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  • Pacific Air Forces' innovation lab ‘The Dojo’ now open

    The Pacific Air Forces added a new innovation lab to its roster Sept. 25, 2020 at Yokota Air Base, Japan. Wing leadership and members of the base attended a soft opening of the Dojo, which is the installation’s new hub for problem-solving. The lab is supported by YokoWERX, a spark cell inspired by

  • Innovation backing weaves WIDOW into reality

    In May 2019, U.S. Air Force Maj. Brad Short, then-3rd Wing chief of weapons and tactics, was conducting mission planning the same way it has been done since the 1940s: on a chalkboard, whiteboard or mapboard. He decided it was time to bring the process into the 21st century — to digitize and

  • Kadena 3D prints shields in COVID-19 fight

    As experts search for vaccines, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages have become a critical issue during the outbreak of COVID-19. Many companies, individuals, and institutions have stepped up to fulfill this growing demand – Kadena Air Base is no exception.By utilizing the resources and

  • Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson mechanic innovates safety solution

    The older deicing trucks at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, weren’t engineered with anchor points on top for mechanics to tether themselves with a fall-protection harness in case they slip. Thanks to a civilian Airman with a passion for Air Force safety, innovation and Alaska, that’s

  • Changing Air Force healthcare through innovation

    Innovation is a buzzword often associated with new technology platforms or successful sports teams, but in reality innovation can apply anywhere someone comes up with a new idea or way of doing something.