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Pushing The Envelope: Catalyzing Change

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Janiqua P. Robinson
  • Airman Magazine

Throughout its 75-year history, the Air Force has used crisis to propel itself into innovation in the hopes of ensuring the same disaster doesn’t happen twice. 

In 1994 a mass shooting in the inpatient hospital on Fairchild Air Force Base left the Air Force community reeling. This tragedy led to changes in installation entrance and exit security procedures worldwide. Fast forward to 2018 and natural disasters pummeled Offut and Tyndall Air Force Base’s, devastating infrastructure. However, the nearly clean slate at Tyndall AFB created a test bed for how the Air Force, and possibly the rest of the services, will modernize and fortify installations.