Check out AETC Innovation in action!

The AETC Innovation Dashboard connects anyone interested to the innovation activities happening across the command and provides them with data and networking capabilities for their own innovation ambitions.
Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education and Training Command, announced the winners of the AETC iChallenge and awarded a combined $300,000 during the annual Gathering of the Torch event at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. The winners will work with their wing leadership to use the funds to further advance their ideas.

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About AETC Innovation

Developing a world-class culture of innovation is key to the Air Force sustaining a competitive advantage.  The reason why innovation is so important to AETC, and our Air Force, is that it is about mission effectiveness in the way we train and educate our Airman throughout their careers, enhancing their lethality and readiness by developing them with the needed competencies and skillsets for their follow-on to their operational units, Air Force warfighting requirements, and Joint Force commanders’ needs.

Creative approaches, innovation, resources and execution at the speed of relevance are required to sharpen our competitive edge. The advantage will go to those who create the best technologies and who integrate and field them in creative operational ways that provide military advantages

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.

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  • Tech Training Transformation modernizes tech training with virtual reality

    Futuristic training, the kind of immersive simulations seen in sci-fi TV shows, is no longer a fictional dream. It’s almost here. With the Tech Training Transformation (T3) team’s creation of a virtual reality (VR) training system coordinated by artificial intelligence (AI), Air Education and Training Command officials are transforming the Airmen development process. At the forefront of this development stand the cruxes of modern technology, high completion rates and an agile speed of learning.
  • AETC Innovators invited to attend virtual iSummit July 29, 2021

    To fuel collaboration among Air Education and Training Command Airmen, HQ AETC is hosting its next virtual innovation summit (iSummit) on July 29 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. central time. The purpose of the iSummit is to improve collaboration between innovators by providing AETC Airmen a platform to share information on innovative activities. Gen Brown, the 22nd Chief of Staff of the Air Force, declared on Aug 31 2020, “Only through collaboration within and throughout will we succeed.” The iSummit’s focus on collaboration strives to advance the CSAF’s strategic goal of Accelerate Change or Lose.
  • Training the modern world

    In late 2018, the need for a commercial wireless internet system was identified as an emerging requirement by the Air Education Training Command to help expand learning opportunities for Airmen in training in and out of the classroom. The Learning Wi-Fi Service was identified as the solution and a proof of concept was operated at Keesler in early 2019. “The cybersecurity restrictions that are present on the Air Force Network made it impossible for students to get on the cloud and access training material outside of the classroom,” said Antonio Jo Matheu, 81st Communications Squadron chief technology officer. “The Learning Wi-Fi service provides commercial wireless internet to students, so they’re able to access their course curriculum from their personal devices.”
  • 49th CMS showcase maintenance innovation

    In line with the U.S. Air Force’s encouragement to inspire innovation, the 49th Component Maintenance Squadron developed an innovative solution to maintain readiness by continually providing and maintaining operational engines.