A group of Solano County, Calif., high school students visited Travis AFB last week to participate in the installation’s latest Phoenix Spark challenge, a grassroots innovation program which allows the base to form collaborative partnerships with industry, academia and government to solve a variety of technological problems. Students will have a chance to work on one of three projects requiring design and problem-solving skills — remotely and wirelessly monitor airfield lighting; deny unmanned aerial systems entry into installation airspace; and design a self-driving bus that can carry passengers from the passenger terminal to the visitors center. Phoenix Spark previously established its first innovation hub at Travis, according to the Reporter. … Coconino County, Ariz., and its project partners last month hosted the first community meeting for a joint land use study (JLUS) seeking compatible uses between operations at Army National Guard Camp Navajo — a 28,255 Army-owned installation operating as a premier high-altitude training site and defense commodity storage depot located 12 miles west of Flagstaff — and U.S. Naval Observatory Flagstaff Station and surrounding communities, according to an update from the chairman of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. The Coconino JLUS will address compatibility issues such as urban development and growth, dark sky maintenance, economic diversity and environmental regulations.
Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Steve Razo