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Washington, DC—Making another small step forward in opening more jobs to women in the military, the Department of Defense (DoD) announced on February 9th that more than 14,000 new job opportunities are expected to open this spring to women. This policy will allow women to perform six jobs that take place near combat units, such as tank mechanic and field artillery radar operator. Additionally, the policy lifts a ban restricting women from serving in combat units below the brigade level.

Washington, DC—Selected from over 130 applicants, Halfaker and Associates’ CEO, Dawn Halfaker, was recently honored as one of ten 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Entrepreneurs. Dawn was recognized amongst extraordinary women whose startups generated $1 million to $25 million in annual revenue last year—and appear poised to become large and global business leaders. Looking to expand on her company’s nationally recognized success, Dawn plans to leverage her company’s strong culture of service to earn $50 million in revenue by 2016.

Washington, DC—In these prolonged times of economic gloom, many wander in the fog of the current fiscal malaise, few have navigated the path to success, and even fewer shine as beacons of prosperity bright enough to illuminate the path for others to follow. Dawn Halfaker recently came together with the participants of the INC 500/5000 Joining Forces Military Mentoring Fair and rallied the military veterans there with the inspiring tale of her rise to success even while she bears the wounds of traumatic injuries suffered in combat.

Washington, DC—Helping to raise the bar for the government contracting industry, Halfaker and Associates’ CEO, Dawn Halfaker, was recently named an Executive of the Year Finalist for the 2011 Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards. Presented by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, Professional Services Council (PSC) and Washington Technology, it is one of the region’s premier honors in the government contracting industry.

Washington DC—“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” ~Winston Churchill

Fairfax Station, VA—On Sunday October 2, 2011, over 400 participants gathered at Burke Lake Park for the 5th Annual Run Around the Lake to raise money and awareness for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP). Although the morning resulted in unseasonably cold and wet weather, participants and volunteers alike made this year’s event a great success. Racers took no time completing the 4.7 miles course, with volunteers and spectators cheering as they crossed the finish line.

Washington, DC—Committed to a culture of service, Halfaker continues to defy a slowing economy as a strong and rapidly growing small business. Halfaker, a service-disabled veteran-owned, woman-owned, 8(a), small business, charts an impressive 153.32% compounded annual growth rate since inception in 2006. A recognized leader in providing professional services and information technology solutions, Halfaker’s impressive growth recently garnered the number 11 spot on Washington Technology’s 50 fastest growing small businesses in the government market rankings.

Potomac, MD—Looking to position themselves for greater success in the fast-growing marketplace of government contracting, Veteran entrepreneurs recently gathered at the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) three-day educational training program to develop best business practices. The intensive program, funded entirely by Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation and VIP sponsors, is offered at no cost to Veteran-owned business executives from across the country at the Bolger Hotel and Conference Center in Potomac, Maryland.

Washington, DC—Eyeing small business growth as one of the keys to strengthening the American economy, the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program is working hard to get more people on the path to starting their own business. The program is designed to remind aspiring entrepreneurs of the fundamental concepts of an entrepreneurial mindset and the opportunities it can provide. Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, was recently showcased as an Ice House Entrepreneur, a combat veteran and entrepreneur who triumphed over adversity by embracing her power of choice.

Fairfax Station, VA—Pay it forward for the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) by joining Halfaker and Associates and J.M. Waller Associates, Inc. at the starting line of the Fifth Annual Run Around the Lake for Wounded Warriors. Last year, approximately 320 supporters collectively contributed $21,660 to the WWP; with your help, we hope to surpass last year’s donation to mark our continued appreciation and support of our Nation’s injured service men and women.