ARCTIC SPARK

Arctic SparkIn an effort to modernize and inspire innovation, the 673d Air Base Wing leadership team has raised the bar with “Arctic Spark providing a unique way of looking at your workplace problems or ideas on how to better or overcome them. 

During the U.S. Air Force Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference in September 2017, Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson, discussed the state of the Air Force.  She stated, “Adversaries are modernizing and innovating faster than we are…we have to be able to evolve faster, to respond faster than our potential adversaries.” 

This leadership driven road to innovation starts with the lowest ranking Airman.  Secretary Wilson stated “Innovation is the hallmark of the United States Air Force.”  Here at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, the 673 ABW leadership is looking for YOUR ideas and problems to begin the modernization of the Wing’s processes. 

In October 2018, U.S. Air Force Col. Patricia Csànk, directed the 673 ABW to stand up an innovation cell to establish a foundation for leap ahead ideas to support Team JBER operations.  The result was the establishment of the 673 ABW’s Arctic Spark Cell. 

The mission of Arctic Spark is to Empower Airmen to bring tomorrow’s tools to the Warfighter today with the vision to ignite and sustain the most innovative culture in the Pacific Air Forces. 

The focus of Arctic Spark is to review innovation initiatives at the appropriate level to determine the merit and viability of action plans.  The intention is to create an environment which helps identify a problem set and foster an area to create, prototype, and experiment with hardware or software solutions, collaborate research with academic institutes, and provide academic or practical opportunities for individual or organizational learning.

What does this mean for Airmen?  Your leadership, from the top down, is providing a unique opportunity for every Airman’s voice to be heard and have a physical outlet for ideas to manifest and have some sort of “skin in the game.”  The process is simple, just submit an idea with or without a proposed solution to the 673 ABW Arctic Spark and the Spark Cell will reach out to you to help solve your problems.

The fuel for the Arctic Spark Cell is ideas and problems.  Without your ideas, they will not have the ability to solve the problems you face every day at work.  If you go in to work and think, “This is broken” or “there is a better way”, the Arctic Spark Cell wants that input.

You can begin submitting your ideas now to Arctic.Spark@us.af.mil.  Please include your contact information so the Arctic Spark team can work with you to find the best solution.

Arctic Spark Council Members
              Capt Elizabeth StevensCapt Elizabeth Stevens    Stefan Arredondo
A1C Stefan Arredondo
  

SrA Crystal Jenkins

SrA Crystal Jenkins is a photojournalist for the 673d Air Base Wing Public Affairs. SrA Jenkins main focus is to tell the Air Force Story and produce products that the mainstream media can use. SrA Jenkins is the 673d Air Base Wings, Arctic Spark Council CEO. SrA Jenkins uses her Public Affairs background and knowledge to lead the Arctic Spark Council and build strong bonds with both the Airman of the 673d ABW and the outside members of her community.

 

Capt Liz Stevens is a 21R Logistics Readiness Officer and currently serves as the Arctic Spark Council Vice President and the Fuels Management Flight Commander in the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron.  As the Flight Commander she leads over 85 military and civilian personnel and PACAF’s second busiest fuels operation.  She was previously assigned to the 436th Aerial Port Squadron at Dover AFB, DE and JBSA-Lackland where she served outside of her career field as a Basic Training Flight Commander. 

 

 

 

   

A1C Stefan Arredondo serves as the Marketing and Networking Specialist for the 673d ABW Artic Spark Council. A1C Arredondo has been involved in several Innovation projects that have led him to receiving the 2018 PACAF Security Outstanding Team Award and 11th Air Force Gen. Larry Spencer Innovation Award. Bringing a Security forces knowledge and civilian Non-Profit experience to the table, he is dedicated to connecting people and resources that turn ideas into reality.

 

 

Mr. Calvin Clements
Mr. Calvin Clements

Mr. Calvin Clements is a Material Handler for the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron. He served 13 years in the U.S. Army. He served as an Airborne Infantryman at Fort Richardson. He then was a member of the Army National Guard In Pennsylvania and Florida. While in the Florida National Guard, Mr. Clements pursued a Bachelor Degree in Motion Picture Production from Full Sail University. Mr. Clements is one half of the Networking and Marketing Team for the Arctic Spark Council.

 

A1C Rayne Helveston
A1C Rayne Helveston

A1C Helveston is an Equipment Accountability Technician from the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron. She joined the 673d Logistics Readiness Squadron in December of 2017. Covering most areas of her flight to include, Flight Service Center, Inventory, and Customer Service/Document Control before moving to the Equipment section. She is now in charge of keeping accountability on all equipment assets on base and is currently the Executive Administrator for the Arctic Spark Tank.