ISSUE 8 | May 2022
The Official Newsletter of Knight Federal
Message from the CEO
Hello KFS family!

I hope everyone is doing well and that your 2022 is off to a great start. Knight Federal is off to a BLAZING start this year. We were fortunate to be on the INC 5000 list for the third year in a row and were recognized on their exclusive regional list of the fastest- growing companies in the Southeast. 

We had a record 1st quarter and saw extensive growth in multiple locations. We are happy to welcome to the team our new groups supporting the JRTC in Ft. Polk, LA; the Department of Education in Washington, DC; and the Orlando teams supporting TSS-TMT, RVCT and Cyber Trident.

Knight Federal has been busy over the last few months living out one of our core values, SERVE. Our corporate office had a great time bowling for a cause and helped raise over $3,500 for the Down Syndrome Foundation of Central Florida. Thank you to those that contributed their time and resources to this event. We are very much looking forward to our fundraiser next month in support of the One Pulse Foundation. Our corporate office will be in touch soon to let you know how you can participate. 

Be well and I hope to see everyone soon!

-Chris Baeten
Knight Federal Team Promotion
Samantha Mooney-Outlaw Promoted to Director of Operations
In January, Samantha Mooney-Outlaw was promoted to Director of Operations. In her new role, Samantha is responsible for the operations and administrative functions of the business, ensuring the organization runs efficiently and effectively. She also manages all daily aspects of the operations team and reports to the CEO on operation activities toward achieving business and corporate goals.

Samantha's loyal dedication and service have been an integral part of Knight Federal's success. We are Knight Federal Solutions - Armored in Excellence, Driven by Results!
Knight Federal Contract Updates
We are on the Rise
Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)
Knight Federal is providing mission support to the U.S. Army Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) located at Fort Polk, Louisiana as a subcontractor to Valiant. The mission supports services for the JRTC, one of the U.S. Army's Combat Training Centers, provides realistic, graduate-level collective training experience at the Brigade Combat Team (BCT) level with the primary objective of training light infantry, air assault, rangers, and other special operations units. Historically, the JRTC has hosted rotational exercises for U.S. Army motorized and mechanized formations, as well as select units from the U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy, or U.S. Air Force. The continuity of JRTC mission support services and provision of a multifaceted functional solution that meets the JRTC, FORSCOM, and Department of Defense (DoD) need is required in the most efficient and cost-effective manner.

Training Simulation Software (TSS)
Knight Federal is contributing to the TRAINING SIMULATION SOFTWARE / TRAINING MANAGEMENT TOOL (TSSTMT) efforts as a subcontractor to Cole Engineering Services Inc. (CESI). We are involved in the development of the new generation of integrated collective training system software capability. This includes the development of new training and synthetic environment for the US Army. The effort will support various vehicle configurations executing on CESIs Reconfigurable Virtual Collective Training system hardware. This effort is designed as an Agile effort with a large amount of interaction with the PEO STRI customer.

In support of the Cyber TRIDENT contract vehicle as a subcontractor to CESI, Knight Federal Solutions supports the overarching DevSecOps effort to facilitate the rapid development, security, test, validation, and fielding of complex software and hardware systems. Knight Federal’s team supports the design and implementation of the processes and tools used to deliver an automated, CI/CD pipeline-based DevSecOps systems that is capable of supporting VMs, containers, compiled software applications, scripts, and source code in a pre-compiled state. Knight Federal’s testing team supports the activities associated with this implementation by utilizing a variety of testing methods and equipment. This work is performed in order to offer a more streamlined approach for procuring the military’s cyber training capabilities.
Knight Federal Earns Spot on Inc. Regionals List
KFS Ranks on the list for the Southeast US
Inc. magazine today revealed that Knight Federal, a provider of simulation and training, cybersecurity, IT, and intelligence analysis solutions to the Defense and Intelligence sectors, is No. 169 on its third annual Inc. 5000 Regionals Southeast list with a 63 percent growth rate over two years. This list is the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies based in Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the Southeast region economy’s most dynamic segment–its independent small businesses. 

“Earning a spot on the Inc. Southeast Regional list is an exciting achievement for Knight Federal. Having this exposure is a great way to elevate the exciting growth taking place within our company,” says Chris Baeten, CEO of Knight Federal.

The companies on this list show a remarkable rate of growth across all industries in the Southeast region. Between 2018 and 2020, these 173 private companies had an average growth rate of 147% percent and, in 2020 alone, they added 27,794 jobs and nearly $4.9 billion to the Southeast region’s economy. Companies based in the Miami, Florida, Fairhope, Alabama, and Covington, Louisiana, areas had the highest growth rate overall. 
Knight Federal is an ACG SMART Awards Finalist
14th Annual Awards Program Recognizes Companies for Excellence
Each year, the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG) Chapter of Orlando recognizes companies headquartered in Central Florida whose accomplishments set the standard for operating excellence among middle market, second-stage growth companies.

The SMART Awards program selects winners by an independent panel of judges, drawn from the ranks of experienced financial industry professionals, business owners and executives, academics, journalists, consultants, and professional service providers. Selection criteria include quantitative factors such as demonstrated growth in revenue, profitability, and employees, and subjective factors such as quality of business innovation, corporate culture, entrepreneurial achievements, product development milestones, and demonstrated community involvement. Companies must also have annual revenue between $5 million to $1 billion.

Knight Federal has been selected as a finalist for this year's 2022 SMART Awards! Winners will be announced publicly on May 17 at the awards luncheon.
SkyePoint Partners with Knight Federal
$52M Grant for the Department of Education Federal Student Aid is Largest Prime Contract in SkyePoint's History
SkyePoint Decisions, Inc. announced the receipt of a Task Order award from the Department of Education (DoED), Office of Federal Student Aid (FSA) to perform Cybersecurity Risk Management and Compliance. SkyePoint was largely selected due to its ability to enhance and automate the Authority-to-Operate (ATO) and Risk Management Framework (RMF) processes for FSA. The Office of Federal Student Aid solicited the task order through their Cybersecurity and Privacy Support Systems (CPSS) contract, a GSA HACS SIN Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA). The value of the task order award is $52M over a five-year period of performance which started on December 6, 2021.

Knight Federal is a partner on this task order with SkyePoint.
Knight Federal Welcomes New Team Members
Corporate Office Update
Knight Federal welcomes four new team members to the Corporate Office in Orlando - Kendal O'Neal, Controller, Aaron Moriarty, Business Development Manager, Lindsay Bothell, Contracts Administrator, and Christopher Emigh, Technical Recruiter. We are excited to have you all on our team!
Employee of the Quarter - Northeast Region
Derik Ostrom
Derik Ostrom has been selected as Knight Federal Solution’s employee of the quarter for Quarter 1 of 2022 for the Northeast Region. Derik has been with Knight Federal Solutions since June of 2017 and during his time with Knight Federal has demonstrated a level of work ethic and reliability that have made him an integral part of our organization. Derik has gone above and beyond by volunteering to support multiple efforts and multiple teams.

Knight Federal Solutions would like to thank Derik for all of his continued hard work and for the dedication that he has shown to Knight Federal Solutions over the past five years.
Employee of the Quarter - Naval Tech Support Team
Du Nguyen
Team Knight Federal is celebrating Du Nguyen, the Naval Tech Support Team employee of the quarter (1st quarter) for exceptional efforts. Du has distinguished himself through a very difficult period in the support of Navy efforts. His knowledge of the network led to his assignment to support the NOC where he is often the “go to” team member to trouble-shoot the more complex issues. Working through COVID-19 personnel issues and manning limitations he continues to lead the KFS personnel supporting the Navy Constructive Training Environment (NCTE).

Du's exceptional performance during this period is a credit to Knight Federal Solutions and the Navy Tech Support Team. Congratulations!
Employee of the Quarter - J7 Tech Team
John Nickerson
Congratulations John Nickerson, recognized as the J7 Technical Team employee of the quarter for the first quarter of 2022.

John has been an incredible asset to the Joint Staff J7 Enterprise Architecture Division (EAD) Data Services Team. His level of dedication and perseverance has met every challenging goal set before him. Over the last quarter, John helped finalize a year-long effort to rebuild the US Army forces structure in Joint Training Data Services (JTDS) for the 2021 and 2022 Repositories. This effort saves hundreds of hours for the Enterprise Operational Division (EOD) Database Team by providing the framework to quickly build the United States forces for Joint Training Exercises; John diligently completed unit force structure builds for 734 units and conducted an analysis of over 6000 units across the US Army to ensure all units were properly built.

In addition to his efforts with the database builds, John is also the Program Manager for the Purple Knight Initiative, a program designed to help place wounded and/or disabled veterans in technical and training jobs. Over the past quarter, John has conducted 20 interviews for various internship positions in Data Analysis, Modeling and Simulation, Media, Intelligence, Joint Knowledge Online, Cybersecurity, Acquisitions, Electrical, Hardware, and Simulator Technicians. These positions are in multiple states, and he has helped 9 veterans enter the internship program, 3 disabled veterans graduate from the program and achieve full-time employment, and 9 more waiting to start their internship. He has also helped to expand the number of companies that are willing to support the Purple Knight Initiative.
Knight Federal Raises Funds for Down Syndrome
Tour of Champions Event Benefits Down Syndrome
Foundation of Central Florida
Knight Federal supported the Down Syndrome Foundation of Florida's fundraiser the Tour of Champions - vying for the Corporate Cup!

Due to the amazing support of our team, family and friends, we exceeded our fundraising goal by 141%, raising $3,533.51. It is amazing to know the impact that your gift will make in support of this worthy organization.

Thank you so much for being part of this journey with us! We are Team Knight Federal and we are proud to SERVE our community!
Knight Federal Soaks Up the Magic
Team Building Outing Supports the Orlando Magic NBA Team
Knight Federal held a team-building activity and supported the Orlando Magic NBA Team! What a great way to build camaraderie and friendship! Together we are "Armored in Excellence, Driven by Results!"
2021 Year in Review - A Look Back at 2021
2021 was a great year! We had tremendous success and look forward to another year of continued growth! We are thankful for our team, partners, vendors, family and friends for helping us to stay focused on our core values and fulfill the mission to secure the nation and our warfighters.
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