Thursday, August 28, 2014

OSHA 10 Hour Maritime Course #7615

Teaching the OSHA 10 hour maritime course?  Yes, Valkyrie does that!

Contact Wes Foy for more information!

Want to make waves? Just press "start"!

A very interesting article from Smithsonian Magazine highlights efforts to precisely recreate open-water conditions.  

Our U.S. Navy tests ships in an indoor ocean....yes, you read that right. In the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, a 12-million-gallon, football-field-size pool is the world's most sophisticated scientific wave-testing basin.  

Take a look for yourself...

Switching testing scenarios used to take 20 minutes.  Rolling waters can now be calmed in just 30 seconds.                         (Photo credit: Ryan Hanyok, U.S. Navy)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

2014 Run for the Fallen August 23-24

This weekend, August 23-24, we invite you to run/walk one mile for a fallen service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.   You can even download a race bib to indicate who it is that you'll be honoring.  

If you are unfamiliar with Run for the Fallen, we encourage you to check them out, making sure to watch the video on their home page.  

We'd love to see your photos, too, so feel free to share them with us on our Facebook page.  

And mark your calendars for the 2015 Virginia Run for the Fallen, taking place April 30-May 3.  

Interesting....convenient, TMI or perhaps both?

We live in world where technology is everywhere.  Our smart phones, for many of us, dare we admit it, are like appendages.

And because we tend to be creatures of habit, patterns in our behaviors are becoming increasingly evident, especially if you use the app Google Now.

This article from sheds light on the convenience of technology and after a relatively quick read, will probably leave you pondering a myriad of things....privacy, convenience, or even whether or not you are really as spontaneous as you'd like to think you are!

My how far technology has advanced in a few short years; I remember when my phone was just a phone.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

We're hiring

Yes, Valkyrie is hiring!  

Be sure to check out our available opportunities and share:

In awe...

We just had to share this photo from MSC's Facebook Page:

Their caption reads, "RIMPAC 2014: Forty-two ships and submarines representing 15 partner nations manuever into close formation on Friday! #PartnershipsMatter"

And our very own Beth Vinson said it best in her comment on our Valkyrie Facebook page when she said, "Gives you chills to look at all that power and the men and women on board.  So great to see NATO countries coming together!"

High Speed Race Track on a Carrier? Say what?!?!

So we're all huge fans of our U.S. Navy, right?  And who doesn't love a fast car that handles well???  If you haven't already seen this awesome clip, you'll want to watch it....again and again,  Enjoy!!!

A message of thanks from our President and CEO

Fellow Valkyrians,

Do you recall this past Spring when you were asked to take an online survey for the “Best Places to Work in Hampton Roads” competition? 

Inside Business announced the honorees last week at a luncheon held at The Westin and Valkyrie was named the #2 mid-sized company to work for in the area!  THANK YOU for taking the time to participate and submit your responses.  As a result of the positive feedback received, Inside Business created a special recognition category this year and honored 3 companies.  Valkyrie was one of them. 

The feedback that you all provided led the judges to name Valkyrie as an “Employee Choice” Honorable Mention Company!  I am humbled and honored by the responses that were submitted.  And what I’m most excited about is the passion with which the responses were written.  Please take the time to read the attachments.

When I set out to create this company, I always knew I had to hire top-tier talent.  You’ve heard me say it time and again:  We Hire the Best to be the Best.  And by now, you know that it’s not just a slogan; it really is the very foundation of our corporate culture.  I don’t take my job as President and CEO lightly; I know that there are  225 families who count on the decisions that we make and I am aware of that each day. 

Again, I thank each and every one of you for what you bring to the Valkyrie team.  Keep up the great work!!!

All the best,

P.S.  To our corporate partners who subscribe to our blog, thank YOU all for your role in our success as well!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Just a follow-up to our June 30 post.  Photos from NAVSEA have made their way to us and we are able to share pictures that were taken at the June 23 event held at the Washington Navy Yard.  

If you missed it, be sure to check out the original post!


The Honorable Juan Garcia III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy, pins the medals on Mike (above) and Chuck (below).  Admiral Hilarides, Commander, NAVSEA, awards Mike and Chuck with their certificates.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Helpful reminders to stay safe online and check your credit report

Wi-Fi hotspots in coffee shops, retail shops, airports, libraries, and on educational campuses are often very convenient, but they aren't always secure.

Here's a link to some tips that will help keep your information safe when using wireless hotspots while out and about.

It's a quick read that will prepare you from that convenient, free Wi-Fi connection costing you more than you'd ever imagined!

Nobody ever wants to have to deal with identity theft.  Speaking of which, don't forget to take advantage of your three free annual credit reports.  For more information or to request your copies, visit: or