U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case A. Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, presents a check for $2,500 to the 2018 Shogun Spark Tank winners for their contingency lodging application, LodgeNET, on Feb. 11, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Innovative incentive programs such as the 18th WG Spark Tank encourage Airmen to think outside the box and provide new solutions to everyday problems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cynthia Belío)
U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Case A. Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, presents a check for $2,500 to the 2018 Shogun Spark Tank winners for their contingency lodging application, LodgeNET, on Feb. 11, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan. Innovative incentive programs such as the 18th WG Spark Tank encourage Airmen to think outside the box and provide new solutions to everyday problems. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Cynthia Belío)

Out with the old, In with the new

by Airman 1st Class Cynthia Belío
18th Wing Public Affairs

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Brig. Gen. Case A. Cunningham, 18th Wing commander, presented a check for $2,500 to the 2018 Shogun Spark Tank winners for their contingency lodging application, LodgeNET, on Feb. 11, 2019 at Kadena Air Base, Japan.

LodgeNET is a deployable, automated, software application developed by the 18th Force Support Squadron and the 18th Communication Squadron that provides real-time contingency statistics in a centralized, collaborative platform. This program integrates and consolidates civil engineering housing data, unaccompanied dormitory data, and defense lodging system data into one application with a 99% speed increase compared to manually inputting data.

“We’re currently testing functionality during exercises here at Kadena,” said Staff Sgt. Alexander Nestle, 18th CS software development supervisor and LodgeNET team member. “We’re also working with representatives from the Head Quarters of Air Force Services Agency to further develop LodgeNET’s functionality in anticipation for Air Force wide utilization.”

Kadena Air Base currently has a functioning prototype of the software application. With continuous development and proper equipment funding, LodgeNET is anticipated to replace the garrison solution, Defense Lodging System, and improve the deployable contingency lodging process on a global scale.

“LodgeNET is a game changer and a force multiplier,” said Bernard Obsuna, 18th FSS information technology chief and LodgeNET team leader. “[It] is the result of a common team vision: to leverage technology and innovation to enhance the warfighter’s capabilities.”

Innovative incentive programs such as the 18th Wing Spark Tank encourage Airmen to seek new solutions to everyday problems, and guide them from beginning to end.

“The most rewarding part of this journey was to see LodgeNET come to fruition through teamwork, communication, and collaboration at all levels,” Nestle said. “LodgeNET went from an abstract idea to a defined, functional prototype that could potentially change contingency operations throughout the Air Force.”

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