Vol. 7, No. 1 | January 2013    Having trouble reading this email? View it online.

NDC President’s Message:
New Year, New Office, New Habits

Helvi Sandvik

For 17 years I drove from my house to the midtown NANA office and back. I used that time to think about the day ahead or reflect on the day that ended. I had it down to a science-how long it took to go from here to there, from home to work, from meeting to meeting. I was comfortable in that environment, with that routine.

Last month we moved to a new office in downtown Anchorage. It wasn’t an easy move for me. In fact, I tried to delay it. Instead, while I was out of town, my co-worker Deb did what I was reluctant to do. She moved my stuff.

It took me a while to adjust. At first I was on autopilot; my car wanted to turn to the old building. It’s like changing schools or starting a new job. Everything is fresh.

Turns out I like it. I love sharing the elevator with co-workers who have come together under one roof. While refreshing our friendships, we’re finding our way together: How does the coffee maker work? What about this new key card system?

It’s invigorating, this change. It shakes me up a bit, and makes me look at things a little differently. It’s a good way to start the year. To ask, what else am I capable of changing? What else is possible?

Helvi K. Sandvik, President
NANA Development Corporation


Piksik Boosts Team with an Old Helping Hand

James Dommek, Jr. (left), shareholder from Kotzebue, a production assistant for Piksik taking a break with Robert “Bob” Crockett, Piksik’s general manager, after completing a commercial project for Radical Media at the Knik Glacier last October.

James Dommek, Jr. is proof that sometimes having a foot in the door is all it takes. Dommek was first hired by Evergreen Films, a film company NANA acquired an ownership stake in 2010 and has now worked his way in as an independent contractor for Piksik.

Dommek’s portfolio of work includes being a production assistance for by Piksik, NANA’s film support service company, as an extra for the 2012 feature film, “Big Miracle,” the feature-length 3-D video project, “Walking with Dinosaurs,” and assisting with commercials, and fashion shows. He received Production 101 training at a shareholder training opportunity presented by NANA.

When not called to work for Piksik assisting in various projects, Dommek is drummer for Alaskan band, The Whipsaws. The Whipsaws saw their tenth anniversary last October, where they also released their third album.

Making music, Dommek says, is his favorite thing to do. “I feel it’s my favorite part of the day. It’s what I do. I enjoy it.” The band was invited to the East Coast in January 2013 to perform live, where they gave performances in Philadelphia, and New York City.

The link between Dommek’s position at Piksik and his career as musician is that both of his jobs include entertainment. “I enjoy being involved in these projects where the end result is entertainment,” says Dommek. “Someone else is hearing it or watching it and enjoys it.”

A NANA shareholder from Kotzebue, Dommek says he is thankful for his roots to his home village and for his experiences as part of his culture. “I feel grateful to have grown up in Kotzebue, for school, for family involvement, and to subsistence hunt and fish.”


Five Rivers Services Wins SBA’s Administrator’s Award for Excellence

Five Rivers Services Derrell Hodge, technical supervisor, Eric Durrence, shift technician, and Jessie Driggers, station manager, maintain a contract with the U.S. Air Force Space Surveillance System to monitor our atmosphere for debris that may damage satellites in Tatnall, Ga.

Five Rivers Services, was recently awarded the Small Business Administration’s “Administrator’s Award for Excellence.” This award is presented to a select group of small businesses, prime contractors or subcontractors “in recognition of outstanding contribution and service to the nation by a small business in satisfying the needs of the Federal procurement system.” As a company, Five Rivers provides a full-spectrum solutions in communications, networking, IT and command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR) to federal defense and civilian government agencies.

Five Rivers is a wholly owned subsidiary of Akima, LLC (a NANA company), whose family of companies provides more than $1.2 billion in professional services and solutions to federal defense and civilian agencies.

“We are delighted and honored to be selected as one of a very small number of small businesses chosen to receive the Administrator’s Award for Excellence,” said Lori Thomas, Five Rivers president. “This recognition validates the daily commitment we make throughout our business operations to the core NANA values: honesty and integrity govern our activities; commitments made are fulfilled; and everyone is treated with dignity and respect.”


Wolverine Services Partners with Fort Knox to Win Prestigious Energy Award

Wolverine’s energy conservation initiatives and work consolidation contributed greatly to Fort Knox winning the “Better Buildings Federal Award.”

The U.S. Department of Energy Federal Energy Management Program’s “Better Buildings Federal Award” recognizes the federal government’s highest-performing buildings through a competition to reduce annual energy use intensity (Btu per square foot of facility space) on a year-over-year basis. Out of hundreds of applicants for the award, eight semifinalists were named, one of which was Fort Knox, Ky.

“A lot of the credit for this award goes to Wolverine Services and their people,” said Michael Hall, maintenance manager for the Fort Knox Directorate of Logistics. “We asked them to partner with us in this venture, and they did – it went really well.”

When the 12 months of data were evaluated to determine which of the eight semifinalists showed the largest improvement in energy efficiency, Fort Knox placed second for the Boatwright Maintenance Park. “Since we were the only winner in the Department of Defense, I like to think we’re number one in DoD,” said Pat Walsh, director of the Department of Public Works at Fort Knox.

Wolverine Services exclusively occupies several buildings with some government personnel in the Boatwright complex. “Our employees were diligent to implement the energy saving recommendations that were provided,” said Rachel Donaldson, Wolverine Services’ onsite administrative assistant. “We also are careful to replace worn or broken equipment with energy efficient replacements and consolidate some of the work done in the maintenance bays which created a reduction in energy usage.”

Wolverine Services has the post contract for transportation, supply, maintenance, fuel, hazmat and other areas of logistics support at Fort Knox.



Cazador Project Provides Healthcare Services to U.S. Soldiers in England

Leaders from the 501st Combat Support Wing, 423rd Air Base Group and local communities joined more than 60 members of the 423rd Medical Squadron for the Royal Air Force (RAF) Alconbury, U.K. Clinic ribbon cutting ceremony Oct. 19, 2012.

The modernized Royal Airforce Alconbury Clinic saw its first patient on Oct. 31, 2012.

Cazador, an Akima subsidiary in the NANA Family, provided project management services, interior design, comprehensive furnishing and fixtures services, medical equipment and planning, international shipping, international logistics, warehousing, multi-currency exposure mitigation, public relation services, and final turnover and closeout.

RAF Alconbury Clinic is the home of the United States Air Force 423rd Medical Squadron. The squadron operates a medical complex which houses out-patient and dental care facilities for active-duty, dependents of active duty, Department of Defense civilians, and retired military personnel stationed in the Tri-base area (serving USAF contingents at Alconbury, Molesworth and Upwood).

“This brand new facility required a lot of collaboration and effort across numerous agencies, at multiple levels, and was championed by many people over an eight-year period,” said Lt. Col. Cherron Galluzzo, 423rd medical squadron commander.



Akima Brightens the Holidays for Many

By Greg Friedmann, Joe Rogers, Christy Harvey, Flo Stephens, and Tim Gust

Chee Chee Edmonds and Mamie Karmun organized Akima’s Herndon location holiday programs.

Below are just a few of the many ways Akima employees supported their communities and special charities during the holiday season. “Thank You,” to everyone involved for your generosity and for brightening the lives of so many in need.


Akima companies and project sites made a big difference this year for shareholders and charity organizations throughout the country. Employees at Akima’s headquarters in Herndon, Va. donated food and grocery/toy store gift cards to the “FACETS” organization. FACETS is a nonprofit organization that improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year in nearby communities. The FACETS mission is to help clients end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs.

Conchita (“Chee Chee”) Edmonds, Akima’s office manager, and Mamie Karmun, senior advisor of shareholder programs, coordinated the charity drives and a holiday potluck luncheon. An auction of 24 baskets of various goodies were donated by teams and individuals from Akima, Affigent, Cazador, Nakuruuq, Qivliq Federal, SAVA, Synteras, TKC Global, and Truestone. The $3,000 proceeds raised by the auction were donated to the Maniilaq Association in Kotzebue, Alaska. This nonprofit organization provides alcohol/substance abuse, suicide prevention and other community social services to the villages in the NANA Region.


Joe Rogers, Akima’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency project manager, and Don Laney, Akima Intra-Data president, with a special guest at the NGA annual holiday party.

Supporting the Trust

The Akima Intra-Data (AID) project team at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) in St. Louis, Mo. held a raffle to raise funds for the Robert Aqqaluk Newlin, Sr. Memorial Trust Fund in conjunction with their annual holiday party. The party coordinators, Tammy Gray, human resources manager, and Joann Ronshausen, procurement manager, raffled off Coach purses donated by Joe Rogers, Akima’s project manager, and received $1,920 in donations for the trust fund.

The Aqqaluk Trust is a non-profit organization that supports educational, Iñupiaq cultural and language programs.


It’s All about Giving Back

Akima employees Michelle Crawford, Allison Greene, Danielle Gerstenkorn, Bob Barnett, Marie Yochum, Ruth Colpetzer-Bender, and Danielle Tudor present a $500 donation to April Zahner of the Child Advocacy Center, a child advocate volunteer, and Dave Hillman, Child Advocacy Center director.


As in years past, Akima Facilities Management’s team at Fort Gordon, Ga. supported the local Child Advocacy Center and Golden Harvest Food Bank during the holidays. Each charity received a $500 donation. In addition, the contract’s maintenance division employees donated items for a raffle held at the division’s annual holiday party and raised another $500 for the Child Advocacy Center. The center’s mission is to assist more than 900 abused, abandoned and neglected children in the community.

Akima Infrastructure Services (AIS) contributed $600 to Operation Giveback (OGB), a nonprofit organization that supports Wounded Warrior families every year. The AIS contribution went to two families in Alaska—one with two children and the other with four. These families would not have been able to provide their children with Christmas gifts due to the financial burden of losing a service member spouse.

Tim Gust from AIS, who has been involved with OGB during the last two years in support of the Wounded Warrior program, delivered Akima’s donation.



January is National Radon Action Month

You can’t see radon. And you can’t smell it or taste it. But it may be a problem in your home. Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas.

When you breathe air containing radon, you can get lung cancer. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 21,000 lives are lost each year to radon-induced lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths. If you smoke and your home has high radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high.

Radon comes from the natural (radioactive) breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water and gets into the air you breathe.

Radon can be found in all 50 states. It can get into any type of building – homes, offices, and schools – and result in a high indoor radon level. You and your family are likely to get your greatest exposure to radon at home, where you spend most of your time. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated radon levels.

Testing is the only way to know if you and your family are at risk from radon. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes below the third floor for radon.

Testing is inexpensive and easy – it should only take a few minutes of your time. The amount of radon in the air is measured in "picocuries per liter of air," or "pCi/L." There are many kinds of low-cost "do-it-yourself" radon test kits you can get through the mail and in some hardware stores and other retail outlets. If you prefer, or if you are buying or selling a home, you can hire a qualified tester to do the testing for you. You should first contact your state radon office about obtaining a list of qualified testers. You can also contact a private radon proficiency program for lists of privately certified radon professionals serving your area.

You can fix a radon problem. Radon reduction systems work and they are not too costly.

Stay safe and make sure your home gets tested and then test again after the problem has been fixed.

For more information: http://www.epa.gov/radon/pubs/citguide.html#overview

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