by Staff Sgt. Jessica Hines
3/23/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The
Elite Eight wings faced off in another single-elimination round for the
title of U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa's most
The Final Four wings advancing to the semi-finals include the 52nd
Fighter Wing's Sabers from Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, going
head-to-head with the 31st Fighter Wing's Wyverns from Aviano AB, Italy;
while the 86th Airlift Wing's Team Ramstein AB, Germany, will compete
against the 48th Fighter Wing's Liberty Airmen from Royal Air
Force Lakenheath, England.
The inaugural competition started with nine wings from around
USAFE-AFAFRICA competing with each other in a tournament style match to
determine which wing promotes the best innovative culture.
Each wing submitted their innovative ideas along with the money and
man-hours saved. Those ideas also included clever ways their units
completed the mission in more efficient ways.
A panel of judges has reviewed their ideas and awarded points to each
wing. Scoring for the competition also included points based on the
"Likes" each wing's innovative video has received on the USAFE-AFAFRICA's Facebook page.
The winning wing will be awarded the $250,000 grand prize to foster and
encourage innovative ideas that will ultimately save the U.S. Air Force
Tune in to the USAFE-AFAFRICA's Facebook page to see the competition
progress to the final round and see who will be crowned the first ever
Innovation Madness champion!