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Arlington, VA—A wind down of expeditionary efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, coupled with imminent Pentagon budget cuts is expected to send a massive influx of professional military veterans into the private sector workforce.  On February 15th, Dawn Halfaker, CEO of Halfaker and Associates, provided insight into the challenges surrounding transitioning service members and led the audience through her inspiring story of her transition from the Battlefield to the Boardroom during the February installment of the Analytic Services Distinguished Speaker Series.

National Harbor, MD— Tremendous strides made in military medicine during the last decade of war have helped increase the survival rate of wounded warriors to unprecedented levels. However, there is still plenty of room for improvement in the Military Health System and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to providing first class support to returning wounded warriors, their families and transitioning veterans.

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.