|Airman Gets Big Bucks for Using Brain |
Airman Gets Big Bucks for Using Brain
By Airman Amy Robinson, 1st Fighter Wing Public Affairs.
Langley Air Force Base, Virginia -- (AFPN) September 28, 2001 -- In the Air Force, it pays to use your brain -- literally. Staff Sgt. James Fonville, a jet engine technician with the 1st Component Repair Squadron here, received $10,000 for using his.
Fonville earned the reward -- the maximum amount of money awarded -- for submitting a change to a technical order that saved the Air Force more than $2 million.
The Innovative Development through Employee Awareness program is how active-duty people and Defense Department civilians can submit ideas for the improvement of the Air Force, said Monika Chapman, management analyst and IDEA program manager here.
Originally started in 1943 during World War II, the IDEA program, known then as Ideas for Victory, was created to conserve money for the war effort.
In the program's two years of wartime operation the savings totaled more than $100 million, Chapman said. (Courtesy of Air Combat Command News Service)