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  • Best with what they’ve got: A new life for old parts

    Just like every other aircraft, parts on a B-52H Stratofortress age, get damaged and become unserviceable. One detachment on base has developed a way to take those unusable parts and create hands-on training opportunities for maintainers.
  • Air University phases out Blackboard with new learning management system

    The Air University Communications Directorate has been hard at work over the past 21 months implementing the Canvas learning management system into all Air University schools to improve student and teacher workflows and the gradual phasing out of its old LMS, Blackboard.
  • IHA goes live in cloud

    The status of Air Force installation and mission support programs is now just a click away, thanks to the new Installation Health Assessment tool’s cloud analytics capability.
  • Gunfighter Spark Cell explores new ideas, promotes innovation

    The Mountain Home AFB Gunfighter Spark Innovation Cell hosted a day-long workshop April 2, 2019, in partnership with AFWERX and a specialized Silicon Valley firm, BMNT.
  • Innovation Through Collaboration

    Ellsworth Air Force Base and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology (SDSM&T) have partnered to develop a solar radiation shield for the B-1B Lancer. 
  • Technology, AFWERX, helping SF Academy graduates become more lethal, ready

    Recognizing the pace of change is accelerating, the Security Forces Academy here has taken full advantage of an opportunity to help field tomorrow’s Air Force faster and smarter by adding innovative technology into its apprentice course to help produce more lethal and ready Airmen.
  • Weather stations save Airmen’s time, units money

    The 412th Force Support Squadron, Sustainment Services Flight, came up with an innovative idea that could save Airmen’s time in regards to making decisions based on the rapidly-changing weather conditions.
  • Air Force Connect App consolidates, centralizes resources

    Remember the time when your math teacher said you would never have a calculator handy all the time? We had to learn how to solve problems for ourselves. Fast-forward to now: We still learn the basics, but now we have access to so many tools to expediently acquire the answer. The most common being our mobile devices. The Air Force now has an enterprise-wide mobile app designed to provide Airmen with streamlined access to information they need for their lives and careers.
  • Security Forces initial skills training focus of latest “Developing Mach-21 Airmen” podcast

    Legacy, innovation, technology and an AFWERX partnership at the Security Forces Academy schoolhouse are the focus of episode ten of "Developing Mach-21 Airmen," Air Education and Training Command's professional development podcast series, which released May 28.
  • ‘Gunfighter Dorms’: a must-have app for Airmen

    Finding new, innovative ways to enhance the quality of life for Airmen is on the forefront of the minds of supervisors across the Air Force. A duo of Gunfighter sergeants took this sentiment to heart and started working. Staff Sgt. Alysha Henzler and Tech. Sgt. Daniel Johnson, 366th Fighter Wing Airmen dorm leaders, created an app called “Gunfighter Dorms” to specifically cater to the needs of Airmen in the dorms.
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