Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Command Information
7/29/2015 - WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Air
Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer presented the inaugural
General Larry O. Spencer Innovation Awards July 23 at the Pentagon, to
Airmen who made the most significant contributions to saving Air Force
financial and manpower resources this year.
"This is personal for me -- not because of the award name, but because
I'm so passionate about innovation," Spencer said during the ceremony.
Andrew Sloper, a logistics management specialist at Hill Air Force Base,
Utah, was the individual award winner. He increased the Ogden Air
Logistics Center's capacity by 216 percent while reducing annual depot
costs by 37 percent during the F-22 Raptor depot consolidation
initiative streamlining. His effort provided a projected $300 million
"should cost" savings.
"I've often been accused of having a lot of passion in what I do,"
Sloper said. "Making sure that we streamline our processes and get the
aircraft back to the warfighter is my number one priority."
The team award went to the Air Combat Command Surgeon General's Home
Station Medical Response and Bioenvironmental team from Joint Base
Langley-Eustis, Virginia. The team identified and eliminated a redundant
chemical detection capability across the Air Force, which resulted in
an immediate savings of $2.3 million and a total savings over the life
cycle of $3.5 million.
"It's an honor to be a member of this team receiving the inaugural
General Larry O. Spencer Innovation Award," said Maj. Perry Johns,
assigned to the Home Station Medical Response Branch. "Air Force
leadership has created a culture of innovation and good stewardship. I
hope this initiative has laid a cornerstone on which the Air Force will
continue to build future successes."
In the spirit of that culture, Spencer challenged those in attendance to
think about the vast impact innovation has had, and will continue to
have, on the Air Force.
"What is the Air Force going to look like when you're standing up at
your retirement ceremony?" Spencer asked. "It's going to look a lot
different than it does now. The reason these awards are so important is
that you all now are contributing to the way the Air Force is going to
look in the future."