News | Oct. 13, 2020

Reserve Citizen Airmen look to reform the organization during Spark Tank 2021

By Staff Sgt. Matthew Matlock Air Force Reserve Command Public Affairs

Air Force Reserve Command  judges have selected  two semifinalists to represent Reserve Citizen Airmen in the Spark Tank 2021 campaign.

The annual campaign encourages intrapreneurship, innovation and adoption of emerging technologies by having Airmen submit ideas on how to address pain points within their organizations.

In the early stages of the campaign, Total Force Airmen submit ideas to their major commands with hopes to advance through the ranks and be one of the six contestants to pitch their ideas to the secretary of the Air Force, chief of staff of the Air Force, chief master sergeant of the Air Force and celebrity judges at the 2021 Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium held in Orlando, Florida, in February.

Reserve Citizen Airmen are highly encouraged to support their wingmen by logging into the crowdsourcing platform Airman Powered by Innovation (CAC required) and vote for their favorite ideas (direct links below).

AFRC semifinalist winners are:

Idea# 10407 submitted by Master Sgt. Jason Wiley, 302nd Air Lift Wing. (pitch video)

Fuel Cell Training Hub (CAC required)

Idea# 8103 submitted by Technical Sgt. Alec Wamsher, 934th Air Lift Wing. (pitch video)

TDY Night Vision Goggle Calibration Booth Kit (CAC required)


Wild Card voting is also now in place until October 31, for the remaining submissions that did not win at the major command level.

Submissions in the wild card voting stage must receive more than 50 votes before the deadline or risk being dropped from the selection process. Submissions remaining after October 31st, will move on to an Air Force board for review and selection of two additional Total Force semifinalists.


AFRC wild cards are:

Idea# 9646 submitted by Christian Jacobs, 434th Air Refueling Wing. (pitch video)

Combine base level 911 centers to save $$$ & increase efficiency (CAC required)

Idea# 9723 submitted by Master Sgt. Kenneth Melchi, 310th Space Wing. (pitch video)

Continuous Sanitization light products (CAC required)

Idea# 11007 submitted by Staff Sgt. Samuel Hendricks, 419th Fighter Wing. (pitch video)

Improving Medical Case Processing Efficiency (CAC required)


AFRC late submissions (deadline 16 October):

Idea# 14052 submitted by 944th Fighter Wing

Aircraft Power Cart Quick Disconnect Idea (CAC required)

Following the board, six finalists will be selected to attend the main event in Orlando.

All non-finalist submissions will be moved to the API open-call campaign to further develop their ideas.

Follow AFWERX on social media for the latest campaign information:

 LinkedIn | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | Medium | YouTube