After a year of creative ideas materialized into cost-saving initiatives, process improvements and time management incentives, the Innovate Now project team has accomplished their mission.
The objective of the 45th Space Wing’s Year of Innovation during 2014 and its affiliated basewide program has closed out but an innovative mindset continues at Team Patrick-Cape.
“You know we are not getting more people and we are not getting more money, so we are still going to have to continue to think our way through solving problems,” said Maj. Gen. (sel.) Nina Armagno, 45th Space Wing commander, while presenting a recap of the Year of Innovation during a commander’s call, April 20. “What I hope the Year of Innovation did was engrain in you all that you are empowered to stand up, think differently and come up with creative, innovative solutions.”
At the beginning of 2014, Armagno assembled a team of volunteers to organize the Innovate NOW! initiative to empower individuals at all levels, airmen, civilians and contractors; to generate innovative ideas, streamline processes and reduce inefficiencies within wing organizations.
“This was an exciting project that ignited our airmen to think creatively about how we accomplish our mission; sharpen our focus and inspire those around us to ‘think outside the box,'” said Lt. Col. Laura Robinson, of the 5th Space Launch Squadron, who led the program for Team Patrick-Cape. “Our incredibly talented team worked out the details of some creative initiatives designed not only to get people thinking innovatively, but to create a repeatable, sustainable process that we all can use to capture and implement those solutions.”
Source:: Air Force Space Command