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NEWS | May 31, 2022

Call for 2022 Innovation Rodeo ideas nears June 6 deadline

By Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

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The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center kicked off its fourth annual Innovation Rodeo with a call-for-topics campaign starting March 11. The campaign, open through June 6, gives military and civilian members of mission support groups around the world a chance to win part of $1 million in funding and resources to pursue their ideas. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jim Martinez)
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Ideas wanted for 2022 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo; at least $1M up for grabs
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center kicked off its fourth annual Innovation Rodeo with a call-for-topics campaign starting March 11. The campaign, open through June 6, gives military and civilian members of mission support groups around the world a chance to win part of $1 million in funding and resources to pursue their ideas. (U.S. Air Force graphic by Jim Martinez)
Photo By: Jim Martinez
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With less than a week to go in its annual call-for-topics campaign, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center is still accepting innovative ideas with the potential to change the Air Force. This year’s campaign theme is Accelerate Change through Innovation.

Ideas can be submitted at https://gain.apps.dso.mil/usaf/afimscmsg

Why it matters: The campaign is open through June 6 to military and civilian members of the Department of the Air Force’s mission and installation support community. It gives innovators a chance to win part of an expected $1 million or more in funding and resources to pursue ideas that will help the department deliver capabilities, improve installations, increase lethality and readiness, or support Airmen, Guardians and families in a better, faster way.

The big picture: When it comes to funding, AFIMSC Ventures innovation office knows how to find available dollars and put them to work. Since standing up in 2018, the team has turned an initial $1 million budget into $85 million by leveraging Air Force and venture capital funding programs. Over the past three years, the center has handed out millions of dollars through the Innovation Rodeo and grown seed money into millions more to take ideas through research, development and execution.

What they’re saying: “Innovation is a key mechanism to meeting the charge of our Air Force senior leaders to adapt and work differently,” said Pitman Kennedy, AFIMSC Ventures innovation program analyst. “Talented Airmen and Guardians at all levels across the installation and mission support enterprise have great ideas. They know how to innovate, they know how to accelerate change and we want to help them do that.”

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ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Senior Airman Ricardo Morales, center right, 461st Aircraft Maintenance Group crew chief, along with leadership from Robins Air Force Base and Fifteenth Air Force cut the ribbon for the newly installed Intelligent Lockers at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, March 30, 2022. Morales secured $235,000 for Robins to pay for the lockers by winning first place for his locker idea in the 2021 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo, a contest that encourages Airmen to develop creative solutions to problems impacting the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kisha Foster Johnson)
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Thinking outside the mailbox: Robins first base to get Intelligent Lockers
ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. – Senior Airman Ricardo Morales, center right, 461st Aircraft Maintenance Group crew chief, along with leadership from Robins Air Force Base and Fifteenth Air Force cut the ribbon for the newly installed Intelligent Lockers at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, March 30, 2022. Morales secured $235,000 for Robins to pay for the lockers by winning first place for his locker idea in the 2021 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Innovation Rodeo, a contest that encourages Airmen to develop creative solutions to problems impacting the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kisha Foster Johnson)
Photo By: Kisha Foster Johnson
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"It was an absolute honor to win first place, because it reflected long hours and hard work to find an innovative solution that would help not just Airmen around Robins, but throughout the Air Force," said Senior Airman Ricardo Morales, 2021 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo winner from the 461st Maintenance Squadron at Robins AFB, Georgia.

Morales encourages everyone – no matter their rank – with an idea to take a chance on getting selected for the 2022 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo. 

"Anyone can make a difference in the Air Force," he said. 

What happens after June 6: AFIMSC officials will select and announce finalists who will spend a week in San Antonio in August to learn from leading innovators, collaborate with industry partners and network with peers, senior leaders and innovation teams. On the final day, finalists will pitch their ideas to a panel of senior leaders who will choose the winners.

This year, innovation teams from each AFIMSC primary subordinate unit – the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the Air Force Security Forces Center, the Air Force Services Center and the Air Force Installation Contracting Center – will help finalists move their projects forward.

More information: 

Ideas wanted for 2022 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo; at least $1M up for grabs

AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo pitches: Where are they now?