October 08, 2013 The Honorable Frank Kendall Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics 3010 Defense

Pentagon Washington, DC 20310-3010

Dear Under Secretary Kendall, We respectfully request your authorization of an extension of the current Low Rate Initial Production order for the Handheld, Manpack and Small Form Fit (HMS) Program AN/PRC-155 Manpack radio. There is no comparable device to the Manpack two-channel radio available to our soldiers today. Manpack enables connectivity of the individual soldier into the “big Army network.” For the first time in the history of military communications, because of the Manpack, dismounted troops will have their voices heard, their texts received, and their position location painted on a map, visible down to the squad level, making them more effective in their missions and preventing fratricide. As small business suppliers for this one-of-a-kind capability for our warfighters, we represent 35 veteran-owned small businesses, 9 service disabled veteran-owned small businesses, 26 small disadvantaged (SDB) businesses, 36 women-owned small businesses and 10 HUBZone businesses in 32 states across our country—321 small businesses altogether. Authorization of an additional 2,500 Manpacks under the current Low Rate Initial Production order would allow the Army to achieve its goal of fielding to the Capability Sets on time and avoid a break in production. On behalf of the thousands of private and unionized workers that support this program, we formally request this order proceeds so our soldiers can have this highly capable equipment as they operate in harm’s way. We thank you for your consideration and look forward to your response. Sincerely,

Arizona

Christian P. Guy General Manager, CGS Technologies Phoenix

David Cole President, Excel Precision Tempe

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Fred Gagel President, Arizona Industrial Hardware Chandler

Bill Kapler AAA Pallet & Lumber Co. Phoenix

Christopher R Abrams Vice President, Abrams Airborne Mfg. Inc. Tucson

Richard LaMoure VP of Operations, Arizona Components Co. Phoenix

Michele Lacrosse Managing Member, Southwest Tek, LLC Scottsdale

Kathy D. Baechler Office Manager, StarRex Precision Parts, Inc. Mesa

Jason Saxton President, State Seal Company Phoenix

Greg Nelson President, Nelson JIT Packaging Phoenix

Gary Oleksiak President, UNI-FIX Phoenix

Dawn Visser President, MJS Designs, Inc. Phoenix

Sandy Ridgel Contract Admin., Ktec Equipment & Supplies Chandler

Robert Budde President, Aero-Space Southwest, Inc. Phoenix

California

Sudesh K. Arora President, CEO, Natel Electronic MFG Services Chatsworth

John Rolle VP Sales & Engineering, Lenthor Engineering Inc Milpitas

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Riley K. Cole President, Roncelli Plastics, Inc. Monrovia

Dhiru Sorathia Sales Engineer, Rigiflex Technology, Inc. Anaheim

Larry Christensen PJC Technologies, Inc; Speedy Circuits Div Huntington Beach

Donna Garrett President, Garrett Electronics Corp. Santa Maria

Michael Dastmalchian
Maria G. Borja CFO, Metal Etch Services, Inc. San Marcos

Michael Dastmalchian Vice President, Statek Corporation Orange

Gabriel Shar VP, AeroAntennea Technology, Inc. Chatsworth

Tom Doslak VP Sales & Mkt, Steamline Circuits Corp Santa Clara

Mike McConnell Director, KCA Electronics, Inc. Anaheim

David Grossman Vice President, Glenn Dee/MGI Moorpark

Harry P. Alteri Vice President, Ritec Simi Valley

Webb Driver VP Strategic Sales, Anacapa Micro Products Oxnard

Rex Shook Regional Sales Manager, Elma Electronics Inc Fremont Page 3 of 11

Colorado

Donald Gosbee President, Optimum Systems Int., Inc. Arvada

David Premo President, Portable Power Systems, Inc. Thornton

Florida
Mark Lunn Vice President, Bee Electronics, Inc. Fort Pierce

Illinois

Steven Pagliuzza President, CEO, Dial Tools Inc. Addison

M.B. Justice President, Grid Connect, Inc. Naperville

Chris D. Grady President, L.D. Redmer Screw Products, Inc. Bensenville

Michelle Forbes Sonoscan, Inc Elk Grove Village

Indiana

Jacob L. Smelser President, Omega Micro Technologies, Inc. West Lafayette

Lisa Bledsoe Customer Service, JFW Industries, Inc. Indianapolis

Iowa

Jerry Bitterman CEO, Geater Machining & Manufacturing Independence Page 4 of 11

Maryland

Gary LeCompte VP Operations, Kenlee Precision Corp. Baltimore

Vijay Kulkarni President, GL Communications Inc. Gaithersburg

Massachusetts

Paul S. Wagner Vice President, CDP Fastener Group, Inc. Brockton

Tammy Soper President, Alexander Machine & Tool, Co. Inc. Woburn

Doug Gobin President, V-Tron Electronics Corp. South Attleboro

Anuj Srinastava
Renaissance Electronics & Communications, LLC

Harvard

Edward F. MacDonald Owner, Mair-Mac Machine Co., Inc. Brockton

Dan Merrill Vice President Operations, Piconics, Inc. Tyngsboro

Michael Zapolski Vice President of Sales Axis Technologies, Inc. Lowell

Tiffany Cutting Business Development Manager, C&D Electronics Plainsville

Frank Dawson Sales, Beyond Components Westford

Mark Abare President, Plastic Distributors & Fabricators Inc. Haverhill

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Dan Bousquet Major Account Rep., Cases Cases, Inc. Wakefield

William J. Puleo President, Newcom Metal Production Corp. Randolph

Mike Fernandes President & CEO, Polyneer Inc. New Bedford

Jim Veglas CBM Industries, Inc. Taunton

Jay Sherburne Project Manager, Metalcrafters, Inc. Methuen

Jonathan B. Lawrence Vice President, Sonolite Plastics, Corp. Gloucester

John McDonald President, CEO JEM Electronics, Inc. Franklin

James S. Coskren President, CIL, Inc. Lawrence

Edward Colognesi VP, Southbridge Sheet Metal Works, Inc. Sturbridge

Matt Cady Production Manager, Wrobel Engineering Avon

Tom Barry President, Yeuell Nameplate & Label Co Woburn

Deborah McGonagle Fabricated Product Manager Greene Rubber Company Woburn

Josh Roseman Executive VP, Arnold Industries Canton

John M. Caputo President, Parisi Associates, Inc. Billerica

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David A. Varsano CEO, Pacific Packaging Products, Inc. Wilmington

Jeff Sands VP, Hardware Specialty Co Inc Marlboro

Michigan

Paul E. Miller Vice President & General Manager R.A. Miller Industries, Inc. Grand Haven

Minnesota

Mark B. Thomas CEO, HEI, Inc. Victoria

Paul J. Wagner Chairman and CEO, Minnesota Wire St Paul

Rick Taylor Vice President, Taylor Machine, Inc. Circle Pines

Mary Kosters Owner, Unimatic Inc Saint Louis Park

Neil J. Vill President, CEO, World Data Products, Inc. Minnetonka

Cheryl L. Lund VP Business/Product Development Avatek Corporation Eden Prairie

Shelly Zavoral Federal Sales Manager, Transition Networks, Inc. Minnetonka

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New Hampshire

Mark Ryan
Leonard Galvin, Jr. President, Linear & Metric Co. Londonderry Mark Ryan Sales Manager, Brevan Electronics Merrimack

New Jersey

James Kennedy President, JMK, Inc. Amherst

Ray M. Anderson President, Knapp & Koester, Inc. Keene

Mark G. DeLeo Vice President, CDM Electronics, Inc. Turnersville

Gary S. Kuskin President, Sonetronics, Inc West Belmar

Howard Schrier Vice President, Nova Electric Bergenfield

New York

Michael Cole Vice President, Rojan Electronics Poughkeepsie

Vicki L. Flora President, BJG Electronics, Inc. Ronkonkoma

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Richard Hardwick Sales Account Executive TruForm MFG/Product Integration & MFG Rochester

Rey Green Gen. Manager, RLC Electronics, Inc. Mount Kisco

Gene Geraci
Gene Geraci Vice President of Sales and Marketing Advanced Technical Materials (ATM) Patchogue Kyle Roelofts Director, Business Developments Bren-Tronics, Inc. Commack

Carl F. Fahrenkrug, P.E. President, Microwave Filter Company, Inc. East Syracuse

Thomas Skutch Director of Contracts, MITEQ, Inc. Hauppauge

Ohio

Ken Moore VP, Electronics & Communications, Advatech Pacific, Inc. Dayton

Oregon

Chad Haima Vice President of Sales, Pentagon EMS Hillsboro

Dave Matheny Executive VP, ESAM, Inc. Grants Pass

Pennsylvania

William Sinclair President, Aries Electronics, Inc., Bristol

Les Riggall Sales Manager, Brandon Products Group North Wales

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Albert G. Feczko VP Sales & Field Engineering, Timesys Corporation Pittsburgh

William Pote III CEO, Megaphase Stroudsburg

Steve Miller VP, CCO Effective Shielding Co., Inc. West Chester

Rhode Island
Russel J. Hall Vice President, Ritronics Inc. Warwick

South Carolina

Tara Flowe Sales Account Executive, Mercom Corp. Pawley’s Island

Marc Foster Director, Strategic & Government Sales Sealevel Systesm, Inc Liberty

Tennessee

Richard Farris Vice President Operations, Wiremasters, Inc. Columbia

Texas

Don Webb President, EVS Supply Richardson

Jeffrey B. Ceasario President, Christian Manufacturing Austin

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Jim McNeal Vice President, Electro Plate Circuitry, Inc. Carrollton

Paul T. Zimmer CEO, Texas Spectrum Electric, Inc. Wylie

Utah

Thomas L. Breault Director of Aerospace & Government Programs, Parvus Corporation Salt Lake City

Virginia

Scott Sions Executive VP/Program Manager, Tim Price, Inc Tim Price, Inc dba Contact! Corp Winchester

Natalie Gregory Vice President Carahsoft Technology Corporation Reston

David T. Whelan CEO, Alliance Micro Inc Chantilly

Washington

Marc Sweet President, Argosy Component Sales Bellevue

(112 Soldier’s Network suppliers have signed this letter, representing 24 different states)

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