DVIDS – News – Local Guardsman participates in the national ARCWERX program which aims to solve the problem of the state

Technical Sergeant. Alex Tamayo works as a Security Officer one weekend a month and two weeks a year at the 162nd Wing at Morris Air National Guard Base as a Traditional Drill State Guard (DSG). He has also worked full-time for the past year and a half as a system administrator for a local defense company, but coding is his true passion, which he was unable to pursue until recently when he heard about an Air Program Reserve Component (ARC) for innovators like him. Tamayo came across ARCWERX and had the opportunity to attend a “Hack the Ranch” event at ARCWERX headquarters right here in Tucson last week.

ARCWERX is the Air Reserve Component version of AFWERX, the innovation arm of the Department of the Air Force. Organizationally, ARCWERX is a branch nested under the Air National Guard-Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), which is housed at Morris Air National Guard Base in Tucson, Arizona. ARCWERX, however, is geographically separated in downtown Tuson.

“Innovation is key to being number one and today we live in a world where software is one of the most important, if not the most important, component of innovation,” Lt. Col. Shahin said. Pena-Serrano, director of software for Ranch Corsaire. “Corsair Ranch” is the name of ARCWERX’s software division and, according to Pena-Serrano, focuses on modernizing software engineering.
“ARCWERX is the innovation hub. ARC innovation starts at ARCWERX and they are instrumental in attacking wing pain points,” said Pena-Serrano. “Both organizations are complementary to each other and can benefit and push boundaries and break down barriers together,” he said.
Enter Tech. sergeant. Tamayo and the Hack the Ranch event. “I’ve taken classes before, but saw this as an opportunity to potentially incorporate a personal hobby into my career,” Tamayo said. After spending all of his 11 years of military service as a member of the 162nd Wing, this was his first opportunity to collaborate with other service members, civilians and contractors outside the perimeter of base at the Hack the Ranch Hackathon.
Hackathons are events where programmers come together to collaborate and rapidly develop prototypes of software applications to meet a set of requirements or to solve a problem. At the Tucson event, titled “The Barry M. Goldwater Range Revitalization” (BMGR), collaborators worked on a solution to positively impact military flight crew training within BMGR.
Established in 1941 in the desert mountains of southern Arizona, the BMGR has been a popular air-to-air and air-to-ground training range used by various Air Force and DoD aircraft. The goal of Tamayo and other hackathon collaborators was to produce software deliverables that could have a positive impact on line planning and operations. ARCWERX served as the problem-solving innovation facilitator among service members and contractors across the DoD for this – the first ever – Corsair Ranch hackathon.
Pena-Serrano said ARCWERX holds hackathons regularly, and they’re a great way to come together for a few days to learn and work with like-minded people to solve a specific problem using various tools. modern software engineering. “We always have projects that any type of coder, regardless of skill set, can work on,” he said.
For DSGs like Tamayo, ARCWERX and Corsair Ranch provide ways to innovate in new and exciting ways and help solve local or national problems in affordable ways. Have Tamayo and his fellow collaborators solved BMGR’s planning problems? Attend a future hackathon to find out.
To submit an innovation idea, visit the ARCWERX website: https://arcwerx.dso.mil. For more information on future hackathons, visit https://corsairranch.dso.mil/contact or https://www.linkedin.com/company/corsair-ranch/.








Date taken: 10.07.2022
Date posted: 10.07.2022 16:18
Story ID: 431004
Location: TUCSON, AZ, USA
Hometown: TUCSON, AZ, USA






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