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50th Space Wing to host third iWAR panel

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The 50th Space Wing leadership is seeking ideas or proposals from Airmen throughout the wing through its iWAR, Innovative Warfighters Advancing Readiness, program based on Air Force Space Command’s “Shark Tank” program, in which Airmen submit their ideas to improve the wing and then present their ideas and proposals to a leadership panel. For more information, contact Shana Allen, management analyst with the 50th Force Support Squadron and lead developer of the program, at 567-2780. (U.S. Air Force graphic by 1st Lt. Scarlett Rodriguez)

Schriever Air Force Base, Colo. --

The 50th Space Wing is scheduled to host its third Innovative Warfighters Advancing Readiness Panel Feb. 12 in the Wing Conference Room here.

“The iWAR program is an innovation program and platform for anyone in the wing to submit an idea they might have,” said Shana Allen, 50th Force Support Squadron management analyst. “An innovative idea doesn’t have to just be technology based either, it can be anything that will save Airmen’s time, improve operations, save [the wing] money or improve the quality of life at Schriever.”

The 50th SW funds and hosts the panel. The panel members are: Col. James Smith, 50th SW commander, Col. Jack Fischer, 50th SW vice commander, Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th SW command chief, and Ronald Gevry, 50th SW director of staff.

“We review the proposals that come forward and we ask questions to help clarify certain aspects of the proposed innovative ideas,” Gevry said. “Once we have all the facts, we deliberate on whether or not the idea is ready to receive funding for implementation, or if additional work needs to be done.”

Previously approved submissions include: Defense Travel System hands-on training, an automatic floor scrubber at the base fitness center, the iPad kiosk at the base fitness center and an advanced radio frequency fundamentals course in the 50th Operations Support Squadron.

“Many times, innovation starts at the lowest level,” Gevry said. “iWAR allows us to fast-track some of those ideas so we don’t get tied down in the bureaucratic process. It also provides the opportunity to improve operations and the quality of life for the folks who are here executing the mission day-to-day.”

Participation in iWAR isn’t just for Airmen stationed at Schriever Air Force Base; any Airman assigned to the 50th SW, including those at geographically separated units, can submit ideas

“It’s only through innovation at all levels we’re going to remain the premier space and cyber-space force in the world,” Gevry said. “So come forward with ideas for innovating and let us make those improvements where we can.”

Airmen who submit ideas can earn incentives which include time-off awards and an opportunity to travel to the Air Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida, to present their ideas.

“The panel has never said ‘no’ to an idea, but they will encourage folks to go back, do more research and find out what it takes to get idea off the ground,” Allen said.

The iWAR panels are normally held May and November every year; however, due to out of cycle submissions and a busy schedule, the 50th SW moved the November panel to February.

“There’s no window or time frame to submit an idea,” Allen said. “If you have an idea, act on it. Don’t sit and wait, get it to us while it’s fresh in your mind. We’re always looking for innovative ideas.”

Before submitting an idea, Allen said it’s important to contact the units on base the idea may impact. For example, If building something, contact the 50th Civil Engineer Squadron, and if doing something technology based, contact the 50th Space Communication Squadron.

There is no consequence if a submission does not get approved by the panel. Instead, Airmen will have time to review their idea, refine it and figure out the nuances of it to resubmit to the panel.

To submit an idea for the iWAR panel, email 50SW.iWAR.Workflow@us.af.mil, or visit https://usaf.dps.mil/sites/afspc-50sw/50MSG/50fss/fsmm/iw/Pages/default.aspx to learn more.

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