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NEWS | Jan. 22, 2021

AETC innovators start 2021 with virtual collaboration

By Air Education & Training Command Public Affairs Air Education & Training Command Public Affairs

Innovators across The First Command convened virtually for the third AETC iSummit Jan. 21, 2021. The event brought together innovators from more than 130 locations to collaborate, problem-solve and learn about the latest innovations happening around the command.

Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, commander of Air Education Training Command, kicked off the iSummit and said, “The mindset we have here in AETC is one of always embracing innovation and having a mentality of change. These are very easy words to say, but you and I all know that change is hard. We must change to ensure we answer the charge laid down for us by the chief of staff of the Air Force, which is accelerate change or lose.”

Embracing change was expressed by many presenters during the iSummit who shared initiatives being worked on, available innovation resources and excitement for future plans, all under the theme of “Immersive Learning and Training Transformation.”

“Innovation is alive and well within AETC,” said Col. Bill Mamourieh, AETC’s Analysis and Innovation director. “We are at a moment in time where we must capitalize on these great ideas and concepts being generated across our AETC installations.  We want to provide them the opportunity to work through their ideas and connect with like-minded visionaries to turn concepts and ideas into reality.”

Presenters shared innovative concepts and pathways used within their units and how members of the Analysis and Innovation Directorate (AETC/A9) can connect them with resources to bring ideas to fruition.

To further facilitate collaboration, AETC/A9 officials announced the launch of an updated and dynamic AETC Innovation Dashboard. The AETC Innovation Dashboard connects anyone interested in the innovation activities happening across the command, providing them with data and networking capabilities for their own innovation ambitions.

“As we continue to navigate the AETC innovation landscape, this platform provides one-stop shopping for AETC’s innovation ecosystem,” said Mamourieh.

The AETC Innovation Dashboard can be viewed by visiting the AETC Innovation Community found at

Innovators interested in learning more about how HQ AETC/A9 can help are encouraged to visit the All Partners Access Network (APAN) site or contact the HQ AETC/A9 innovation experts at