IRES joins the ERC family…and early Spring Happenings!

Welcome IRES to the ERC Family!

The ERC family continues to grow with our newest contract, IRES (Integrated Research & Development for Enterprise Solutions), supporting the Missile Defense Agency with locations in Colorado Springs and Huntsville. The new ERC IRES employees in  Colorado Springs recently came together for a Meet & Greet with Mike Finnicum, the new Program Manager, Ernie and some of the folks from HR.  We are so delighted to have you in the ERC family!

RC Headquarter Staff is reading, discussing and learning to work together as a team!

Many members of the ERC HQ staff are currently reading The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni.

Ernie led us in reading this book as part of a Directed Sprint. A Directed Sprint is an activity used by Deliberately Developmental Organizations (DDOs), a term used to describe organizations that are intentional about helping their people grow.   The corporate office held a developmental sprint a couple of years ago using the Immunity to Change process developed by Harvard Professors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey. In that sprint, HQ staff worked on personal improvements.   In this directed sprint, rather than working on individual objectives, the group reads material together. They then meet to discuss the book, relate it to organizational goals, and reflect upon their individual roles and responsibilities from that perspective. Teamwork is a topic the corporate office decided to tackle because ERC’s growth makes aligned and cooperative behavior ever more important. Rather than hoping for better teamwork, the corporate office is tackling it deliberately.

AIAA Team at Carts4Hearts

Carts4Hearts, a loose parody of the Iditarod Alaskan dog sled race featuring human teams with decorated shopping carts, is an annual fundraiser for the Downtown Rescue Mission. This year’s race included a team from AIAA (American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world’s oldest aerospace professional association) with our own Naveen Vetcha (ESSCA).  Naveen is the Greater Huntsville Section Chair for AIAA, which covers Alabama and Mississippi. Not only did the team have an awesome space-themed cart, they took home 1st place for the amount of food collected – over 500 lbs! Thanks to all the Huntsville ERC folks who donated food to make this happen!  Way to go, Naveen!

ERC and our employees are making an impact! 

Thanks to some of the PFCs at TOSC for distributing the funds to the selected charities in the Brevard County community – what a terrific impact to make on so many lives!

Cycle4ALZ

ERC was a proud sponsor of the Cycle4ALZ – a ride to raise funds for the Brevard Alzheimer’s Foundation. At the end of the race, Mary Banasik was presented with a surprise special award for her fundraising efforts over the years.  Congratulations to Mary for this recognition!

ERC employee featured in “Apache Warrior” movie!

Bill Neal, a Test Program Integrator on the RWESS contract, is part of a documentary on the Apache helicopter.  Filmed during the invasion of Iraq in March 2003, this documentary provides a pilot’s eye view of action as U.S. forces struck deep into enemy territory. The action takes place in near real time as the Apache crews offer close ground support to troops battling Iraq’s large mechanized army.

Bill recently attended a screening for the film, which included a raffle and other donations, all benefiting the Apache Warrior Foundation.  The film has been viewed at multiple movie festivals across the country and has already won several awards. The documentary became available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon on Dec.12 and will be screened at select theaters across the country.Click the link below to view the story that aired on the local news:http://www.waff.com/story/37094019/redstone-arsenal-employees-featured-in-new-apache-warrior-movieBill, thank you for being part of the team to share this powerful story, and thank you for your service to our country.

Bill Neal, left, with a contact from the Apache Warrior Foundation

2017 Year End Activities and 2018 Start!

Because of the generosity of our employees that support the ERC Helping Hands Charitable Giving Fund, the following grants were made possible in 2017:

In Huntsville:

At TOSC:

AT RPS:

Additionally, thanks the many of you that support the ERC Benevolence Fund, several ERC employees have been helped with financial assistance as they faced hardships.

Space Night with the Huntsville Havoc!

ERC was proud to support the first ever Space Night with the Havoc…and our very own Ryan Noe (from Business Development at HQ – see the red arrow!) was on the ice for the ceremonial puck drop.  Jan Davis, former NASA Astronaut, was also on the ice to officially drop the puck.

A few recent happenings at TOSC

In December, the Purpose Driven Leadership (PDL) program was taught at TOSC. It was great to have Ernie, Kenny and all of the instructors at TOSC, then come together with the class for dinner at the beautiful Exploration Tower!

Cardiovascular Screening at TOSC

Miguel Fernandez  puts on a brave face as he partakes in the monthly free cardiovascular screening. At the screening, they will check your health numbers: cholesterol, blood pressure, and glucose. Hopefully we’ll see more ERC faces at future screenings!

Happy Fall!

Fall is off to a good start at ERC!

Several folks from AFTD (RWESS) attend training session

3 ERC flight test engineers attend a short course at the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School at NAS Patuxent River, MD.   The project aircraft was a Howard DGA-15P, flying from the St. Mary’s County Regional Airport.  Each took turns in separate flights, on the controls and observing flight test techniques, and spent approximately an hour in the air for each flight.They all enjoyed the class and the opportunity to gain more insight to do their best to support our customers at RTC and to support the warfighter.

Huntsville/Madison County Leadership Connect Program

Ruby Stevens, ERC HQ Business Development, is a current member of Connect, the young professional leadership program offered by the Huntsville/Madison County Leadership Office.  The program features 5 monthly program days that focus on various aspects of our community.  This past program day was: The Value of Public Service.

According to Ruby, “the goal was to place us in real life scenarios to help us understand what first responders have to deal with on a daily basis. In one activity, we were tasked with suiting up in firefighter gear, and completing an obstacle course one by one that consisted of chopping wood, crawling through a 36 inch tube, utilizing a fire hose, other strenuous exercises. As a result of this activity, I have gained a greater appreciation for firefighters and the work they do to keep society safe.”

Halloween Fun – the ERC way!  

We had a fun Halloween celebration at HQ, and so did some of the folks at RPS!  Yep, it’s fun to cut loose sometimes!

Perfect day for a Shrimp Boil! 

The ERC family at ESSCA (MSFC) gathered together on a beautiful Fall day to enjoy some good fellowship, recognize a few ERC employees with milestone service awards and enjoy an shrimp boil!  We do some good eating at all of our ERC locations!