SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. --
Thirty exhibitors were recognized for their innovative efforts to advance the Air Force at the 2019 AFWERX Fusion Xperience in Las Vegas, July 23-24.
Shana Allen, 50th Force Support Squadron management analyst, said AFWERX is a team of innovators from a variety of organizations brought together by the Secretary of the Air Force.
“When our Air Force community implements innovative solutions we often save time and money,” she said. “In other instances, there could be a new process implemented that results in efficiencies or new services offered which may boost morale. No matter the innovation, we strive to build upon the Air Force senior leader priorities to restore readiness, cost-effectively modernize and drive innovation.”
Allen said Schriever AFB encourages innovation at all levels.
“Schriever AFB’s innovation program is Innovative Warfighters Advancing Readiness,” she said. “It provides a platform for everyone on Schriever AFB to pitch their innovative ideas directly to the wing commander, saving Airmen’s time, saving money and improving quality of life on Schriever AFB.”
Allen said AFWERX is important in continuing to foster a culture of innovation while also providing fresh opportunities to advance Air Force capabilities.
“If you have an idea that you think would be great but you’re not sure what to do next, go check out the USAF Ideation Platform and AFWERX websites,” she said. “The Air Force wants your great ideas.”
Derek Hamby, 50th Force Support Squadron chief of manpower and organization, said AFWERX brings together military, industry, entrepreneurs and scholars to provide real world solutions to the Air Force’s areas that need improvement.
“AFWERX is important because the Air Force can continue to be the leader in air, space and cyberspace,” he said. “Without innovation we risk falling behind our adversaries.”
Hamby said anyone can participate in programs like AFWERX.
“Today’s Air Force operates in a constrained fiscal environment,” he said. “Implementing innovative ideas provides avenues to free Airmen’s time and save funding. This allows both Airmen and funding to be diverted to areas that are in need of manpower and funding.”
According to an article released by an Air Force spokesperson, an online AFWERX challenge on multi-domain operations solicited a record-breaking 317 proposals for existing, commercially available concepts which could be applicable to the Air Force problem set.
“I recommend we all be innovative in what we do,” Hamby said. “Without innovation organizations fail. Take VHS movie rental stores, for example. The stores didn’t believe in the digital medium for movies. This failure to embrace innovation resulted in the collapse of these stores. It can also be seen in many other organizations. The Air Force is no different in the fact we have to be innovative to stay ahead of our competition.”
For more information about the iWar panel, contact Allen at 567-2780.