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Red Tails Commander's Innovation Challenge

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, asks questions after a presentation during the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, asks questions after a presentation during the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Twenty-two ideas were submitted for the innovation challenge and only five were chosen to present live in front of wing leadership. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd AEW command chief, present the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge traveling trophy to Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, and Col. Henry Myers Jr., 332nd EMXG commander, Sept. 28, 2018 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd AEW command chief, present the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge traveling trophy to Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, and Col. Henry Myers Jr., 332nd EMXG commander, Sept. 28, 2018 at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Contestants submitted ideas that would enhance combat capability, improve readiness, save time or money, or improve safety or quality of life for not just the wing, but the Air Force as a whole. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd AEW command chief, present the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge runner-up certificate to Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Brig. Gen. David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd AEW command chief, present the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge runner-up certificate to Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. McKeever created an F-15 dump mast interface connection kit that would collect any uncontaminated fuel that would run off the wing of an F-15 during refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Staff Sgt. Nathan Newton, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, and Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, present their idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Staff Sgt. Nathan Newton, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, and Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, present their idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Howard and Newton created a launcher overspray protector for F-15s and F-16s, which would significantly reduce man hours and hazardous waste during rail lubrication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, answers questions about his idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, answers questions about his idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. McKeever created an F-15 dump mast interface connection kit that would collect any uncontaminated fuel that would run off the wing of an F-15 during refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, and Staff Sgt. Nathan Newton, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, answer questions for the judges during the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Tech. Sgt. Oralia Howard, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Group quality assurance chief inspector, and Staff Sgt. Nathan Newton, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance technician, answer questions for the judges during the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Howard and Newton created a launcher overspray protector for F-15s and F-16s, which would significantly reduce man hours and hazardous waste during rail lubrication. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Brig, Gen, David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, stand with the five finalists for the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Brig, Gen, David Iverson, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jason Tiek, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing command chief, stand with the five finalists for the first Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Contestants submitted ideas that would enhance combat capability, improve readiness, save time or money, or improve safety or quality of life for not just the wing, but the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, presents his idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia.

Staff Sgt. Devin McKeever, 332nd Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron fuel systems craftsman, presents his idea for the Red Tails Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. McKeever created an F-15 dump mast interface connection kit that would collect any uncontaminated fuel that would run off the wing of an F-15 during refueling. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ashley Clingerman)

SOUTHWEST ASIA -- The Airmen of the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing had the chance to compete in the wing’s first Commander’s Innovation Challenge, Sept. 28, 2018, and win various prizes including a model P-51 Mustang and a plaque that will travel from squadron to winning squadron at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Contestants submitted ideas that would enhance combat capability, improve readiness, save time or money, or improve safety or quality of life for not just the wing, but the Air Force as a whole.Twenty-two ideas were submitted for the innovation challenge and only five were chosen to present live in front of wing leadership.