Lepton Global and Its Partners Demonstrate Complete SATCOM Solutions to Marines During West Coast Tactical & Tech Days

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A group of industry partners organized by Lepton Global Solutions demonstrated the latest in tactical Satellite Communications equipment and services at two Marine Corps events on April 25th and 26th. On Tuesday, April 25th, equipment demonstrations were conducted at the MCAGCC Twentynine Palms and on Wednesday, April 26th at MCAS Camp Pendleton.

Live equipment demonstrations included Paradigm’s SWARM45 Ka-band terminal, Tampa Microwave manpack antenna, and Huckworthy Ltd’s next generation LTE solution. Lepton and Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS) provided the network services for these live demos on Lepton’s Ku-band network and the GlobalXpress® Ka-band network. Huckworthy’s LTE customized system placed in the surrounding area created a Wi-Fi bubble to showcase that the communication between the parties could be possible using both Ku- and Ka-band frequencies simultaneously.

The Marine Corp’s Tactical & Tech Days, the traveling expo organized by NCSI, presents an opportunity for service members and civilians to see the latest in emerging technologies, network with industry experts, and share ideas and goals. In addition to satellite communications, the technologies on display varied from Drones and Unmanned technology to Cyber Security and C4ISR solutions.

For more information on the products and services demonstrated at the Tactical & Tech Days, contact Rob Weitendorf at rob@leptonglobal.com.

Check the schedule of other upcoming events.

Employee Spotlight – Meet Lyuda, Our Marketing Coordinator

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This month’s Employee Spotlight features our Marketing Coordinator Lyuda Promyshlyayeva. She started with Lepton Global at the beginning of this year and serves as a voice of the company in the satellite communications industry and on social media, including Twitter and LinkedIn.

Question: What is your previous SATCOM experience?

Lyuda: I come from a B2B business environment; previously working for manufacturing and distribution companies, and Lepton Global is my first experience in satellite communications. The satellite industry and government marketplace each has its own language, and most of the terms are abbreviated: VSAT, CONUS, SATCOM, etc. It has been fun to learn a jargon and the technical components.

Q: How long have you been with Lepton Global Solutions?

L: I am a newbie – I started at the beginning of this year.

Q: Why Lepton Global?

L: You know when it’s the right match! I like the family atmosphere of the company, and everyone is 110% invested in Lepton’s success. We all have a unique function in the day-to-day operations and are expected to perform well. If there is a chance that you have not done something before, you are expected to find the solution and how to apply it!

Q: What is the biggest perk/benefit of working at Lepton Global?

L: The best benefit of working at Lepton Global is flexibility; we are not tied up by corporate bureaucracy. If there is a need and a consensus to add something to make our operations more efficient, we do it.

Q: What skills are you able to use at Lepton?

L: I make a mean pot of coffee every morning, ha-ha! Then I am wired the rest of the day to write and create. I incorporate my previous experiences to make valuable marketing materials that help customers understand our values and benefits, and why they should choose our offerings over our competitors.

Q: What are some of the non-technical skills that you find useful working at Lepton?

L: I have to deal with a lot of vendors in my field, and treating others fairly is one of the tenets I stick to when conducting business with other companies. It is important to build lasting relationships and treat others fairly, and generally, my contacts will be more inclined to go the extra mile the more I work with them.

Q: Any skills that you would like to master that you think may help you become better in your role?

L: Right now I am learning website development and SEO implementation, unofficially…my knowledge of websites is from a user standpoint, not a developer’s. I have to understand how to improve parts of our website to make the biggest impact on the user experience without affecting other segments. SEO plays a big role in customer experience. Now I am focused on developing more user-friendly content. I guess it helps to be an outsider – I bet there are plenty of people visiting our site who ask the same types of questions I did when I started at Lepton.

Q: Coming from a different state, what is the largest transition you have noticed living in DC/Virginia area?

L: I definitely like the fast pace; city life in DC is amazing! I guess the biggest shocker to me was how many people walk and use public transportation. I am not used to seeing people carrying groceries on foot.

Q: Do you have any special talents?

L: Not really, but I love to spend time with kids. I don’t have my own yet, but all my friends that do let me babysit their children. And I think children love spending time with me as well, whether we go to the movies, a playground, or plan sleepovers at ‘auntie Lyuda’s’. I always try to keep them entertained, at the same time treating them as little adults. Spending time with children I love the never-ending “Why?” questions. It makes you think sometimes: “Really, why?”

Q: Do you participate in any clubs or organizations outside of work?

L: When I first moved to the DC area, I started looking for ways to get involved in the community. Isabel suggested a volunteer organization in DC, whose participants interact with children affected by homelessness. I became involved in the Community of Hope Playnight Project a few months ago and now volunteer with the group about once a week. Playnight serves several shelter communities in the DC area; their main goal is to provide children in these communities with quality playtime. We as a group come up with fun projects to do with the kids every week to give them as much attention as possible, as well as continuity in their lives. I find it rewarding because as volunteers we provide the opportunity for the kids to express themselves and to learn to interact with other children and adults. I think these children look forward to the Playnight Tuesdays as much as I do – no matter how hectic my day has been, I know I will be greeted by smiles, hugs, and the exuberant energy ready to play!

Q: What do you like to do outside of work?

L: I love to travel! Over the years, I have moved around quite a bit. I also have developed a lot of friendships. Now, I plan trips just to visit friends and see where they live. America is very diverse, and I try to capture its beauty on camera. I am not really a professional photographer, but I always bring back hundreds of pictures from my trips.

Meet the other members of our Leadership Team

Get to know Lepton’s Newest Employee!

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Lepton is thrilled to welcome its newest team member, Brad Browning, as the Network Operations Manager and Facility Security Officer. After having served 8 years in the Marine Corps in roles including SATCOM Operator, Instructor, and Site Lead, Brad brings unique knowledge and experience to the Lepton team. Welcome, Brad!

Q: So you’ve just gotten out of the Marine Corps after 8 years of service. Tell us about a developmental experience you had relating to SATCOM.
Brad: As soon as I arrived in Afghanistan with the 8th Communications Battalion, my company commander came to me with the issue that the departing unit had 9 old VSAT systems in need of new parts that they could not get, so they were planning to throw them away. I was able to break down all the old terminals into their individual parts and rebuild 5 complete operational terminals.

Q: Wow. What happened to those terminals?

B: The five operational units were distributed to reconnaissance teams and FOBs across the region in which I was stationed. Without the SATCOM terminals, those guys would only have had HF radios and no access to long-haul communications.

Q: How have experiences like this with the military helped you as an employee at Lepton?

B: My experience in the military gave me confidence and determination to take on difficult and complex tasks with a dedication to see them through to completion with exemplary results. In my new roles, the goals may be different, but the attitude needed to achieve them is the same.

Q: What skills are you able to use at Lepton that you gained while in the military?

B: In addition to an intrinsic sense of curiosity about communications technology, I gained an extraordinary amount of knowledge of satellite communications operations and theory in the Marine Corps. By accumulating over 1600 Lead Instructor hours, I also learned presentation and management skills. Serving as a security manager, I was able to learn best practices for personnel and physical security that I look forward to implementing at Lepton’s new facility.

Q: What are some of your previous accomplishments and/or positions?

B: I have been a SATCOM operator, maintainer, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Site/Team Lead, Senior Instructor, and a Security Manager.

Q: Coming from South Carolina, what’s the biggest change you notice in the DC area?

B: Traffic! There is a lot more hustle and bustle here, after coming from one stop-light town.

Q: Outside of your professional life, are you a part of any organizations or committees?

B: I am currently looking for the best organization to join that helps veterans cope with PTSD and the transition from military to civilian life.

Q: What do you look forward to doing as your career develops with Lepton?

B: The exciting new opportunities to learn about the most progressive technology and being able to provide that to our customers. My experience is entirely with the Linkway systems, so I’m excited to get trained on the iDirect platform and learn about the expanded capabilities of our network. I’m also looking forward to my management role in the NOC and developing a better foundation in Industrial Security after coming from the government side.

Q: Lastly, what do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

B: I enjoy spending time with family, hiking, horseback riding, and learning about new technology and security practices.

We are thrilled to have you!

Lepton Employee Spotlight – Akira Powell

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In this edition of Lepton’s Employee Spotlight, our management team would like to feature another one of our marvelous interns, Akira Powell.

Akira, a University of Virginia educated Information and Systems Engineer, is a perceptive and tenacious intern that has been with us since the beginning of the summer. Akira says that the thing she loves most about working for Lepton is the environment: “I truly feel like we are all learning and growing together as individuals, which then translates to development and success as a company.” In her limited spare time, Akira enjoys seeing new places and trying new foods with her loved ones. The Lepton team has truly benefited from her effective data analytics, interpersonal skills, and marketing prowess. We will all surely miss her when she returns to Auburn University this fall to complete a Dual Master’s degree program in Business Administration and Industrial and Systems Engineering.

We wish Akira all the best in her future endeavors!

Lepton Employee Spotlight – Zanir Habib

To kick-off Lepton’s Employee Spotlight, our management team would like to feature Zanir Habib.

Zanir is a bright and hardworking intern that will be pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University this fall. Zanir says that the thing he loves most about working for Lepton is the “ability to work with innovative technology in a tight-knit, collaborative environment.” When he’s not in the office, Zanir enjoys reading magazines, namely Economist, Foreign Policy, Wired, or National Geographic. We will surely miss the curiosity, creativity, and efficiency that this intern brings to the Lepton team, but we wish him the best of luck this fall at JHU!

SATCOM Requirements Are Not Made Equal, So Why Should Their Solutions Be?

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Whether you are a private business seeking remote connectivity, a university bringing telemedicine care via satellite to our nation’s veterans, or a U.S. military base offering VSAT-based training to soldiers, each of your satellite communications needs are different from another. Quite simply, the optimal solution for your SATCOM requirements is not a “plan” so commonly available in the commercial satellite communications marketplace. Although seemingly convenient for price comparison, cookie-cutter SATCOM solutions always fall short on flexibility and often result in unexpected overages and underwhelming performance. Thus, a customized, cost-effective, and managed turnkey satellite communications solution fills a tremendous industry void.

Addressing this void and ensuring highest quality from the marketplace, today’s enterprise and government customers are demanding not only reliability and security from their satellite network providers, but also flexibility and excellent customer service.

If your organization is looking for a managed turnkey satellite solution that is also customized and competitive with plans offered by various commercial providers, consider the following elements

  • Coverage across all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean
  • Self-designated uplink/downlink speeds
  • Fast, secure and reliable Internet connection
  • Contract term choices that best suit your business requirements
  • Clear voice calls even over a satellite network
  • Unlimited data usage and no overage fees
  • Traffic and application prioritization upon request
  • Content restriction as required
  • Full monitoring and control access

Lepton’s new Managed Satellite Network Service – North America fulfills all of these needs. Our iDirect-based platform provides a secure and reliable satellite network using Intelsat’s Horizons 1 North American satellite (@ 127° WL) footprint and a Lepton-owned, co-located hub at the Hawaii Pacific Teleport in Oahu, Hawaii. More importantly, Lepton manages the end-to-end service from its own Secure Operations Center (SOC) at Lepton HQ in Vienna, Virginia.

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In addition to the inherent reliability and security features of our satellite network, we offer an unprecedented degree of flexibility with an array of features that can be customized to meet exact customer needs, and our concierge-level customer service ensures an excellent user experience. Equally importantly, in an increasingly vulnerable cyber security environment, Lepton’s compliance with the highest standards of handling sensitive information provides an elevated baseline level of security for all of our customers.

In our relatively short history, we have established an unparalleled reputation with customers and have become known in the industry for what we call the Lepton Edge:

  • Fully-managed customized, turnkey service from a single provider
  • One-stop-shop for flexibility, reliability, and security in communications
  • High-end network security design as a baseline for all customers
  • Quick turnaround honed by military’s rapid response needs
  • A track record of excellent customer service 24×7

If your organization has a need for a customized SATCOM solution in North America, call us at 1 (571) 313-1256 or send an email at info@lepton.alasit for more information. If you prefer to comment on our new service offering, we welcome your feedback below.

Delivering a Communications Whole That Is Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

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In January 2015, Forbes summarized “The Big Data Breaches of 2014” that occurred in the commercial world affecting companies from Albertsons to Sony. Around the same time, Dr. J. Michael Gilmore, Director of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E) at the Pentagon, issued a warning in his 2014 annual report: “Cyber adversaries have become as serious a threat to U.S. military forces as the air, land, sea and undersea threats represented in operational testing for decades.”

The same day that President Obama was delivering a speech in January 2015 at the Department of Homeland Security’s “National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center,” hackers loyal to Islamic State briefly hijacked the Twitter and YouTube accounts belonging to the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM).

Cyber security in today’s hyper-connected world is as big a problem on the commercial front as it is for the government and military. In fact, as the demand for networking and communications resources continues to rise in both the private and public sector – three critical success factors (CSFs) stand out: flexibility, reliability, and security. In this post, we look into each one of these CSFs as they pertain to the deployment of a satellite communications network.

Reliability and security in communications networks are closely intertwined in that a network is only as reliable as it is secure and vice versa. The communications network infrastructure is made up of a number of “talking” parts that span the seven-layer ISO-OSI network architecture. There is no single company with expertise in manufacturing and delivering the best product/service/solution set across all of these seven interconnected layers. Delivering a true end-to-end communications solution requires not only carrier networks, but also a systems integrator with the knowledge and relationships to aggregate and integrate the required parts from providers of the various layers.

Since customer requirements vary in nuanced ways, the ability to identify and assemble the optimal solution to the communications puzzle in the expected time frame is what differentiates the winner. This is where our philosophy comes into play: “the communications whole is greater than the sum of its partners’ parts.”

 

For our core satellite network components, we maintain space segment globally on various operators’ satellites. We rely on iDirect infrastructure to provide a secure and reliable satellite network that can be deployed in various topologies, such as STAR (hub and spoke), mesh, hybrid, and point-to-point (SCPC). These configurations support multiple satellites and frequencies including C-, Ku-, Ka-, and X-bands.

In addition to iDirect’s comprehensive level of network security, including built-in 256-bit AES encryption and TRANSEC, plus FIPS 140-2 and IA STIG compliance, our upcoming FISMA-compliant Security Operations Center (SOC) interface into the iDirect network will ensure Top Secret compliance as a baseline level of security for all of our customers. At the infrastructure layer, we use MAC I and II compliant teleports, follow strict access control processes, and maintain rigorous SOP in line with FCL standards.

As far as flexibility goes, we offer customers significant leeway in defining their communications network parameters, such as uplink/downlink speeds, satellite frequency band options, number of remote sites to be connected, CIR needs, maximum number of simultaneous users, terrestrial links requirements, TCP acceleration, VPN requirements, contention ratio, security considerations, co-location of customer hardware, and BYOD options, including customers wanting to integrate use of their own satellite terminals.

More importantly, our flexibility is further defined by our approach to engineering solutions. We do not offer cookie-cutter solutions and accommodate any communications requirements request to deliver a tailored solution that precisely meets our customer’s needs. We always include unlimited data usage as part of our communications solution, irrespective of the network/circuit involved. Also, our solutions customization spans the spectrum from short-term, occasional use on contended networks to long-term, frequent use on dedicated networks. Most significantly, we excel at quick turnarounds, especially due to our experience with military clients that are often confronted by rapid response situations.

From a solutions delivery standpoint, our process removes the burden of dealing with multiple vendors, allowing customers to focus instead on their applications and missions. We have developed strong relationships with various network partners to integrate the various required “parts” – hub equipment, space segment, antenna systems, baseband systems, TCP acceleration software, teleports/hosting hubs, and terrestrial links – into customer solutions. So we work with these partners as required to engineer the optimal communications “whole” for a customer – i.e. a complete end-to-end solution. The design, engineering and implementation of an end-to-end solution is achieved through our phased process that includes defining requirements, analyzing and proposing an initial design, conducting site survey(s), refining the solution as required based on outcome of prior steps, ordering and installing equipment, configuring service, and providing maintenance and customer support.

In summary, we have highlighted three critical success factors—flexibility, reliability, and security—that are key to the successful deployment of a complete communications network solution. More significantly, in delivering a communications whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, we have developed a flexible business model to complement the existing reliability and security features of our partners’ communications networks. Finally, and most critical to the security element, we are in the process of enhancing a key security access level in our networks that will go a long way to protect against the cyber security threats that this post emphasized upfront.

To learn more about how we integrate our “partners parts” and execute our phased process to deliver a “communications whole,” we encourage you to query/comment on this post or complete the form below to receive a more detailed white paper on this topic from us.

SATCOM Rapid Response Support for PACOM HA/DR Missions

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A typhoon, earthquake, or tsunami strikes the Pacific Ocean’s Marshall Islands, creating a humanitarian disaster in one of the Earth’s most remote locations. This type of scenario is considered a “when, not if” eventuality in the PACOM AOR thanks to the region’s abundance of islands and likelihood of natural disasters. Increasingly, the US military is being called upon to provide rescue and recovery in this part of the world, and meeting new capability needs in a shrinking budgetary climate poses challenges.

Recently, a PACOM military unit demonstrated an immediate response capability to this type of occurrence by deploying a humanitarian response team on short notice to the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. The remote location as well as the necessary assumption of compromised or destroyed local infrastructure forced this team to establish a portable satellite communications plan with 96 hours notice and limited aircraft space. The response unit contacted Lepton Global Solutions with this rapid response need. Despite the limited turnaround time, the Lepton team deployed a full turnkey satellite communications solution that enabled mission success.

Because of coverage limitations over the area, Lepton supported the mission with a WGS-certified GATR Technologies C-Band 2.4 Meter VSAT Antenna, which packs into two checkable hard cases and was deployed within minutes upon arrival at the mission site. Lepton had hardware delivered to the customer site and deploying personnel trained within 72 hours.

The C-band service was powered by Lepton’s Block Network, which allowed the customer to activate a short-term (30-day) block of C-band service on satellite NSS-9 that provided comprehensive coverage over the mission region. Lepton ensured that the equipment provided was configured and ready prior to departure for the mission site.

About Lepton Global Solutions’ Offering

Lepton Global Solutions was created to meet the evolving and increasing needs of modern military technology in an austere budgetary climate. We are meeting the technology needs of our clients by partnering with best of breed VSAT platforms and structuring a flexible and responsive service offering; Lepton has established the necessary relationships with VSAT manufacturers that meet DoD’s critical needs and have the required WGS certifications. Lepton’s bundle can also include a turnkey solution for baseband enclaves that have the DOD Enterprise-Wide ATO allowing seamless connectivity to NIPR / SIPR networks.

We are adapting to current budget challenges by offering a flexible menu of hardware, bandwidth offerings, locations, and Occasional Use service options. Lepton has also pioneered the concept of bundling a complete turnkey SATCOM solution that can accommodate any variety of hardware, throughput requirements, frequency band, geographic demand, and term length. The Block Network allows customers to enjoy short-term access to managed iDirect satellite services anywhere in the world

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The GATR 2.4M Terminal Provided Voice, Video, and Data to a deployed PACOM unit demonstrating Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Efforts in a simulated disaster

Bringing Healthcare to the Frontlines

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East Carolina University and Lepton Global Solutions Team Up for Veterans

Lepton Global Solutions has partnered with East Carolina University to bring world-class telemedicine care to our nation’s veterans via satellite communications. Powered by Lepton’s comprehensive satellite network, the ECU Telemedicine/Outreach Van “Rover” travels throughout coastal North Carolina to provide care to veterans who live too far from care facilities or who are unable to access care, often as a result of their service disabilities. By providing mobile care, ECU can ensure that patients suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other service-related conditions do not fall through the cracks. Upon the success of the pilot program, ECU hopes to expand this offering on a broader scale in coming years.

Program Overview: Operation Reentry North Carolina

Operation Reentry North Carolina: Resiliency and Reintegration through Technology (ORNC: R&R) is a research program under Operation Reentry North Carolina, a national research support organization funded by the Department of Defense and designed to strengthen the resiliency of and facilitate the reintegration of military veterans through creative and innovative uses of technology. ORNC: R&R focuses on veterans struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues who are homeless or at-risk for homelessness. The program relies heavily on telemedicine technology to provide healthcare for its target patients, many of whom are unable to access conventional healthcare facilities.

Lepton Global Solutions supports the program by providing satellite communications equipment and service that enables voice, video, and data on the van. The rural nature of the program’s mission presents connectivity challenges that require satellite technology. The satellite link provides critical access for the program’s patients to ECU physicians, psychiatrists, and medical testing devices.

After six weeks of operations, the program has engaged more than 21 homeless veterans, with several currently receiving clinical services. The overall scope of the program includes $276,277 of funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, with second and third year funding pending success of the program.

Veterans: An At-risk Population

Military veterans are at a significantly higher risk for substance abuse and mental health disorders than the civilian population. This risk is compounded by the facts that veterans have a significantly greater chance of experiencing a homeless episode, are more likely to experience these issues when representing minority sub-populations, and are unlikely or unable to seek treatment due to barriers such as stigma and residency in rural areas.

Eastern North Carolina is an epicenter for these issues. With six major military installations located in four eastern NC counties, approximately 100,000 veterans call Eastern North Carolina home. This rural region is challenged by poverty, unemployment, and limited treatment resources. ORNC: R&R combats the cumulative effects weighing on veterans’ mental health in this region with steps that include:

  • Deployment of a telemedicine van in eastern NC to conduct mobile outreach to homeless or at-risk veterans
  • Provision of state-of-the-art interventions via telehealth, web- and application-based mediums
  • Coordination of healthcare services with the Veterans Administration and local, community-based treatment providers and resources.

Lepton Global Solutions supports ORNC: R&R in these efforts by enabling internet-based activity during treatment sessions with veterans on the mobile van. The program’s objectives include increasing the number of veterans who access medical, psychiatric, and behavioral health services, reducing homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health disorders among veterans, and increasing social and vocational functioning in patients.

A recent report from Gloria Jones, Program Manager at the ECU Telemedicine Center, outlines the project’s milestones to date since Lepton’s installation and service activation in December 2012. The full report notes that successful testing during February and March by the Project Manager and ECU Chair of the Department of Addictions and Rehabilitation Studies in and around Eastern North Carolina showed that the satellite link provides a HIPAA-compliant environment for diagnostic quality telemedicine encounters, even during severe weather conditions. ORNC: R&R researchers also installed a video conference unit on a mobile cart to be shared among psychiatrists located within the ECU Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinic. The unit’s mobility allows for multiple psychiatrists to provide immediate services from their desks, saving time and enabling an increased number of encounters. To further enhance the program’s telemedicine capabilities, they have procured advanced communications equipment that will permit telemedicine encounters, physician to physician collaboration, educational teaching and training, as well as medically sensitive administrative encounters in a large conference room within the ECU Department of Psychiatry.

About Lepton Global Solutions

Lepton Global Solutions is honored to work with East Carolina University on such a novel approach to veteran healthcare. Created in response to a growing need for lightweight, tactical VSAT communications for the US Special Forces, Lepton has leveraged its flexible global network to grow and support commercial sector applications. We specialize in engineering and delivering flexible satellite communications solutions and designing end-to-end, turnkey solutions tailored to exact customer needs, from equipment installation to 24/7/365 technical support. Our global service offerings include short-term contracts, occasional-use bandwidth, contended networks, internal contention control, and private, dedicated circuits. For more information about how ECU and Lepton Global Solutions continue to improve veteran care or to find out more about our offerings, please contact info@lepton.alasit

Contact Operation ReEntry North Carolina

For contact information and to learn more about ORNC and the Resiliency and Reintegration Program, please visit www.OperationReentry.org