DVIDS – News – 5th Space Launch Squadron Digital Transformation Team wins 2021 Innovation Award

CAPE CANAVER SPACE POWER STATION, FL. The Digital Transformation Squadron’s Digital Transformation Team received the 2021 Colonel Bradford W. Parkinson Award for Innovation in the U.S. Space Forces.

This Air Force Department award is given to a team or individuals who use innovation to increase efficiency and operational readiness.

The 5th SLS has built a legacy of mission success through transforming outdated processing of launch sites into the digital age.

The team realized the need for innovation and used three platform 1 tools in its day-to-day operations: Mattermost, a secure messaging app, Jira, a work management tool, and Confluence, a collaborative workspace that makes it easy to access shared information.

With these three tools, the team was able to:

– Create critical day launch channels that allow you to receive secure real-time updates on personal mobile devices.

– Create a launch verification database that has moved the National Security Risk Launch Assessment Database to the Jira cloud solution.

– Create a SpaceX problem tracking system with Silicon Mountain Technology (SMT), a software development company contracted with the 5th SLS. This tracker automated ticket filtering and the data download process, saving the team 120 man-hours per week.

– Create mission pages via Confluence to easily share data via automatic distribution with instant updates.

– Automate the processing of public procurement cards, which will simplify the workflow, transparency and eliminate e-mail.

“The old system that was used was made to order for us and worked well, providing us with certain tools,” said the master of the US Air Force. Dustin Stringer, head of the Atlas Delta flight. “Because it was designed by a small team in-house, it wasn’t as flexible when new features appeared online or when we needed additional functionality.”

With the help of SMT, the digital transformation team was able to apply everything they learned to work for Space Launch Delta 45.

“SMT is great for a holistic view of what we’re doing, not just on the Delta here, but on the space launch of Delta 30 and Space Systems Command,” Stringer said. “They’re doing a really great job of accepting the information and processes that everyone is working on, and closing gaps that we don’t even know about.”

According to U.S. Space Force Major Catherine Carroll, head of the Cloud Center of Excellence, receiving the award was truly encouraging for the entire team.

The mission of the 5th SLS Digital Transformation Team is to continuously support and empower 5th SLS members to innovate in flight, functional areas and actively address pain issues to improve the squadron.

“One of our main functions that has allowed these innovations to take place is not only the environment and culture, but also the internal process of ideas called Cool Runnings, where people can quickly vote and present ideas,” Carol said.

The Cool Runnings program encourages all team members to express their innovative solutions.

“This group helps solve problems, vote for ideas and has direct access to the commander and the front office with quick feedback,” Carol said.

Thanks to the innovative efforts of the Digital Transformation Group, the assistance of mission partners such as SMT, and numerous encouragement from management, they were able to increase the mission guarantee, which led to 100% success in launching 55 missions.

“We all understood how little things come together into something really big,” Carol said. “It doesn’t have to be this large-scale enterprise; when a lot of people are working towards a common goal, such as Brig. With General Purdy’s vision of digital transformation, some really strange things come out of this. “

The following is a list of members of the Digital Transformation Team and their roles in the project:

1. Lt. Col. David Schill – Commander and Champion (starting June 2021 – December 21) for all innovation projects
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Confluence-based mission pages
c. Jira-based mission support tools

2. Lt. Col. Mason Phelps – Commander and Champion (January 2021 to June 2021) for all innovation projects
a. Channels are the most important launch day (DoL).
b. Jira-based startup verification database
c. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker
d. Jira-based mission support tools

3. Major Kyle Clements – Chief Operating Officer (June 2021 to December 2021) for all innovation projects
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Confluence-based mission pages
c. Jira-based mission support tools

4. Major Gregory Allen – Chief Operating Officer (January 2021 – June 2021), Founding Member
a. Channels are the most important launch day (DoL).
b. Jira-based startup verification database
c. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker
d. Jira-based mission support tools

5. Major Glen Pry
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker
c. Jira-based mission support tools
d. Confluence-based mission pages

6. Major Catherine Carroll
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Confluence-based mission pages
c. Jira / Confluence-based mission support tools – implemented Jira-based TDY tracker and dashboard

7. Captain Andrew Starita
a. Confluence-based mission pages
b. Jira-based mission support tools – came up with the idea

8. Captain Colby Thomas
a. Confluence-based mission pages

9. Captain Oliver Chang
a. Jira-based startup verification database – program manager

10. Captain Jorge Martinez
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Confluence-based mission pages

11. Captain Connor Hurley
a. Leading our next attempt is the Commander’s Inspection Panel based on Confluence

12. Master Sergeant. Dustin Stringer
a. Jira / Confluence-based mission support tools are an embedded GPC tracking tool
b. Jira-based startup verification database
c. Confluence-based mission pages

13. Mr. Robert Allen
a. The Jira-based startup validation database is a major contributor to LVDB
b. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker is a big contributor

14. Mr. Thomas Williams
a. The Jira-based startup validation database is a great contribution to LVDB
b. Provided feedback and support on all projects as Chief Engineer

15. Mr. Jack Bower
a. The Jira-based startup validation database is a major contributor to LVDB
b. Confluence-based mission pages

16. Mrs. Chris Villarreal
a. Channels are the most important launch day (DoL).
b. Serves as a security officer and first determined that these tools were safe, and brought them here with Major Allen

17. Mrs. Sid Golarz Beigelman
a. Jira-based startup verification database – support contractor (Mantech) in LVDB

18. Ms. Lisa Bonjavani – co-owner, project manager and developer of Silicon Mountain Technologies
a. Channels MM Day of Launch (DoL).
b. Jira-based startup verification database
c. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker
d. Jira-based mission support tools
e. Confluence-based mission pages

19. Mr. Ryan Riker – Developer of Silicon Mountain Technologies
a. Jira-based startup verification database
b. Jira-based SpaceX Issue Tracker
c. Jira-based mission support tools
d. Confluence-based mission pages







Date taken: 15.02.2022
Publication date: 02/15/2022 14:12
History ID: 414653
Location: CAP CANAVERLE SPACE POWER STATION, Florida, USA





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