Honored with Nomination to 2021 Best Places to Work

Honored with Nomination to 2021 Best Places to Work

The annual Huntsville Chamber of Commerce’s Best Places to Work Awards honors the “best of the best” member businesses in the Tennessee Valley.  S3  has been nominated as one of the contenders in the Large category.  The winners for each category will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on August 31.  The entire list of contenders can be found here.

Pledges to the WEDC Foundation

is pleased to be a sponsor of Women’s Economic Development Council (WEDC) Foundation. Their mission is to empower women in our community to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing mentors, professional networking, development programs, and flexible financial assistance.

is an annual sponsor of the annual Women Honoring Women (WHW) event. CEO, Jan Smith, pledged $30,000 to Beth Brooks, WEDC Executive Director, at the 19th annual WHW event held 19 September 2019 at the VBC North Hall. CEO Smith delivered the check to Executive Director Brooks and JoAnn Perez, Chairperson, 2019 WHW at on 2 October 2019.

WEDC Executive Director Beth BRooks and WHW 2019 Chairperson JoAnn Perez with CEO Jan Smith

/KBFS Helps Restore Church Steeple in Tulsa, OK

A still fropm Tulsa SkyNews 6 footage shows the MD530F helicopter preparing to lift the steeple.


On September 11, 2019, KBFS assisted Tulsa, Oklahoma area contractors in installing a new steeple on a church roof. The Central Church of the Nazarene, on 81st Street in Tulsa, lost its steeple, installed in 1981, to storm damage back in May. Project coordinators had been planning for the day a new steeple could be lifted into place and community members watched as KBFS’s MD530F Light Utility Helicopter did the lifting. Tulsa’s Channel 6 covered the event.

Channel 6 Coverage

The complete video capture by Channel 6’s helicopter appears below.

Jan Smith, CEO, receives the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America “Heart of an Eagle” Award

August 21, 2019 – Jan Smith, CEO, received the Heart of an Eagle Award from the Greater Alabama Council, Boy Scouts of America.  The Heart of an Eagle Award is given to deserving individuals who have demonstrated leadership, character and integrity in their service to the community, their profession and their country.  Jan was recognized at a luncheon along with Captain (U.S. Army Retired) Gary (Mike) Rose, Medal of Honor Awardee, as well as the Semper Fi Community Task Force.  Guest speaker for the event was the “Voice of the Crimson Tide” Eli Gold.  Her personal motto has served her well; ‘Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.’ That motto has also driven her choices to serve with her personal time and philanthropy to a host of 501c3 organizations that benefit Huntsville, our soldiers, and our nation, inclusive of the following: U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Huntsville Community Foundation, Huntsville Botanical Gardens, Burritt on the Mountain, Huntsville Community Orchestra, Hudson Alpha Institute for Biotechnology, University of Alabama in Huntsville, American Heart Association, National Museum of the United States Army, the Army Aviation Association of America, and many more.   Jan’s service to the community is in keeping with the highest ideals of what an Eagle stands for within Scouting and her recognition was well deserved. 

“Rock Steady” Team Summits Mt. Piegan

is proud to have been a sponsor for the AAAA Climb for the Soldier “Rock Steady” Team. The goal was to climb Mt. Piegan in Glacier National Park, Montana, to raise money for the veteran’s organization, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association, which is a group of vets helping vets in North Alabama. This was a 4.61 mile, very tough, climb.

The Climb took place on August 19, 2019. Participating were Steven Sanders, Sr., Steven Sanders, Jr., LTG Neil Thurgood, Cliff Calhoun, and Steve Mathias. Four of the five are current active duty, or veterans of the U.S. Army; the fifth is a former ROTC Cadet Commander and Raider Team member from Sparkman High School.

“Rock Steady” Team after completing their climb
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