Innovation
A showcase for Keesler's 81 Training Group who leads with innovation.
STATE OF AETC: Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast, commander of Air Education and Training Command, talks about building the United States Air Force for the 21st Century!
AETC Innovation Challenge Award winners are announced at the 2017 Senior Leader Conference at Sheppard Air Force Base.

How To Submit Ideas

Reach out to your local Air Force base's Spark Cell.

If your base doesn't have a Spark Cell, you may be able to submit your idea directly into IdeaScale at usaf.ideascalegov.com.

About AETC Innovation

“You teach people how to be innovative by teaching them to observe human nature and understand what motivates people. Everything that prevents us from being creative, everything that prevents us from being innovative as a group is rooted in human nature.

 We must be masters at this game of innovation and we better be world class at developing a culture of innovation. The two forms of innovation that keep you perpetually relevant are innovation that sustains what you are doing today and what is working, and then innovation that changes you into something that can do the same thing in a different game, a different world, a different economic curve.

Through new programs like Pilot Training Next, which is using virtual and augmented reality technology to study how Airmen learn more rapidly, AETC is embracing a culture of innovative thinkers who are emboldened to always look for better ways to complete the mission.

The trick here is to have a strategy for sustaining innovation that is traditional, but the strategy for a transformational innovation has to be fluid — it cannot be bogged down, because it will grow and migrate and move as you explore and try to bring it online. The predicate is that you design something that uplifts the current investment to the maximum degree possible, so that it will be accepted, eventually, as the strategy evolves.

Developing Airmen requires promoting learning and experience opportunities across the Continuum of Learning. Airmen should always strive to learn and innovate faster, because that is the only sustainable advantage in modern warfare.

If there is one question you ought to leave here remembering, it’s this…How can I do this job better?”

-Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast

Commander of Air Education and Training Command

AETC INNOVATION NEWS

  • AETC launches podcast focused on “Developing Mach-21 Airmen”

    AETC has launched the "Developing Mach-21 Airmen" professional development podcast to communicate and inform the Total Force across the globe on relevant, timely topics related to the recruiting, training, education and development of Airmen.
  • MGMWERX celebrates grand opening of new innovative, creative space

    MGMWERX opened their doors to partners from Air University and Montgomery for the grand opening of
  • Pilot training moving at the speed of innovation

    The implementation of virtual and augmented realities by the 80th Flying Training Wing is creating a portfolio of tools that allows instructor and student pilots alike to enhance the learning experience within the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training program, the world’s only internationally manned and operated combat pilot training program.
  • Gudgel: Industrial Age way of teaching giving way to innovation

    Chief Master Sgt. Juliet Gudgel, AETC command chief master sergeant, said Jan. 31, 2018, during a three-day visit to North Texas that Sheppard AFB is leading the charge on challenging the status quo, training Airmen in a different and meaningful way, and employs equipment and innovation in a way that creates a new and exciting experience for new Airmen entering the Air Force. It’s the new process of developing Mach-21 Airmen using 21st century tools and technology.
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