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  • Massachusetts Airmen recognized for innovation

    WESTFIELD, Mass. – Two members of the 104th Fighter Wing Maintenance Group came up with a better way to repair F-15 Eagle panels, saving the Air National Guard lots of money and increasing combat readiness. For their efforts, Master Sgt. Leo Burbee, 104MXG structural maintenance supervisor, and Master Sgt. Bob Oleksak, 104MXG fabrication element
  • Innovation funds help Nebraska National Guard firefighters

    LINCOLN, Neb. – Improving readiness just got a whole lot easier for the Nebraska Air National Guard Fire Department. Using U.S. Air Force innovation funds, the department recently bought a new pump operation simulator that allows firefighters to better prepare for emergencies while saving water. Senior Master Sgt. Rene Arriola, Nebraska Air
  • 149 FW uses STRATFI program to scale additive manufacturing

    SAN ANTONIO – Following the unveiling of the Air Force’s Strategic Financing (STRATFI) program in March 2020, the 149th Fighter Wing has partnered with an innovative startup company to scale additive manufacturing capabilities across the Texas Military Department and Air National Guard.Of the 21 companies selected for these “big bets,” two were
  • 156th Comm. Flight Airmen create innovative software

    CAROLINA, Puerto Rico – Two Puerto Rico Air National Guard Airmen used a college capstone project to bring innovation to the 156th Wing, creating software that could reap big savings. “We created a software that is a user-friendly interface for our help desk personnel, our server administrators and cybersecurity as a whole,” said Tech. Sgt. Luis
  • Air Force Recruiting Service releases Aim High mobile app

    To help better communicate, inform and inspire new recruits and with embedded tools to guide them into the right Total Force career path, the Air Force Recruiting Service’s Innovation team launched the “Aim High” mobile phone application June 15, 2020.
  • Joint innovation a hallmark of Michigan Guard's response

    LANSING, Mich. – Nearly sixty days after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer activated the Michigan National Guard for COVID-19 humanitarian support, U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Bryan Teff, assistant adjutant general – air and commander of the Michigan Air National Guard, is reflecting on the challenges and triumphs of the Guard’s response.“It has required a
  • JSTARS maintainers design tool saving Air Force estimated $500k yearly

    Eight Airmen from Team JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, recently designed an innovative tool estimated to save the Air Force nearly $500k a year in cowling repairs for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The cowling fixture table, an approved tool intended for field-level repairs, was a response to a challenge set by leadership. “The supply system could not meet the demand requirements for these cowlings,” said Col. Robert Nash, commander of the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard. “We needed a sufficient capacity to support the warfighter.”
  • New avionics invention saves Gunfighters time, money

    Wasting time is annoying. For a company, it costs money. For the Air Force, it could cost lives. So what if you had an idea to make things better and save time? Could you make your idea a reality? The Air Force says yes.
  • 173rd FW Vehicle Maintenance braces for heavy snows

    The Klamath Basin sits at more than 4,000 feet of elevation and gets its fair share of snow during the winter months. Thanks to plowing operations the 173rd Fighter Wing continues to train pilots all through the winter months without delay. If a snowstorm deposits more than one-half-inch, plowing operations begin no matter the time and as often as not it’s the middle of the night. A significant part of winter readiness is having all of the snowplows ready for that next big storm and the mechanics at the vehicle operations work hard to ensure they are ready.
  • Tennessee Airman announced as Air Force Spark Tank finalist

    The Air Force announced the six Spark Tank finalists who will showcase their innovative ideas to Air Force senior leaders Feb. 23, 2018, in Orlando, Florida, at the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium.
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