DVIDS – News – Military training commander creates the app, saves hours of security force cadets during processing

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, TX – Power generators pave the way for enhanced force development in our power, and the Military Training Commander with 343rd Training Squadron symbolizes this…plus more.

Sgt. Justin Davis created a web-based application that saves several hours each week while processing students and has saved the Air Force more than $15,000 from not printing 400,000 pieces of paper per year.

Davis, who joined the Air Force in November 2006, said it took him and other MTLs about eight hours a week to prepare, print, scan and upload documents in process, considering that each student fills out 13 documents.

“As MTLs, our number one priority is to be able to spend time with and mentor our students,” Davis said. “Because of the application, I give myself 10 hours each week so that I don’t spend it on administrative work, and instead spend more time with the students.”

Now, due to the app he created, the swarm can run 80 to 100 students per week in less than five minutes. Although application use is not mandatory, all 574 students in the past six weeks have chosen the digital option, versus filling out hard copies.

The web-based application is accessed through a QR code or a direct link, and students fill in five boxes that cover a total of 13 hard copies, including policies and memos.

The app is constantly updated with information and students are encouraged to provide feedback to Davis. He added that the students inquired about volunteering opportunities, so he added a section in the application in which students can participate in various events.

“Lackland Primary School was looking for volunteers and thought it was a perfect opportunity to add this event into the application,” he said. “In 72 hours, 171 students signed up and it was great having everyone there to help transport the teachers to their newly renovated classrooms.”

Additionally, the app includes various resources such as local maps, training videos, local and resilience resources, career success guides, building discrepancy submissions, squadron leader feedback form, and MTLs.

Davis shared his enthusiasm for incorporating this type of innovation into the daily tasks of pilots, especially those who use models, or even host events, in their jobs.

“Ultimately, we have a basic way of getting this to our pilots and educating them about this kind of technology,” he said. “I have been contacted by people asking how to integrate an app like this into the multi-day events they host for pilots and senior leaders. Technology like this really has the potential to save hours and even thousands of dollars across the Air Force.”

343 TRS plans in the near future to use the app to digitize external student processing as well. Currently, students fill out six to eight paper documents to get out of the process.

“It is an honor to help 343 TRS modernize our operations,” Davis said. “As an MTL, it is our duty to help change the way our pilots learn, and this includes discovering ways to eliminate redundancies, by following Work Order B.

The 343rd Training Squadron is aligned under the 37th Training Wing and conducts initial training for 100% of the security forces personnel.

Appointment booked: 09.15.2022
Announcement date: 09.23.2022 15:57
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