2020 DOL Hire Vet Award Dedication

Over the past decade, Excalibur has been fortunate to benefit from the very thing that makes the US Department of Labor’s HIRE Vets Award so special. The HIRE Vets Award recognizes businesses that appreciate the value and skills Service Members bring from their time in the military, and prioritize supporting veterans in finding and retaining meaningful job opportunities throughout their civilian careers. These talented men and women are highly trained professionals, who possess strong personal character and leadership qualities that make them ideal job candidates and valuable team members.

This year, Excalibur celebrates our designation with award dedication to an Excalibur employee. Hugh Blanchard is our Excalibur Knight we would like to recognize, for his commitment to mission and teamwork, congratulations! Thank you for your service and the service of all your Excalibur teammates. In accepting Hugh commented “I gratefully accept this dedication on behalf of all the great veterans we have on our team.”

Hugh and his dog Kodie Bear

Hugh Blanchard enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1972 as a Private, serving as a Russian voice intercept operator in support of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment along the East-West German border. After completing this enlistment in 1976 as a SGT, he worked in international civil construction projects in Nigeria and Indonesia to obtain funds for college. Using the GI Bill, Mr. Blanchard completed a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and History from Tulane University in New Orleans LA in 1978. Commissioned as a Military Intelligence officer, he served for 20 years in Infantry, Armor and Intelligence units in Europe, Asia and the United States. Highlights included three years of company-level command in Germany and Italy as a Counterintelligence officer, serving on a Military Operations Support team in the Operations Directorate at NSA, and serving as Deputy G-2 of the 25th Infantry Division. MAJ Blanchard concluded his military career in 1995 as an Acquisition Corps officer assigned to the Early Entry Lethality and Survivability (EELS) Battle Lab, conducting some of the earliest Battle Lab experiments in providing C4ISR support to early entry forces. This final tour culminated in fielding the Army Command and Control Enroute System (AC2ES) to Army Special Operations Command in 1995.

Following retirement, Hugh continued conducting Army and Joint Service experiments for almost 25 years as a contractor supporting U.S. Joint Forces Command, the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), and Joint Modernization Command, U.S. Army Futures Command.

Hugh joined The Excalibur Group in 2019 to assist in the analysis and reporting of the final Unified Challenge Experiment 19-2 in support of Joint and Army Experimentation Division (JAED), HQ TRADOC. Following the successful conclusion of this effort, he accepted another task assignment with Excalibur to serve as a “digital scout” supporting Joint Modernization Command, U.S. Army Futures Command. In this current role, Hugh focuses on tracking and supporting Army experiments, and on Army, Joint Service and Allied developments that will affect the Future Operational Environment.

Hugh and his wife Kate live in Yorktown VA, where Kate is a librarian for York County. They rescue abandoned dogs, and currently have two wonderful rescues in their family, Sarah the Foxhound and Max the Collie-Labrador.