Division collaborates with cadets at inaugural Marne Innovation Workshop – US Army Garrisons Innovation

Spc. Daniel Thompson

3rd Infantry Division

Photo by Spc. Daniel Thompson

Soldiers from 3rd Infantry Division, along with cadets from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the U.S. Military Academy, tour Georgia Tech facilities as part of the first Marne Innovation Workshop at Georgia Institute of Technology, Jan. 6 in Atlanta. The opening events included a tour, team-building exercise, and a briefing as participants prepare to begin a six month collaboration where they will work on challenges identified by 3rd ID Soldiers in survey.

Division collaborates with cadets at inaugural Marne Innovation Workshop

ATLANTA —Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division participated in the first Marne Innovations Workshop at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Jan. 6-9. The workshop is a collaborative event that included participants from the Georgia Institute of Technology Army ROTC, the United States Military Academy, and the 75th Innovation Command.

The Marne Innovations Workshop is the first opportunity for 3rd ID to partner with the Georgia Institute of Technology, and its intent is to solve todays problems with todays technology,” said Capt. Ben McFarlin, deputy innovations officer for 3rd ID.

Recently, 3rd ID Soldiers generated a list of challenges, which were curated from feedback

and survey results received from across the Division. Georgia Tech students and USMA cadets then selected a set of challenges from this list.

Group of cadets and students worked with Soldiers during the 4-day workshop to begin developing ideas and prototypes to solve the challenges brought forward by 3rd ID. The teams will continue to work together over the next six months to further hone their ideas.

The 3rd ID is currently on a modernization path that includes new equipment, weapons and vehi- cles across the division. The Marne Innovation program complements this modernization push by focusing on enhancing and broadening its Soldiers intellectually through new industry and academic partnerships, and in new directions for problems.

The investments that we make in people will pay off in the long run,” said Brig. Gen. Jasper

Jeffers, the deputy commanding general of maneuver for 3rd ID. I hope our Soldiers realize that they dont have to accept barriers to their good ideas; if they have a good idea, there is a way and a path to put together a team and work on it.”

Innovation fosters a culture of development for Soldiers by giving them technical skills learned through education. It also makes their units more efficient and lethal by giving time back to warfighters to devote to readiness. Those benefits contribute to any mission the Marne Division receives, whether its deploying, conducting garrison operations, or modernizing the force.

Although the cadets, students and Soldiers who met during the Marne Innovation Project are geo- graphically dispersed, they will remain in contact over the next six months as they collaborate to develop solutions to problems faced by 3rd ID Soldiers.

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