Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. David W. Allvin visited varied Air Force Research Laboratory services April 26 to see how the 711th Human Performance Wing is leveraging information and collaboration to allow, improve, maintain, and restore Airmen and Guardians all through their profession lifecycle.

Allvin obtained a full day of briefings and demonstrations by the 711th HPW’s Airman Systems Directorate and U.S. Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, together with demonstrations of large-scale laboratory gadgets used to investigate and monitor human efficiency.

Allvin counseled the work being finished within the 711th HPW throughout a luncheon with members of the junior pressure in addition to a ceremony through which he awarded choose top-performing 711th HPW personnel along with his private navy cash.

“I’m excited to be here because it’s one of those keys to the future that doesn’t get a lot of press and headlines, but the types of things this organization is doing while everything else is trying to catch up to the National Defense Strategy in competition with adversaries — this is the stuff where we understand not only about the readiness of Airmen right now but building an understanding of how we work, what science is teaching us, and how we can leverage that to make sure we’re not only great when we’re doing the mission but great when we’re at home with our families, when we’re in, when we’re out, when we’re gone,” Allvin stated. “[It makes us] better whole Airmen. That’s one of the best competitive advantages we can get. So, being able to come up here and spend some time, it reenergizes me.”

Allvin and his employees traveled from Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, for this daytrip to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base the place he was greeted by prime base officers together with: Gen. Arnold W. Bunch Jr., commander of Air Force Materiel Command, Brig. Gen. Heather Pringle, AFRL commander, Col. Patrick Miller, 88th Air Base Wing commander and Darrell Phillipson, 711th HPW performing director.

In the morning, USAFSAM leaders briefed Allvin on medical flight screening, aeromedical session efforts and the Air Force Operational Support Team Program. The OST program is the one data-driven and outcome-informed embedded medical effort within the Air Force right now, and every group consists of musculoskeletal and mental-health specialists together with a program supervisor. All medics assigned to an embedded medical mission are dropped at the varsity for one week to collaborate throughout specialties and study abilities important to embedding with Airmen.

He was additionally proven USAFSAM’s “High Bay,” which incorporates a number of airplane fuselages that permit aeromedical personnel to coach for aeromedical evacuation in as near real-world eventualities with out withdrawing. By perfecting on the bottom, trainees are higher ready for his or her follow-on coaching within the air.

After transitioning to the ASD, Allvin, an avid bike owner, confirmed specific curiosity in a presentation concerning the Airman Data Analysis and Performance Tracking System developed within the Signature Tracking for Optimized Nutrition and Training lab. Presented by Drs. James Christensen and Adam Strang, ADAPTS ingests and aggregates information from human efficiency applied sciences, resembling “wearables” like a FitBit or Garmin, and applies customized analytics and algorithms to create real-time visualizations with actionable info.

“Before wearables became the hype, we were in this space quite a bit,” stated Dr. Rajesh Naik, 711th HPW chief scientist. “We were looking at biomarkers: what are the key attributes? Is it heart rate variability? Is it SpO2 (oxygen saturation) levels? So, we’ve been doing a lot of foundational research going back almost 10 years. And we identified heart rate variability as one of the biomarkers of fatigue or stress that you could use reliably to monitor individuals. And then you have this explosion, due to confluence of AI and microelectronics with biosciences. It’s caused such a huge inflection in the development of wearable devices.”

With the monitoring of knowledge by ADAPTS, the STRONG Lab seeks to enhance help to optimize Airman efficiency, cut back workload for service members and enhance choice making for operators, commanders and help, Christensen defined.

The presentation sparked dialogue of potential use of the system to detect COVID-19 signs or different sickness to encourage quarantine in addition to repeatedly monitor Airmen’s health to stop damage and long-term incapacity introduced on by insufficient coaching for the mandated annual bodily health take a look at.

“This is one of the cases where the Airman Systems Directorate and USAFSAM being in the same organization can be really helpful because each looks at a different side of the equation and merges them together for some great synergistic opportunities,” stated Stephanie Miller, ASD performing director.

The ASD partnered with the Defense Health Agency in an ongoing examine about routine use of wearables on and off obligation, what the potential is for necessary use, particularly in particular Air Force profession fields, and the privateness and coverage implications. Proof-of-concept testing as a Program of Record is at present happening within the Air Force Special Operations Command with rollout to twenty,000-25,000 customers taking place quickly. The ASD has already put 9,000 machine units within the palms of all of the companies, together with the Air Force’s Air Education & Training Command and Air Combat Command.

Researchers within the 711th HPW additionally take a look at wearables within the centrifuge, which Allvin noticed on the tour. The huge centrifuge teaches aeromedical college students concerning the results of gravity forces on human physiology and provides fast-jet aviators the aptitude to expertise as much as 9 Gs, or 9 occasions the conventional pressure of gravity, in a managed setting to measure a pilot’s potential to counteract the consequences and forestall G-force-induced lack of consciousness. In addition, Allvin toured 711th HPW’s analysis altitude chambers.

“We’re able to look at the system as you would a weapons system, to track performance and provide information to keep people in the fight,” stated Dr. David Burch, ASD Airman Biosciences Division.

Allvin’s go to additionally included a cease on the Naval Medical Research Unit-Dayton, a neighbor and frequent associate of the 711th HPW. As a results of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Laboratory, beforehand positioned in Pensacola, Florida, was moved to Wright-Patterson AFB with the intention of growing and forming a middle of excellence in aerospace drugs analysis for the Air Force and the Navy. In 2010, NAMRL and the Navy’s Environmental Health Effects Laboratory merged and had been established as one command, NAMRU-Dayton.

“NAMRU-Dayton is committed to performing operationally relevant and important research to promote the health and readiness of the warfighter, and we can accomplish that best by growing our partnership with the 711th,” stated Navy Capt. Nimfa Teneza-Mora, NAMRU-Dayton commanding officer.

While presenting NAMRU-Dayton’s services, Dr. Richard Arnold, NAMRL director, mentioned collaborative analysis into unexplained physiological episodes associated to altitude, such because the F-22 Raptor points. He mentioned NAMRL’s effort in evaluating sensors for monitoring oxygen, carbon dioxide, and pressures that may be embedded in a flight masks permitting testing of many commercial-off-the-shelf sensors introduced to the Air Force and Navy that did not operate within the difficult cockpit setting.

Leadership in NAMRU-Dayton additionally supplied demonstration of its $19-million, 245,000-pound disorientation analysis machine, nicknamed “the Kraken.” The 4,500-horsepower machine permits researchers to create lifelike simultaneous movement simulations utilizing all six levels of freedom and as much as 3 Gs of planetary movement with horizontal journey as much as 16 ½ ft.

“The great thing about these devices — the centrifuge, the chambers, the Kraken — is not that they’re great, big devices, it’s that they’re research devices. All of them are customizable, and they can do things beyond the limits of what we can conceive we need on the horizon. It’s a researcher’s dream, which brings talent to this ecosphere,” Phillipson stated.

Allvin’s tour wrapped with dialogue on biotechnology and stay, digital, and constructive science and know-how efforts on the 711th HPW.

“What the entire enterprise does is it moves things forward. It’s hugely valuable,” Allvin concluded.

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