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We’re looking for active duty, reserve, and civilian Airmen and Guardians with ideas for how to make our installation and mission support services work better.
Are YOU looking for a way to help make your Air and Space Forces work better?
Do YOU have a good idea you want to see put into use across Air and Space Force installations?
If so, here are some ways we can help take YOUR IDEAS from concept to reality!
Each year, AFIMSC Ventures holds a “Call for Innovation” campaign. This campaign gives active duty, reserve and civilian Airmen and Guardians the chance to pitch ideas on how to improve the delivery of installation and mission support services. Finalists spend a week learning from leading innovators, honing their pitches, and then presenting their ideas to a board of senior leaders during the annual AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo. Those leaders will select the best of the best ideas to funded, developed, and fielded!
Why submit an idea to the AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo?
Submitting your innovation to the Rodeo is a great way to make a contribution to the Air and Space Forces and enhance your professional experience. Each innovator will get individualized feedback on their innovation. Those innovators whose proposals are selected as semi-finalists (proposals ranked 9-40) will get assistance with finding pathways to have their innovations developed. Those innovators whose proposals are selected as finalists will go the Rodeo and get program management support for their innovations from the Ventures and/or AFIMSC primary subordinate unit spark cell teams. In addition, each finalist will get to compete at the Rodeo to have their innovations funded!
Road to the Rodeo
Each year the Ventures and PSU spark cell teams evaluate proposals to determine which ones will become finalists and go to the Rodeo and which ones will become semi-finalists and get assistance identifying execution pathways. The top eight rated rates proposals will become finalists. The proposals rated nine through 40 will become semi-finalists. The Ventures and spark cell teams consider several factors when making these evaluations. In particular, the teams look at the proposals to determine their alignment with AFIMSC strategic priorities, the potential return on investment to the installation and mission support enterprise, how far along the innovation is in the evaluation and testing process, and the potential impact of Ventures/PSU spark cells support to the innovation.
The rodeo isn’t the only way for Airmen and Guardians to get involved with AFIMSC innovation efforts! Each AFIMSC subordinate units has an innovation office, which, along with AFIMSC Ventures, provides numerous opportunities for innovative ideas to get developed, tested, and fielded.
For example, AFIMSC Ventures is working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center’s Environmental Directorate, the Air Force Innovation Hub Network (AFWERX), and a contractor to use drones to light detection and ranging, multi-spectrum sensors and machine-learning algorithms to map, survey, and inventory habitat for the golden-cheeked warbler at Camp Bullis, Texas. The idea is to take these results and scale out this commercially available technology to other ecological sites that previously required a lot of time and money to manually survey.
An idea to deliver multi-capable equipment for agile combat employment operations won the 2023 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo July 21 in San Antonio.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – Master Sgt. Michael Olsen, maintenance training manager for the 325th Maintenance Group, at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, created a mission readiness training scheduler to eliminate manual input required to schedule formal training courses. The hybrid
2nd Lt. Kiara Nuevo saw how much time and paperwork went into completing a government vehicle inspection, she saw a solution: go digital. Nuevo, 305th Aerial Port Squadron Passenger Operations and Innovations program manager at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, developed a process to
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