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Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office to launch sustainment innovation hub

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  • By Derek Hardin
  • Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The Air Force Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) is changing how the Air Force delivers new and emerging technology to the Sustainment Enterprise. The RSO’s latest initiative is the creation of the Identify-Apply-Scale (IAS), a first-of-its-kind capability devoted solely to the sustainment of Air Force systems.

A partnership with the University of Dayton Research Institute, this comprehensive and premier network, which has been in development since 2018, will soon be opening its virtual doors, offering its partners and customers real-time access to pitch sustainment concepts, exchange transformative ideas, and demonstrate technologies ready to rapidly transition to the field. The IAS is scheduled to be operational later this year.
This novel capability gets its name from the RSOs technology delivery approach of Identify-Apply-Scale.  Essentially, sustainment technologies are identified across the public and private sectors, then prototyped and validated (applied) in an Air Force environment, and finally deployed (scaled) across the Air Force enterprise. The IAS will serve as the epicenter of identifying, adapting, accelerating, and scaling solutions for the Air Force's most significant challenges around sustaining aircraft and staying mission-ready. 
“The RSO is very excited about the capabilities the IAS will offer our Air Force customers and mission partners,” said Nathan Parker, RSO Deputy PEO. “At its core, the IAS will harness rapid technological advancements required to improve mission readiness and strengthen our competitive military advantage.”
The capabilitys networked hub and spoke” model – which places the RSO central to thehub” connected by the spokes” of venture-backed startups, academia, university-affiliated research centers, and industry consortiums – will help ensure sustainment innovation for the Air Force continues unabated, even during times where in-person collaboration is not possible, such as the current worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
 “The IAS Hub demonstrates the RSOs commitment to the Air Force mission and to keeping our nations security at the forefront at all times, even during times of crisis,” said Lt Gen Robert McMurry, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center commander and RSO Program Executive Officer.
Additionally, the IAS will allow the RSO to carry forth its goal of rapidly addressing Air Force sustainment challenges by streamlining the Identify-Apply-Scale process. Cross-functional teams of engineers, technicians, program managers, supply experts, and business leaders will be able to tap the full potential of the IAS network, including access to government experts in contracts, financing, and security. This single, approachable interface, will also provide access to government organizations and networks of manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and research experts.
The IAS will provide a revolutionary arena in which sustainment technology ideas can be created, demonstrated, and implemented in order to ensure Air Force fleets are constantly at the ready.
About the RSO
Established by the Secretary of the Air Force in 2018, the Rapid Sustainment Office (RSO) increases mission readiness by rapidly identifying, applying, and scaling technology essential to the operation and sustainment of the United States Air Force. To learn more, visit

Edwards provides care, opportunities for children aged six weeks through high school graduation

Edwards provides care, opportunities for childrenaged six weeks through high school graduation

The Child and Youth Program at Edwards AFB provides care and opportunities for kids ages six weeks old through high school graduation. A brief summary of those services follows:

  •                    The Child Development Center cares for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, with a DOD-wide curriculum. The curriculum is focused on learning through play activities supporting social, emotional, physical and intellectual development. Installations across DOD follow the curriculum on the same timeline to allow seamless permanent change-of-station transitions for youth enrolled in care.
  •                    The School Age Center provides before and after-school care and summer camp for children ages 5 to 12. During school breaks, full-day camps are offered. SAC promotes cognitive, social, emotional, cultural, language and physical development through programs that encourage self-confidence, curiosity, self-discipline and resiliency.
  •                    The open recreation program at the Main Youth Center provides a safe space for ages 9 to 12 to attend after school. Programs include Power Hour, STEM, Torch Club, social recreation, youth camps, special events and more.
  •                    The youth sports program provides intro and league opportunities for ages 3 to 12, and promotes inclusiveness, self-discipline, commitment, resiliency and social skills. There are four sports offered annually for ages five to 12: baseball/softball, soccer, flag football and basketball. Smart start programs are available to ages 3 to 5. There are many other sports and camps offered throughout the year.
  •                    The Teen Center is available for ages 13 to 18 during the school year. Programs offered include Military Youth of the Year, Keystone Club, social recreation, STEM activities, college trips, leadership camps and more.
  •                    Youth programs (SAC, open rec and teen) are affiliated with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and 4-H.
  •                    Family Child Care homes – there are currently three FCC homes on the installation. They can provide care for ages two weeks to 12 years. FCC providers are trained by Child and Youth Program training and curriculum specialists and have the flexibility to determine their hours of operation and the ages of youth within their care. The program’s new dedicated manager, Jennifer Stegmann, may be reached at 661-275-7529.

Although CDC enrollment capacity is 317, not all slots are currently filled because of a shortage of childcare workers. School Age Center enrollment capacity is 156. After-school care enrollment is 130. Before-school care enrollment is 75. Summer Camp 2022 was at its capacity and enrollment for Summer Camp 2023 opens April 3.