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  • Metals tech training the foundation for NCO's innovative success

    Tech. Sgt. Ryan McBride, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the 19th Maintenance Squadron’s metals technology shop at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas, was on the right side of a success story when his idea to have a C-130J Super Hercules hydraulic pump bracket fabricated using 3D printing technology was realized. While the creation of the part did not happen in a traditional metals technology fashion, it still took a foundational knowledge to be able to envision the product from beginning to end.
  • 'Guinea pig' class conquers innovation, COVID-19 en route to graduation

    Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training Program Class 20-04 has endured unique circumstances during their trek to earn their pilot wings, which began Feb. 26, 2019. Perhaps no other class in the nearly 40-year history of the 80th Flying Training Wing program has faced the traditional trials while also navigating the unknowns of game-changing innovation as well as a global pandemic.
  • AFIMSC seeks ideas for 2020 Innovation Rodeo

    Sheppard AFB Airmen have the opportunity to see their innovative ideas come to fruition as the second annual Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo call-for-topics campaign is open through Dec. 15.
  • The sky's the limit: Sheppard innovation goes from ground up

    To maintain the title of the world’s greatest Air Force, it is imperative to keep moving forward. To commit to never being stagnant. To find creative solutions, think outside the box, and always adapt and overcome.
  • T-38 replacement the newest Red Tail: ‘T-7A Red Hawk’

    Acting Secretary of the Air Force Matthew Donovan made the announcement during his speech at the 2019 Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in National Harbor, Sept. 16.
  • 82nd TRW faculty development tests avatar-based counseling platform

    The 82nd Training Wing Faculty Development Flight is jumping on board the technology train to teach new technical training instructors an old technique in a tried-and-true, yet innovative way – simulation. Basic Instructor Course students are provided an overview of the technology they are about to experience during the roughly 10-minute counseling simulation scenario, which can range in topics from suicide and depression to purposefully failing and mental aptitude.
  • Kwast salutes AETC team for "failing forward" in learning, innovation

    In the nearly two years since Lt. Gen. Steve Kwast took command of Air Education and Training Command, there has been change across many fronts of the Air Force’s recruiting, training and education enterprise.
  • 82nd CONS to host Vendor Day

    The 82nd Contracting Squadron will host a vendor day on April 25, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheppard Club.
  • International environment, innovation to headline 21st-century pilot training

    The 77th meeting of the ENJJPT Steering Committee, which is the governing body of the world’s only internationally manned and operated pilot training program, was held at Sheppard AFB March 11-15 to give representatives from partner nations an opportunity to discuss the physical and financial health of the 55-week long program.
  • PTN innovations moving to undergraduate pilot training

    Beginning May 31, 2019, flying training wings will formally begin integrating innovations from Pilot Training Next into the undergraduate pilot training curriculum,19th Air Force officials announced at the PTN Technology Expo held here March 12-13. Taking lessons learned and data derived from technology use during PTN, the idea is to blend those training approaches and content into the syllabi for specific T-1 Jayhawk, T-6A Texan II and T-38C Talon aircraft flights at UPT wings to accelerate student learning and build better aviators for the future.
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