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Nellis AFB - Airmen Powered by Innovation - the video series



WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- In December 2013, certain variants of the F-16 Fighting Falcon had their ejection seats' oxygen system modified, which created a new requirement for oxygen bottle testing.

The new change improved overall pilot safety, but also brought with it a hefty price tag -- which inspired Master Sgt. Shane Sneary, the 57th Maintenance Group Air Force Repair Enhancement Program manager at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, to submit an idea to the Airmen Powered by Innovation (API) program.

Airmen Powered by Innovation

"Since last April, we have reviewed close to 3,000 ideas from across the Air Force that have the potential to save $35 million in taxpayer dollars and these figures continue to grow daily," said Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer in his commentary about the API program. "These are savings that can be used to make our Air Force even better – more cost efficient, more people focused, and even more lethal.

"To illustrate the level of importance we are placing on your submissions, I want to share with each you some of the ideas that are fueling change in our Air Force," he said. "These short videos are from Airmen just like you who took my challenge to make our Air Force even better. The Airmen highlighted talk about their ideas and experiences with the API program. You will see every idea, no matter how big or small, has the potential to be a game changer.

"Think you have an idea that can make our Air Force better? If so, we want to hear from you, because every Airman and every dollar counts. Fly, Fight and Win!"

For more information about API and suggestions submitted to date, or to submit an idea go to the Air Force Portal and enter “API” in the search window.

To read the story -- click here.

(Content provided by Airman 1st Class Mikaley Towle and Gen. Larry O. Spencer)