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  • Mercer University students help Team JSTARS with innovative approach to scheduling frustrations

    Team JSTARS, the sole operators of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, recently teamed up with Mercer University’s computer science department in Macon to advance an antiquated software system during the fall 2019 semester. The vision for the project is to make the multiple databases the unit uses for scheduling missions and flying operations a seamless system, and aggregate 15 years of scheduling data to analyze for improvements, according to Lt. Col. Vanessa Cox, the chief of scheduling with the Georgia Air National Guard’s 116th Operations Support Squadron.
  • Team JSTARS maintainers design tool saving Air Force estimated $500k yearly

    Eight Airmen from Team JSTARS at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, recently designed an innovative tool estimated to save the Air Force nearly $500k a year in cowling repairs for the E-8C Joint STARS aircraft. The cowling fixture table, an approved tool intended for field-level repairs, was a response to a challenge set by leadership. “The supply system could not meet the demand requirements for these cowlings,” said Col. Robert Nash, commander of the 116th Maintenance Group, Georgia Air National Guard. “We needed a sufficient capacity to support the warfighter.”
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