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  • Travis AFB innovation cell dedicates new lab to Air Force legend: Lt. Gen. John Gonge

    The Travis AFB Phoenix Spark innovation cell revealed the name for its new location, April 9, 2021. The space is being named in honor of retired Lt. Gen. John Gonge.
  • AFIMSC releases strategic plan

    The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center released a strategic plan April 9, outlining priorities and associated goals the center is pursuing to optimize delivery of installation and mission support to the Air Force and Space Force.
  • The Spark of Innovation

    AFWERX is a U.S. Air Force program meant to bring new innovations and ideas to the service. It encompasses various smaller programs that foster growth and ingenuity within the Air Force, as well as build relationships with new entrepreneurs and cut the red tape of bureaucracy.
  • Hanscom supports innovative NSIN program

    Digital Directorate and 66th Air Base Group personnel here are partnering with the National Security Innovation Network to support the first Hacking for Defense, or H4D, course at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
  • Operations Airmen “Accelerate Change” in ACC

    In an effort to “Accelerate Change” within Air Combat Command, Airmen from the Operations Division, Command and Control shop have effectively used automation to cut the time required to complete manning forecasts and deployment processes to seven minutes.
  • Air Force Research Laboratory engineer receives Vaught Visionary Leadership Award

    Ms. Diane Buhrmaster, Coatings Technology Team Lead for AFRL’s Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, has received the 2020 Brigadier General Wilma Vaught Visionary Leadership Award in the Civilian Category. This annual award was created in honor of General Vaught for her outstanding service and dedication to the Air Force and the nation. It is presented to an officer (O-6 and below), enlisted person (E-9 and below) and a civilian (GS-15 and below) to recognize that individual’s visionary leadership, innovative efforts and beneficial effect on the U.S. Air Force.
  • Mentorship, diversity in focus during 19th AF leadership visit

    Maj. Gen. Craig Wills, 19th Air Force commander, and Chief Master Sergeant Kristina Rogers, 19th AF command chief, visited the Airmen of Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma, March 29 to 31.
  • AFRL approves Cooperative Research and Development Agreement for silicon photonics

    The Air Force Research Laboratory recently approved a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement between its Nanoelectronic Materials Branch and Iris Light Technologies. The collaboration will be working to develop hybrid silicon lasers. Sometimes called the “holy grail of optoelectronics,” these miniature lasers are part of a broader field of technology known as silicon photonics.
  • MIT partnership helps acquisition officer expand toolkit

    The Department of the Air Force-Massachusetts Institute of Technology Artificial Intelligence Accelerator is helping acquisition professionals better understand AI and how to incorporate it into Air Force programs.
  • Registration now open for virtual AETC Tech Tuesday April 6

    AETC leadership will host AETC Tech Tuesday, April 6 between 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. central time. This Tech Tuesday will focus on database and information sharing. Airmen interested in attending the virtual event can find out more by emailing aetc.A9A.workflow.2@us.af.mil.The event is a coordinated effort between 19th and 2nd Air Force leadership and AETC analysis and innovation directorate, to bring together inventors from across the First Command to foster collaboration.
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