The 6th XVIII Airborne Corps’ innovation challenge, known as Dragon’s Lair, saw five service members bring about ideas that soon may be standardized.
For the first time the Army’s innovation competition known as Dragon’s Lair was open to all branches of the service.
Air Force 1st Lt. Justin Obrien, of the 88th Air Base Wing at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio demoed his battery-operated, water-cooled plate carrier system which can keep troops 30 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in hot climates.
Army 2nd Lt. Lance Relleve, a reserve officer with the 453rd Chemical Battalion out of California, is also an architect. He designed a machine learning program that can predict the floor plan of a building given its exterior.
Three soldiers formed a team for the final winning idea, a harness that prevents injury to the M88 Revocery Vehicle gunner during rollover or accident. They are Sgt. 1st Class Keenan Millay, Staff Sgt. Carter Casey and Spc. Johnathan King, who originate from the 20th Engineer Brigade at Fort Knox, Kentucky.