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  • eFAILution Wall: Failure + Learning = Successful Evolution

    In 2013, AFTAC formed an Innovation Lab to find ways to improve and accomplish their mission by developing concepts and technologies faster and cheaper. But the number one reason for establishing the lab was to enable innovators within the center to take calculated risks and evolve from failure to achieve success. From that concept grew the center’s “eFAILution” wall – a prominent centerpiece of projects displayed on the wall that didn’t quite make the grade. It’s what lab personnel describe as “…a lineage of success born of failure…” and their central message is simple: continue to learn and evolve from your mistakes.
  • Air force senior leaders announce 2018 Spark Tank Competition

    Enlisted, officer and government employees may now submit their innovative ideas for the 2018 Air Force Spark Tank Competition. The competition calls for Airmen to pitch their innovative ideas to the Air Force’s senior leaders through the the IdeaScale Ideation platform at usaf.ideascalegov.com, and will culminate in a showcase of those ideas in Orlando, Florida, early next year at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium.
  • MHAFB squadrons receive funding to drive innovation

    In February of this year, Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein announced squadrons across the Air Force would receive a new funding authority with the specific goal of accelerating the implementation of the National Defense Strategy. The innovation fund allocated $64 million to total force squadrons to reduce resource barriers that may be preventing ingenuity. As part of an Air Force initiative to fund innovation, the 366th Fighter Wing has approved more than $90,000 in purchases to improve overall squadron-level effectiveness.
  • Beale’s 12th RS begins Companion Trainer Program

    The 12th Reconnaissance Squadron began a Companion Trainer Program (CTP) at the Yuba County Airport in Olivehurst, California Aug. 27, 2018. The CTP is a new program funded through the Squadron Innovation Fund where 12th RS RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots fly manned aircraft with the help of the Beale Aero Club.
  • USDA net system designed to reduce aviation bird strikes in AOR

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture works with safety teams around the Air Force to limit the presence of birds on and around airfields to protect aircraft from bird strikes, an issue that costs the Air Force millions of dollars every year in damages. Here, at the busiest aerial port in the U.S. Air Forces Central Command, the USDA team has taken a system for catching birds used at a few stateside installations in the Air Force and created one fitted for use in the desert. This demonstrates the potential that our Airmen from all components of the Total Force—civilian, Guard or Reserve, or active duty—have to make a difference through their ingenuity and creativity.
  • 363d ISRW takes innovation from buzzword to reality

    Innovation is no longer just a buzzword; it’s a reality (virtually) at the 363d Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing. Over a 10-day period, the wing’s senior leadership and Airmen from the 363d ISRW worked with industry partners in a collaborative workspace right in the heart of downtown Norfolk, Virginia. The objective was to use virtual reality software to simulate notional adversary scenarios with multiple targets in various stages.
  • The ART of training the total force

    In July, the 480th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing’s ART held a Total Force Integration Conference at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, allowing ART members from throughout the geographically separated Wing to connect for three days with over 160 peers from other services and nations, increase their knowledge of the challenges analysts are facing, and to hone team member’s skills.
  • Innovative 1st RS training provides RQ-4 student pilots valuable flying experience

    Becoming an RQ-4 Global Hawk pilot requires specific training, that is unique to remotely piloted aircraft. This training means new pilots not coming from previous manned platforms often have limited experience in the cockpit of an aircraft. The 1st Reconnaissance Squadron is aiming to increase their level of experience with their new, innovative Aviation Fundamentals Training (AFT) program funded through the Squadron Innovation Fund.
  • Advocates for change: 70th ISRW presents Innovation Summit 2018

    Innovation is a word that is often misapplied, overused or just seen as a buzzword. But, innovation for the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing and the Intelligence Community is a necessity to stay ahead of adversaries. The 70th ISRW continued to build a powerful network of innovators as they hosted an Innovation Summit at College Park, Maryland, on July 24, 2018, to help connect motivated individuals from across the wing and the Intelligence Community.
  • Wingmen Connect initiative aims to create healthier, more resilient Airmen

    An idea developed about three and a half years ago, after an Airman realized her coworkers needed guidance she was unable to provide. Although the location of her assignment was great, the Air Force unit was difficult to function within. Wingmen Connect was created to foster an Air Force culture where members can feel comfortable seeking and receiving help from supporting organizations and experienced Wingmen across all ranks, creating a healthier, more resilient Air Force
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