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Akima Subsidiary Shines at Noble Skywave 2022


Compass Point wins three awards in global high-frequency radio competition

Herndon, VA – Akima announced today that its subsidiary, Compass Point, earned top awards in the three-day Noble Skywave 2022 military-led High Frequency (HF) competition. The competition measures the number of HF contacts each team can make by voice, data, and distance. The Compass Point team at the Army Fort Huachuca HF Gateway Station in Arizona participates in the annual competition to test and strengthen their skills and expertise. 

The competition, hosted by the Canadian Armed Forces, is considered one of the world’s most prestigious military-led HF competitions in the world. At Noble Skywave 2022, 429 military units from 13 nations around the world put their skills, knowledge, and speed to the test. Compass Point’s team of elite subject matter experts demonstrated their excellence by winning first place in the United States, first place in the 400+ watt transmitting power category, and third overall. 

The competition showcased skills that the Compass Point team hones year-round as they maintain and operate the Army HF Gateway Station located on Fort Huachuca, Arizona. The team runs specialized training sessions for military units from every branch of the military; these lab sessions often include HF radio troubleshooting, advanced training on new systems, or help with configuration and set-up. The Compass Point team also uses its extensive expertise to support military radio operators across the country by troubleshooting issues related to frequency, antennae angles, or best configuration for new radio technology. 

“We’re so proud of this hard-working team that is extremely passionate about what they do,” said Barry Smallwood, President of Akima’s Emerging Markets Group. “The knowledge and readiness this team displayed is essential for strengthening connectivity across the Army. This is a critical military mission and lifeline for communication, if and when needed.”

About Compass Point, an Akima Company

From cloud computing and artificial intelligence (AI) to big data and analytics, the future of IT has arrived. Government agencies are embracing disruptive technologies at an increasing rate to improve decision-making, take control of data security, and deliver superior mission outcomes. As an SBA-certified 8(a) company wholly owned by an Alaska Native Corporation, Compass Point delivers a broad range of skilled IT services to support a smarter, more connected government.

About Akima

Akima is a global enterprise with more than 8,000 employees, delivering agile solutions to the federal government in the core areas of facilities, maintenance, and repair; information technology; logistics; protective services; systems engineering; mission support; furniture, fixtures & equipment (FF&E); and construction. As a subsidiary of NANA, an Alaska Native Corporation owned by more than 15,000 Iñupiat shareholders, Akima’s core mission is to enable superior outcomes for our customers’ missions while simultaneously creating a long-lived asset for NANA consistent with our Iñupiat values. In 2022, Akima ranked #28 on Washington Technology’s Top 100 List and #56 on Bloomberg Government’s BGOV200 List of top federal contractors. To learn more about Akima, visit

Akima is more than one company. We are a portfolio of 8(a) companies, small businesses, and other operating organizations. We take pride in being both specialized and nimble — two qualities that allow us to respond quickly to our customers’ unique needs.
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