Airmen in South Korea come up with ideas for phone apps to combat DUI, handle stress

A bar customer uses his phone after consuming an alcoholic beverage near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES
A bar customer uses his phone after consuming an alcoholic beverage near Osan Air Base, South Korea, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019. MATTHEW KEELER/STARS AND STRIPES

Airmen in South Korea come up with ideas for phone apps to combat DUI, handle stress

by Matthew Keeler
Stars and Stripes

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea — Airmen in South Korea have been hard at work in their free time developing concepts for phone applications that could reduce the number of DUIs in the force and provide airmen a means to deal anonymously with daily stressors.

Members of Osan’s 51st Fighter Wing worked with the organization’s Innovation Engine Room, led by Master Sgt. Courtney Christiansen, to prepare their ideas, perfect their pitch and build video presentations in preparation for the Air Force Spark Tank 2020 competition. The room was created to give innovative airmen the resources and connections needed to turn their ideas into reality.

Spark Tank is an annual competition in which airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership. The goal of the competition is to find new ways of maintaining Air Force readiness, cost effectively modernize its operation and drive innovation within its ranks, Christiansen said.

Senior Airman Emma Poveromo, an emergency room medical technician with the 51st Medical Operations Squadron, is developing a phone app that would streamline the Airmen Against Drunk Driving program for its volunteers and its inebriated users.

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