Airman Kalei Sloan, of the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas (courtesy image)
By Sean Green | STRIKEWERX Marketing & Communications Director
BOSSIER CITY, La. — A Dyess Air Force Base Airman is making her idea a reality.
Senior Airman Kalei Sloan, 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas, was one of two Airmen selected as winners the STRIKEWERX Spark Sprint (S3) event held Oct. 30, 2020 at the STRIKEWERX Innovation Hub in Bossier City, Louisiana.
Her winning idea was for the Striker AF/Project Wingman App. The app helps with sponsorship and onboarding, as well as resiliency. It helps users be able to check schedules and make appointments, plus promote DWI, suicide, and sexual assault prevention.
S3 brought together six wing finalists from across AFGSC to receive coaching on how to best “pitch” their projects to obtain further support. Each finalist had three minutes to explain their idea, pitch their solution and present their prerecorded video; this pitch was then followed by two minutes to answer any questions the panel of judges had regarding their idea.
Sloan was then selected for the top 15 Airmen to pitch their ideas at the 2021 Air Force Spark Tank competition.
Spark Tank is an annual competition, hosted by the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium, which allows Airmen to pitch innovative ideas for solving unit challenges to Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts who have the ability to further develop or implement the Airmen’s solution.
STRIKEWERX Marketing and Communications Director Sean Green was able to talk with Airman Sloan and get the background on the app, and her experience at S3. See their conversation below: