, considering it a blessing that few fathers receive from their grownup children. Until the very end, Chuck took excellent care of his dad, both in and out of the office. And how Clay’s face lit up any time you asked about Alisa, his gifted graphic artist and daughter! He openly cherished her independent spirit and technological savvy, from a young age.

Our company’s thoughts and prayers are with the entire Christopher family. We will honor Clay’s legacy and hold him long in our memories.

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