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During times of budget cuts and fiscal restraint, all good ideas should be examined for possible implementation into day-to-day operations throughout the Air Force. The IDEA program, or Innovative Development through Employee Awareness, is a way for the total force to recognize better ways of doing the mission at their level. Each year IDEAs are submitted that save the Air Force money. Some of them save the Air Force millions of dollars. Below are the 2009 submissions that saved the Air Force more than $1 million each year per idea.

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1 LANCER TESTING = $13,011,220

Kenneth Harris recommended that the 402nd Software Maintenance Group migrate legacy B-1 Lancer test program sets at the radar/electronic warfare station to another legacy tester allowing the 402 SMG to focus on the newer advanced digital test station. Mr. Harris is from Ellsworth AFB, S.D.

2 UPDATING C-5 UPGRADES = $8,753,876

Jay Ostler, Robins AFB, Ga., proposed the removal of the C-5 Galaxy elevator variable feel unit from the Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program. By updating specifications and redesigning and manufacturing an improved legacy EVFU, Mr. Ostler eliminated the need to purchase a new costly EVFU.


Christopher Moman, Randall Nutt and Don Corona, Tinker AFB, Okla., suggested performing a visual inspection of Area E of the F-110 engine. If scratches, scores, corrosion, erosion, or pitting was noticed during the inspection, a leak test would be performed. If the leak test passed, the visual inspection is waived. This process decreased the condemnation rate from 98 percent to 12 percent.

4 AIR PLENUM REPAIR = $2,189,260

Robert Foster, George Crawford and Leroy Phillips, Robins AFB, Ga., developed a procedure to repair air plenum, a space used to move air in building, using a 3M [R] Scotch-Weld Epoxy Adhesive.


Mark Lynch, Hill AFB, Utah, designed a microprocessor based on a remote power controller that allows automatic site shutdown in the event of a fire; and that a maintenance technician would remotely restart individual radar subsystems. The current process did not allow for these actions to occur.


Capt. Blair Byrem, Tech. Sgt. Gene Sing, Tech. Sgt. Jeramie Wade and Staff Sgt. Books Hartley, Eglin AFB, Fla., recommended securing 93 ALQ-131 shipping caskets from Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office and refurbishing them rather than purchasing new shipping caskets to transport ALQ-188 pods.


Lt. Col. John Cinnamon, Laughlin AFB, Texas, suggested fueling the T-1 Jayhawk to the mission required level rather than the current process. The new procedure reduced the average T-1 fuel on-load at an off-station location from 300 gallons to 240 gallons.


Mahalingam Ravichandran, Lackland AFB, Texas, suggested the excavation of all contaminated soil and reuse it at the small arms firing ranges at Lackland Training Annex rather than hauling the contaminated soil for off-base disposal.


Master Sgt. John Owen, Offutt AFB, Neb., proposed purchasing commercial off-the-shelf replacement wall mounted telephones and locally modify the units for E-4 aircraft application. The current system was identified as obsolete. The cost to replace the current phones with specialized phones thru E-4 Prime Sole Integrator would have cost $1,250,000.


Robert Minard, Hill AFB, Utah, recommended changing the packaging procedures of APG-66/68 antennas used on F-16 Fighting Falcons. By changing the packaging procedures, technicians eliminated damage from mishandling and shipping expenses.
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Title Annotation:TOP 10; Innovative Development through Employee Awareness
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2009
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