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  • Mountain Home AFB: First to use Portable Doppler Radar for CONUS Ops

    Weather can be an unrelenting force and infamously fickle. Severe weather can adversely affect the safety of aircrew and Airmen working in the elements. Fortunately, advanced radars with weather forecasting capabilities can mitigate the associated risks. Keeping constant surveillance on weather patterns and their potential hazards is an important step in enhancing readiness and safety of Airmen. Until recently, this often proved to be a challenge when local radars needed to undergo routine maintenance or upgrades. Mountain Home Air Force Base is the first to show how Portable Doppler Radars (PDRs) can be used to support continental United States (CONUS) operations to fix this problem.
  • Defenders caught on camera: Innovation funds the culprit

    Improving readiness just got a whole lot easier for the 55th Security Forces Squadron who used innovation funds to purchase several action cameras. They recently put the cameras to the test for the first time during an active shooter exercise at the 55th Wing Legal Offices. “The cameras allow for multiple angles and remove officer and bystander perception from the training as it is captured with the devices,” said Tech. Sgt. Raymond Santiago, 55th SFS Operations Support NCO in charge. “During intense situations, adrenaline increases, which can cause misjudgment or misrepresentation of the truth. The camera alleviated the singular point of failure and allowed our team to pin point and walk through the scenarios with real-time accuracy.”
  • First metallic 3D printed part installed on F-22

    The use of 3D printing is not new to the Air Force. The service has routinely used 3D printing for legacy aircraft requiring parts that may be out of production due to manufacturing obsolescence. 3D printing is becoming more common place in the Air Force’s supply chain when it comes to its fifth-generation aircraft. In December, a metallic 3D printed part was installed by 574th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron maintainers on an operational F-22 Raptor during depot maintenance.
  • Computing Technology and Advancements of the 1990s

    Each decade brings its own innovations, but through the wealth of advancements in computing and networking technologies, the 1990s were truly a revolutionary time in the history of the Air Force. Associated organizational changes also foundationally re-shaped the way the Air Force managed communications and further transformed the military’s approach to traditional warfare.
  • Gunfighter Spark Cell brings innovation to the 366th FW

    The 366th Fighter Wing is designing solutions and improving processes with the Gunfighter Spark Cell innovation competition, a program designed to allow Airmen to submit recommendations for improving processes within their workplaces. Base leadership believes the innovation competition brought several ideas that will better the Air Force as a whole. Inspiration for the innovation competition sprouted from leaders wanting to hear from Airmen on how they could improve their daily tasks, enhance readiness, build leaders, take care of Airmen and families, and develop trust among mission focused Airmen.
  • AFIMSC continues to innovate in 2019

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center has been at the innovation forefront since it stood up in 2015, and it's taking it to the next level in 2019. In addition to more than 50 innovations fielded to date that are having a positive effect on installation and mission support operations, the organization’s commitment to be the I&MS innovation leader took a major step forward with the stand-up of an innovation office in November. Chief among AFIMSC’s innovations is the annual Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference (I-WEPTAC). The Air Force’s only I&MS innovation forum develops solutions for challenges facing the agile combat support community.
  • Red Flag 18-3: readiness through innovation, integration and interoperability

    Red Flag exercises provide mission commanders, maintenance personnel, ground controllers, and air, space and cyber operators the opportunity to experience realistic combat scenarios to prepare for future warfare. the Colombian Air Force will participate in the exercise to enhance training and foster enduring relationships through shared participation in operations. The Colombian Air Force’s participation for this iteration of Red Flag is building on our two countries’ long-standing partnership and cooperation. We continue to learn from each other and the insight we gain into each other’s operations ensures we maintain a high level of mutual readiness.
  • 595th SCS Airmen participate in DOD-Silicon Valley partnership

    Picture a room. There are four pilots in flight suits, busy at work – one scribbling on a white board, two moving magnetic pucks around next to the scribbles and the last drawing out equations on graph paper. The room, located in the Combined Air operations Center at Al Udeid, Qatar, is tense. They’ve been at work for hours, and they have hours
  • Beale Airmen, Stanford Design School professors collaborate to inspire creative thinking, innovation

    More than two dozen Airmen walked into the conference room and were greeted by their instructors-- three Stanford University Design School professors. In eager anticipation, they took their seats at various tables. Each table had an assortment of scratch paper, sticky notes, pens and pencils—essentials for brainstorming and creative thinking.
  • AF NTI training streamlines intel Airmen to mission

    When it comes to having the leading edge in air, space and cyberspace, non-commissioned officers from the 70th Operations Support Squadron have taken it to a new level, training Airmen on the importance of Air Force National Tactical Integration (AF NTI).
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