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   innovAtion          (from Page 1)  According to Dylewski, the cell is                                                                                            Looking back: Medical operations during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm
                                    already working on changing the way
   der to bring the service more rapid and   low-observable coating is applied  to
   affordable capability.”          aircraft to help create a more consis-
     Luke AFB is no stranger to innova-  tent curing process, bringing more 3D                                                                                                       by                                                                           Medical personnel   air transportable hospitals, with help from
   tive ideas after winning the 2020 Air   printing resources to the base, address-                                                                                  AiR FoRCe meDiCAL SeRViCe                                                                    respond to a mass   a 250-bed contingency hospital staffed by
   Force Spark Tank competition, an   ing sporadic power cart reliability, sur-                                                                                                                                                                                   casualty event     the Military Airlift Command, supplied
   annual event hosted at the Air Force   face tablets to facilitate smooth remote                                                                                               History Office                                                                   during Operation   most of the in-theater hospital beds and
   Association’s Air Warfare Symposium   work, and more.                                                                                                              FALLS ChuRCh, Va. — Just six days                                                           Desert Storm.      staff for the Air Force in Desert Storm.
   in Orlando, Florida, where Airmen   “The Thunderbolt Spark Cell is going                                                                                         after Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait, Aug. 8, 1990,                                                First-stage medical   First-stage medical care and evaluation
   pitch innovative ideas to a panel of   to be able to take those ideas and make                                                                                   the Air Force Medical Service began its larg-                                                 care and evalua-   was available at 31 deployed air transport-
   top Air Force leadership and industry                                                                                                                            est deployment since the Vietnam War.                                                         tion was available   able clinics. The Air Force eventually pro-
   experts. The 56th FW is also a finalist   them a reality,” said Dylewski. “Inno-                                                                                   In August and September 1990, the Air                                                       at 31 deployed     vided 925 beds in Southwest Asia staffed by
   in the 2021 competition with the Next-  vation that drives us to live and work                                                                                   Force placed the first in-theater U.S. medi-                                                  air transportable   4,900 medics, almost one out of every 10 Air
   Gen Debrief innovation, a concept that   better here at Thunderbolt Nation is                                                                                    cal facilities capable of both surgery and                                                    clinics. The Air   Force people who deployed. The Air Force
   utilizes augmented reality headsets to   so important because what we do is so                                                                                   chemical  decontamination. The  first Air                                                     Force eventually   also deployed 6,900 medics to staff 3,740
   project a three-dimensional scene into   important. What makes the Thunder-                                                                                      Force medical teams arrived in the Arabian                                                    provided 925 beds   beds in the Air Force fixed and contingency
   a debrief room, allowing pilots to view   bolt Spark Cell and innovation here at                                                                                 Peninsula two days after the combat units.                                                    in Southwest Asia   hospitals in Europe. By the end of the Gulf
   scenarios from any angle.        Luke so critical is that it will help us                                                                                        These teams were the main source of medical                                                   staffed by 4,900   War, the active-duty AFMS was larger than
     “Luke already has people with great   all build the world’s greatest fighter                                                                                   support to all American military forces until                                                 medics, almost     ever, with 14,500 officers, 30,000 enlisted
   ideas to make Luke work better,” said   pilots and combat-ready Airmen. With-                                                                                    the second week in September 1990.                                                            one out of every 10   medics and about 9,500 civilians.
   Dylewski. “That’s obvious when a Luke   out both of those groups, the Air Force                                                                                    The overall Desert Shield medical de-                                                       Air Force people     The reserve mobilization and deploy-
   team makes the finals of an Air Force-  simply cannot accomplish its mission.”                                                                                   ployment was much faster than during the                                      U.s. Air force photo   who deployed.   ment was also essential to the medical
   wide competition for the second year   For more information  about join-                                                       Airman 1st Class Caleb Butler     Vietnam War, even though 175 more hospital                                                                       deployment. Half of Air Force medics who
   in a row. We can also tell by the fact   ing the Spark Cell Board or submit-  A Microsoft HoloLens 2 displays an augmented reality simulation during a demonstration,   beds were deployed during Desert Shield  to deploy by sealift or airlift several days   system. The staff at Air Force contingency   went to Europe and Southwest Asia by
   that a few days after announcing the   ting ideas, contact Capt. Christopher   Oct. 12, 2020, at Arizona State University in Phoenix. The smartglasses project information in   (925 versus 750). Air transportable clinics  after their lead combat elements. By late   hospitals in Europe, like many of their coun-  February 1991 were members of the Air
   Thunderbolt Spark Cell (via email to   Dylewski at christopher.dylewski.1@  3D allowing individuals to interact with their surroundings and each other. Luke AFB Airmen   and hospitals were the key to rapid mobility.  August, the air transportable hospitals   terparts in the Arabian Peninsula, practiced   National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.
   the base), I have a huge list of ideas or access the Ideascale web-  and an ASU student are bringing an innovative idea to strengthen Air Force culture and capa-  The clinics deployed immediately with their  began arriving about two weeks after their   very little combat medicine because casu-  Reservists accounted for almost 97% of the
   from folks about ways to make Luke   site at  bilities with their submission of the “Next-Gen Debrief” project, which uses augmented reality   flying squadrons. The first squadron medical  combat squadrons. By late October, most of   alties were so low. From August 1990 to   aeromedical evacuation cadre.
   better.”                         ideas/recent/campaigns/210.       during the debrief process, in the Air Force Material Command Spark Tank competition.         elements and air transportable clinics left  the air transportable medical facilities were   March 1991, disease and non-battle injuries   Although by historical standards the de-
                                                                                                                                                                    the U.S. Aug. 8, 1990, just one day after the  committed to the operation. In November,   accounted for most of the medical evacua-  ployment was extremely rapid and success-
                                                                                                                                                                    first fighter aircraft deployments. The first  the Persian Gulf deployment expanded to   tions from Southwest Asia to Europe. Ag-  ful, the medical service was fortunate that
   finALists               (from Page 1)  board in information technology, healthcare,   in which mission participants debrief in a   operating in loud or Mission Oriented   air transportable hospitals departed Aug. 11  include hospitals from 10 contiguous United   gressive, preventive medicine was effective   hostilities did not start until 163 days after
                                        and maintenance,” Gautier said. “Seeing the   virtual scene, projected into their current   Protective Posture, or MOPP, conditions
   Tank 2021 semi-finals board to be shared   results of previous competitions, we noticed   environment. This projection provides  a   by allowing augmented sound through   from Shaw, MacDill and Langley Air Force  States air bases.      in minimizing losses to disease. Orthopedic   the initial mobilization. Since there was no
   virtually with senior leaders at this year’s   a spike in ideas about distributed comput-  truly three-dimensional representation of   external microphones to allow the wearer   Bases.                 Desert Storm, January-February 1991  injuries alone accounted for about 43% of   guarantee that this lead time would be avail-
   Air  Force Association Virtual Aerospace   ing, automation, unmanned systems, ad-  events, while also displaying key data and   the ability to hear surrounding noise. This   In mid-August, because of a shortage of   Most Air Force planners did not antici-  the evacuees from the theaters.  able in a future war, the AFMS immediately
   Warfare Symposium.                   ditive manufacturing, and sustainability,   flight parameters. Ultimately, this exercise   improves situational awareness while   airlift capability, U.S. Central Command  pate that the air and ground fighting during   Final statistics on the size of the Air Force   began to ensure that its next response would
     Spark Tank — the Department’s capstone   as well as cultural, diversity and inclusion   improves identification and internalization   wearing noise cancelling hearing protec-  directed less-essential support elements  Desert Storm would hardly tax the medical   medical deployment are impressive. The 15   be even more timely and efficient.
   innovation campaign co-produced by Rich   ideas.”                          lessons learned when analyzing complex   tion. In addition, using this device im-
   Lombardi, Air Force deputy chief manage-  In his 2020 strategic approach entitled   flight events. The information gathered can   proves radio communications while wear-
   ment officer, and AFWERX — unleashes the   “Accelerate Change or Lose,” Air Force Chief   be shared across multiple locations.  ing respirators, masks, and/ or other voice
   innovative capacity of Airmen and Guard-  of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown, Jr., asserts,   (Video at DVIDS:  https://www.dvidshub.  obstructing devices. Hearing protection
   ians, reflecting leadership’s continued ef-  “Our Airmen need us to integrate and ac-  net/video/769748/next-gen-debrief-spark-  offers inner ear hearing protection higher
   forts to empower intrepreneurs, celebrate   celerate the changes necessary to explore   tank-2021)              than current over-the-ear headsets.
   their problem-solving skills and give them   new operational concepts and bring more   • Col. Thomas K. Swoveland, 2nd. Lt.   (Video at DVIDS:  https://www.dvidshub.
   a stage to share their projects with fellow   rapidly the capabilities that will help them   mark Seay, Tech. Sgt. Ananias Ross,    net/video/763599/bone-conduction-spark-
   service members and the world.       in the future fights. To do this, we must . . .   mr. Anthony Apodaca, ms. Crystal   tank)
     “Spark Tank is a fantastic opportunity to   place capability in warfighters’ hands faster   Kelley, mr. Bryan Gilbrech  • Master Sgt. Jason Yunker, Master
   showcase and celebrate Airmen and Guard-  — through innovation, experimentation   United States Air Force Academy  Sgt. Timothy Peters
   ian risk-takers, idea makers and intrepre-  and rapid prototyping, and a collaborative   Colorado Springs, Colorado  52nd Fighter Wing
   neurs who refuse to accept the status quo,   approach with our service and industry   Improving Commander’s Support   Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany,
   develop solutions that improve how our   teammates.”                       Staff Workflow with Office 365         United States Air Forces Europe/Air
   jobs are done,” said Brou Gautier, Spark   Spark Tank 2021 finalists:        A team from the United States Air Force   Forces Africa
   Tank director.                       • Master Sgt. Justin Bauer            Academy developed a ticketing system   Viper Hot Refuel Kit
     Board members reviewed 15 submissions   355th Fighter Wing               to manage submissions, track status up-  The VIPER Hot Refuel Kit takes exist-
   competing for the stage. The selection pro-  Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona,   dates, monitor communication and ensure   ing petroleum oil and lubricant compo-
   cess looked at the need for specific capabili-  Air Combat Command         resolution. Office 365 provided the tools to   nents and uniquely configures them into
   ties as well as concerns of safety, policy, Air   Innovative Approach to C-130 Wheel   design and deploy the system on comput-  a small, hot pit ready package, completely
   Force and Space Force-wide implementa-  Repair                             ers, tablets and mobile devices. One Power   eliminating need to transport refueling
   tion, technical feasibility and scalability.  To address the shortage of C-130 wheels,   Apps app allows users to submit requests   trucks. A custom “sled” built to carry the
     Spark Tank offers  the  opportunity for   Master Sgt. Justin Bauer designed a heat-  and track status, while another allows CSS   components doubles as secondary contain-
   participants to get their ideas in front of key   ing element that fits the wheel, heating only   members to assign, add notes/attachments,   ment to eliminate environmental impact.
   enabling agencies that can share expertise   the portion required by applicable technical   and mark actions as complete. SharePoint   This equipment  will utilize host nation
   and resources such as funding or personnel   data. This heating element only requires   stores the data while Power BI produces   or civilian airport refueling equipment
   for the projects being presented and demon-  120 volts of electricity, making it accessible   live dashboards for status and flagging   to support fifth generation fighters, as
   strate pathways for intrepreneurs to make   to every DOD facility. It weighs just three   overdue actions.      well as any USAF airframe, anywhere
   their initiatives successful.        to five pounds, and reduces the repair time.  (Video at:  https://static.dvidshub.  in the world. The VIPER kit eliminates a
     Although only five ideas will be pitched on   (Video at DVIDS: https://www.dvidshub.  net/media/video/2010/DOD_108013618/  $6,000 per-truck, per-shipment (one-way)
   the virtual stage at this year’s Spark Tank,   net/video/753668/dms-wheel-and-tire-shop)  DOD_108013618.mp4)    cost by allowing the USAF fuels person-
   more than 300 Airmen and Guardians took   • Maj. Kevin Hawkins, 1st Lt. Daniel   • Maj. David Steward, Col. John   nel to utilize host nation/installation
   the plunge and submitted ideas during the   Treece, mr. Dylan Kerr of Arizona   Tran, master Sgt. Chris Pettingill,   infrastructure.
   campaign on the Airmen Powered by In-  State university                     master Sgt. Anthony Taylor, master.   (Video at DVIDS:  https://www.dvidshub.
   novation ideation management platform,   56th Fighter Wing                  Sgt. Charles morrison, Tech. Sgt.   net/video/768818/viper-kit-project)
   which spurred multiple mini-events at the   Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, Air   Chris Anderson                    Spark Tank finalists will present during
   major and field command level connecting   Education and Training Command   100th Air Refueling Wing            the 2021 Air Force Association’s Virtual
   Airmen and Guardians with local resources   Next Gen Debrief – Augmented    RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom,     Aerospace Warfare  Symposium. Voting
   such as public affairs, finance, contracting   Reality Debrief Environment  United States Air Forces Europe/Air   will be open on February 12 at 12 p.m.,
   and legal.                             A team from Luke AFB, in partnership   Forces Africa                     and will close 60 seconds after the last                                             6.5” AD SPACE
     “Key themes included process and policy   with Arizona State University’s Luminos-  Inner Ear Bone Conduction   presentation is  completed.  To vote  on
   change recommendations in addition to   ity Lab, developed the Next Gen Debrief,   Communication                finalists’ ideas, visit:
   development of new products or applying   a concept that utilizes augmented reality   Bone conduction technology removes   ranking_polls/TfwLKPDbObfFIhAQt5Q-
   existing products in new ways across the   systems to create a shared environment   ambient noise and voice constraint when   Id/respond.
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