As our business continues to grow, our team is also expanding its roster of veterans, civilians, and friends and family of our veteran community. A common factor among our existing employees – and a trait we are always looking for among candidates interested in joining our team - is their character of service to community and country with a lasting, positive impact on society at large.
Whether inspired to continue their passion for service to others after leaving the uniform or their desire to make a lasting, positive impact on their communities, churches, and causes they are passionate about, we encourage our team to participate in community service activities as part of their ongoing journey of personal and professional growth.
Bringing DOD, Civilian Agencies Closer
With more than 27 years of paramedic experience, one of our Red Gaters is a dedicated volunteer serving as an intermittent government employee when the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS) is activated during natural disasters, public health crises, or man-made incidents.
Following last year’s Category 4 Hurricane Laura, our team member was deployed to Louisiana to support a civilian mass unit installed next to a local hospital. Joined by trauma doctors and nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, EMTs, paramedics, and ancillary services (administrative, logistics, communications), they were able to support the restoration of local medical infrastructure and save the lives of many local citizens.
The work at Red Gate and the knowledge of how the DOD operates played a critical part in setting up a framework for success when DOD and civilian agencies needed to join efforts during NDMS deployments. “I can make a seamless transition and help them navigate through any potential challenges much easier and quicker,” our team member shared. “It became a way to utilize my unique skillsets for the better of the country and make a measurable impact in other people’s lives.”
Repurposing Military Skills for Helping Those in Need
A former member of the U.S. Army Reserve, another Red Gater often serves as a volunteer at Team Rubicon, a national disaster relief non-profit comprised of veterans, first responders, and civilians. Serving as incident commander leading a team of 25 volunteers, they sheltered at a local high school in Dover, Delaware provided by local authorities in response to Hurricane Isaias. For the following seven days, they helped cut and move fallen trees resulting from the strong wind gusts and picked up limbs brought down by a tornado.
“We can repurpose the skills we learned from when we served in uniform and help those in need. In many ways, when we are out on an operation following a disaster, it is the closest I can get to the feeling of unity and family since 9/12/2001.”
The team’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed by the local news. Check out how their story was featured in the Delaware State News and the Dover Post.
Red Gate’s president T.J. Iak shared, “These are just two examples on how our team members who serve as volunteers set a great example for the company. It is inspiring to see that the leadership and dedication our team puts into supporting our government customers is also replicated in their dedication to continue serving the people when they are in need of help. We are very proud of all our Red Gate volunteers across the company.”
Doing Business With Purpose
True to its military roots, Red Gate also supports several non-profit organizations and community causes – through volunteer time or donations – since its founding.
Every year, the company supports transitioning fellow veterans into civilian life, fundraising for the fight against cancer, a foundation in memoriam of a 9/11 firefighter cancer victim, a local police association, among others.
The company is also committed to supporting local businesses through its various employee-oriented initiatives and activities, particularly as they endure hardship resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.
As we start a new year, we reflect on what has enabled us to be where we are today, and what the next months will bring. Last year hasn’t been easy for anyone – our clients, our business, our employees, our families, and our communities. Our focus on positive client outcomes, hiring employees that align with our culture, continuous improvement and added value in our business operations, and support to our communities became critical elements of our business model that enabled us to accomplish sustained performance despite the challenging times.
In 2020, we were able to win relevant new contracts and recompetes with existing clients, which speaks to the tremendous work our team is providing across our customer base. We continued to re-invest in our business processes that will continue to position us to evolve the company capabilities, a transition that earned us global recognition. And our duty to service continued particularly at a time when our communities needed us the most.
As our government customers faced an overnight change in the way they do business resulting from the global pandemic, our agile business model allowed us to quickly adapt and respond to their new remote work and collaboration initiatives focused on service delivery and were noticed by our clients.
Our corporate core values, MAGIC (mission-driven, agility, grit, initiative and collaboration), carried us through the year with outstanding accomplishments among our clients – from seamless transitions and continued delivery of value-added services during times of transition on the client side, to the successful implementation of new reporting structures exceeding national standards with the potential to serve as a model to replace legacy ones.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN 2021 AND BEYOND
The focus of 2021 will be driven by continued distributed operations due to the pandemic, and capability advancement due to growing operational needs and the rapid acceleration of technology development. As Red Gate continues delivering quality professional solutions, it is critical for our team to remain focused on their continuous learning, our agility to address evolving mission requirements, and keep focusing on client outcomes.
“As we approach our 15th anniversary since the founding of our company, we are very proud of our Red Gate family’s contributions and commitment to having a client outcomes-focused mindset, and the great opportunities that our 2020 achievements will bring upon us in the coming months,” said Red Gate CEO Ernie Benner.
Red Gate has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) among one of the awardees for its One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services for Small Business (OASIS SB) – Pool 1 program.
Widely recognized as a Tier 3, Government-wide best-in-class solutions contract, OASIS SB will allow Red Gate to address the most complex professional service requirements across all federal agencies and other GSA approved entities. Red Gate’s core customers have increasingly been turning to OASIS for their professional services’ needs – and this win represents an important step for Red Gate to continue to provide innovative solutions to our client’s ever-evolving challenges.
“Winning in the most popular pool on OASIS (Pool 1 Small Business) represents the latest milestone in Red Gate’s vision and commitment to supporting the most critical and complex national security agency requirements to safeguard America’s interests and values worldwide,” said Ernie Benner, chief executive officer at Red Gate. “The OASIS SB contract will allow our existing and prospect federal government customers to gain further access to our expertise of building a culture of performance through a much flexible and agile model, while also helping them save time and drive down costs.”
OASIS SB is a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (MA-IDIQ) contract that spans a comprehensive set of professional services required by federal agencies, including program management, logistics, management consulting, engineering services, scientific services, and financial management services, as well as information technology and ancillary support services.