Joint Base San Antonio

Innovation Cells 

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Joint Base San Antonio AllSpark

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

Innovation News
Gateway momentum impresses Defense Health Agency director
March 14, 2017
Vice Adm. Raquel Bono describes how the Gateway Performance System could be used across the Military Health System at the 59th Medical Wing Gateway Academy in Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Feb. 24. Bono is the Defense Health Agency director. The DHA supports the delivery of integrated, affordable, and high quality health services to Military Health System beneficiaries and is responsible for driving greater integration of clinical and business processes across the MHS. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

Process improvement expert to 59th MDW: ‘You’re leading the way’
January 21, 2017
Dr. Brent James, an internationally known expert in the field of clinical quality improvement, reviews a handout during a Jan. 11 briefing in the Gateway Academy at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. James learned about the 59th Medical Wing’s work toward continuous process improvement and becoming a high reliability organization. He is the executive director of the Institute for Health Care Delivery Research and vice president, Medical Research and Continuing Medical Education at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Kevin Iinuma)

AETC launches Innovation Challenge
December 2, 2016
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59th Medical Wing: Continuously improving access to care
July 8, 2016
Maj. (Dr.) John Stowers, 959th Medical Group general surgeon, performs a lipoma removal procedure June 23 at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Staffed with 11 personnel the section performs between eight and 24 procedures each month. The general surgery section is one of more than two dozen specialty care clinics in the WHASC. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Jerilyn Quintanilla)