The Age of Innovation: Malmstrom Spark Tank looking for innovative Airmen

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  • By Senior Airman Tristan Truesdell
  • 341st Missile Wing Public Affairs
The 341st Missile Wing is looking for Airmen to present ideas that could improve mission operations, be it financial, increasing lethality, or overall effectiveness, during the third edition of the Spark Tank competition.

Spark Tank is a yearly competition calling for Airmen to share ideas with wing leadership to present solutions or ideas that could better affect the wing’s intercontinental ballistic missile mission.

The winner of each Spark Tank from other bases then congregate at the Air Force Association’s Warfare Symposium to pitch their ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts, according to AFWERX.

The 2019 Spark Tank winner was Master Sgt. Jonathan Maas from the 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.

His idea, now a reality, was the Joint Chemical Agent Detector Renewable Energy Power Supply. This solution provides uninterrupted chemical agent detection while running continuously with minimal user maintenance.

Even though the Spark Tank competition results in one winner, other contenders can still receive support and funds from leadership.

Airmen who are interested in sharing their ideas can submit applications to the share drive no-later-than Dec. 31.

The panel presentation – when Airmen present their ideas to wing leadership - is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Jan. 14 at the Grizzly Bend.

For questions on the Spark Tank, contact the event’s point of contact, Capt. Cameron Owen at 731-7361 or email