Joint Base San Antonio

Innovation Cells 

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The leaders of innovation cells at Joint Base San Antonio have opened the lines of communication in order to share ideas that can benefit units and organizations throughout the installation.

Since July 2021, innovation cells led by members of various JBSA wings, major commands, and units have had informal quarterly meetings to discuss how they can collaborate, sharing ideas and solutions, to help JBSA as a whole. Now, through official innovation, or spark, cells, Airman and Guardians at JBSA can connect, collaborate, and tap into the growing body of knowledge around innovation in the Air Force and Space Force. Currently, there are over a dozen spark cells at JBSA. 

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AFWERX, a Technology Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and the innovation arm of the Department Air Force, accelerates agile and affordable capability transitions by teaming innovative technology developers with Airman and Guardian talent. In AFWERX, AFVentures expands the Defense Industrial base for advanced technologies, Spark empowers Airmen and Guardian talent, and Prime drives transition to operational capability. Teaming across academia, industry, investment, interagency, and international partners is essential to expanding technology, talent, and transition of dual-use capabilities. Last year, Fast Company ranked AFWERX #16 of Best Workplaces for Innovators.

The AFWERX MISSION is to accelerate agile and affordable capability transitions by teaming innovative technology developers with Airman and Guardian talent. You can learn more about AFWERX and our mission HERE.

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SPACEWERX is the innovation arm of the U.S. Space Force and a part of AFWERX, powered by the Air Force Research Laboratory. SPACEWERX blends the best of commercial innovation with the needs of the men and women of the U.S. Space Force who depend on space technology to do their jobs. Learn more about SPACEWERX HERE

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2019 Innovation Rodeo teams take a few minutes for a group photo at Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Feb. 28.

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2nd Lt. Seth Murphy-Sweet, Pilot Training Next student, takes a 3D vision test prior to virtual reality flying training at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin, Texas, Feb. 5, 2019. Like the first version of PTN, the second iteration is working in a strong collaboration with AFWERX’s Austin hub at the Capital Factory, gaining conduits into industry that help the PTN team work solutions to issues they encounter as they develop the program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Sean M. Worrell)

AFWERX hosts Spark Cell workshop to share ideas, build innovation network
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Maj. Ryan Brewer (right), 14th Flying Training Wing Spark Cell director, explains how the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Spark Cell is creating a culture of innovation at the AFWERX Spark Cell Workshop Dec. 13, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The workshop was designed to help grow the network of willing collaborators and share ideas and approaches that foster a results-driven culture of innovation.