Out with the old, In with the new
By Airman 1st Class Cynthia Belío, 18th Wing Public Affairs
/ Published February 13, 2019
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan --
Case A. Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, presented a check for $2,500 to the
2018 Shogun Spark Tank winners for their contingency lodging application,
LodgeNET, on Feb. 11, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.
a deployable, automated, software application developed by the 18th Force
Support Squadron and the 18th Communication Squadron that provides real-time
contingency statistics in a centralized, collaborative platform. This program integrates
and consolidates civil engineering housing data, unaccompanied dormitory data,
and defense lodging system data into one application with a 99% speed increase
compared to manually inputting data.
currently testing functionality during exercises here at Kadena,” said Staff
Sgt. Alexander Nestle, 18th CS software development supervisor and LodgeNET
team member. “We’re also working with representatives from the Head Quarters of
Air Force Services Agency to further develop LodgeNET’s functionality in
anticipation for Air Force wide utilization.”
Base currently has a functioning prototype of the software application. With
continuous development and proper equipment funding, LodgeNET is anticipated to
replace the garrison solution, Defense Lodging System, and improve the
deployable contingency lodging process on a global scale.
a game changer and a force multiplier,” said Bernard Obsuna, 18th FSS information
technology chief and LodgeNET team leader. “[It] is the result of a common team vision: to leverage
technology and innovation to enhance the warfighter’s capabilities.”
incentive programs such as the 18th Wing Spark Tank encourage Airmen to seek
new solutions to everyday problems, and guide them from beginning to end.
“The most rewarding part of this journey was to
see LodgeNET come to fruition through teamwork, communication, and
collaboration at all levels,” Nestle said. “LodgeNET went from an abstract idea
to a defined, functional prototype that could potentially change contingency
operations throughout the Air Force.”