Tony Bardo Receives Fed100 Award April 15, 2018 Company News , Emergency Communications , HughesNet false Hughes executive recognized for leading efforts to restore critical communications in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands In March 2018, Tony Bardo, assistant vice president of Government Solutions at Hughes received a Fed100 Award for leading an extraordinary effort to re-establish critical communications in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) following the devastation of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. In its 29th year, the Annual Fed100 Awards are among the most prestigious celebrations of exceptional individuals—both from industry and government—who drive federal IT accomplishments. Bardo led the Hughes team during a chaotic and critical time of desperate need. Puerto Rico and the USVI had been completely knocked offline with no power and 2,400 miles of transmission lines destroyed. Bardo’s team showed unprecedented resolve in overcoming several logistical obstacles and challenges to deliver critical satellite communications capabilities to the government after terrestrial-based infrastructures were crippled. The massive effort was made more challenging due to major transportation hurdles. Finding reliable shipping (to and around the island), housing, storage, food, and supplies was no easy feat in the first month following the storm. Bardo’s team, including Deb Chowdury’s program management group, worked 7 days a week with numerous people, companies, agencies, and nonprofit organizations to facilitate the relief and recovery mission by establishing reliable communications capabilities. Hughes involvement in these ongoing recovery efforts will continue for the foreseeable future based on the magnitude of destruction from the storms. Bardo has over 36 years of experience supporting government telecommunications, and during his 15 years at Hughes, much of it has been related to emergency preparedness and response. He has unabashedly leveraged the company’s engineering and network operations resources to deliver much needed solutions during some of the biggest disasters on record, including Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy. Categories See All Connecting the Unconnected (45) Satellite is Essential (40) Company News (39) JUPITER System (28) HughesNet (23) HughesON Managed Networks (17) Community Wi-Fi (15) SD-WAN (15) Interoperability (11) Podcast (11) Emergency Communications (11) Cellular Backhaul (10) Mobility (7) HughesON Digital Signage (1) Popular Blogs Innovations that Changed the Industry: The Two-Way VSATFeb 22, 2021 Audio Podcast Interview with Rick Lober, VP/GM Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, Hughes Network SystemsFeb 17, 2021 EM Weekly Podcast Episode: When Disaster Strikes, Staying Connected MattersFeb 19, 2021 Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Hughes India for LeadershipMar 24, 2021 Hughes “Digital Workers” Improve Field Service and Customer ExperienceMar 24, 2021 Related Posts See All Hughes India Enables Access to Vital Banking Services May 11, 2021 HughesNet Named Best Satellite Internet Service, Meets Increased Demand in More Places May 07, 2021 SSPI Event Explores Tomorrow’s $1.3 Trillion Space Economy May 03, 2021 Hughes Employees Who’ve Shaped an Industry April 12, 2021 Frost & Sullivan Recognizes Hughes India for Leadership March 24, 2021 ENJOY THIS POST? Provide your email below to receive a monthly round-up of what’s happening in the world of connectivity! First Name Last Name Email Company Campaign ID CAPTCHA This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.