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Eglin fire idea reaches 2021 Innovation Rodeo finals

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  • By Shannon Carabajal
  • AFIMSC Public Affairs

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center announced finalists for the 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo.

The AFIMSC leadership team and Ventures Innovation Office staff picked eight finalists out of more than 370 submissions to compete for a share of $1 million in funding and resources to pursue their ideas.

Conducted virtually this year due to COVID-19, the 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo takes place Feb. 5.
“The pandemic has changed things for us this year, but we will keep innovating and looking for ideas that will improve the way the Air Force delivers installation and mission support capabilities and support our families,” said Marc Vandeveer, AFIMSC chief innovation officer. 

Finalists will spend a week learning from leading innovators and honing their pitches before trying to convince a board of senior Air Force installation and mission support leaders that their idea is the best. 

“Installation and mission support Airmen are resilient problem solvers. Since the pandemic forced the Air Force to adjust to a new normal, they’ve shown they are able to adapt and innovate to keep delivering crucial support to military families while maintaining readiness at our installations,” he said. “We’re excited to hear more from the finalists next month, and look forward to working with them to build the base of the future.” 

The top ideas are:

DBIDS Scanner Auto-Ping Script
Submitted by Staff Sgt. Jordon Varnier, 30th Security Forces Squadron, Vandenberg AFB, California
Idea: Use a Defense Biometrics Identification System, or DBIDS, scanner auto-ping script to eliminate the need to physically go to every installation gate for accountability. 

MIPR Processing Solution
Submitted by Dan Gibson, AFIMSC Resources Directorate, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
Idea: Use robotic process automation, or bots, to streamline and improve the military interdepartmental purchase request process and address system limitations and auditability challenges.

21st Century Air Force Facility Management - 3D Structural Scanner
Submitted by Scott McClure, 611th Civil Engineer Squadron, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and Master Sgt. Luke Rogan, 775th CES, Hill AFB, Utah
Idea: Incorporate the use of high-resolution 360-degree cameras and 3D scanners into Air Force civil engineering. These technologies integrate seamlessly with cloud-based solutions to create entirely new, visual-spatial facility management techniques that can be used in space utilization, facility assessments, housing inspections and fire and safety inspections.

Agility for Firefighters 
Submitted by Joseph Suddarth, 96th CES, Eglin AFB, Florida
Idea: Cost-effectively standardize fire departments across Air Force installations with an innovation that has been researched, developed, tested and evaluated by the fire and emergency services flight at Eglin. 

Advanced Disaster Management System - Virtual Reality Command and Control Exercise Reformation
Submitted by Joseph Suddarth, 96th CES, Eglin AFB 
Idea: Invest in a single platform that offers challenging, true-to-life scenarios that provides multi-discipline training for response. The platform would capture the ability to train on all hazards anytime, anywhere without disrupting daily operations. 

The 'SMART' Locker - 24/7 Mail Access for Airmen in AF Dorms
Submitted by Airman 1st Class Ricardo Morales, 461st Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Robins AFB, Georgia
Idea: A smart locker providing Airmen at base dorms with a 24/7 accessible mail locker that would eliminate repeated visits to the base post office, which has limited operating hours, and reduce the time it takes Airmen to receive packages.

Resource Management Unusual Activity Heat Seeker – Artificial Intelligence Enabled
Submitted by Daniel McDermott, AFIMSC Resources Directorate, JBSA-Lackland
Idea: Use artificial intelligence to monitor volatility in the Automated Budget Interactive Data Environment System, or ABIDES, appropriated fund updates for unusual activity using historical and implied volatility values. AI can reduce human error and improve speed and quality of APF resource management reporting.

eCitation System for Base Security Forces
Submitted by 1st Lt Tyler Moore, 366th Security Forces Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho 
Idea: An eCitation system for security forces Airmen that would substantially cut processing time and increase the confidence of inexperienced Defenders who haven't issued many citations. The system would mirror similar programs run by civilian police departments. 

For more information about the AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo, email