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    Cracking the Code: 163 AW Airman wins coding competition



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    163d Attack Wing   

    By Staff Sgt. Austin Harvill
    163d Attack Wing Public Affairs

    MARCH AFB, CA – James Clear, writer and continuous improvement speaker, once said, “you do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems.”

    Staff Sgt. Angel Mora, 163rd Operations Support Squadron information analyst, takes that idea of “systems” to it’s most basic, yet most complicated, form: programming systems for the Air Force, writ large.

    In late September, Mora and a group of other Airmen from across the nation took 1st place in the 2022 “Hack the Ranch” programming competition in Tucson, Arizona, as a part of Code Militia. According to the National Guard, Code Militia is based on the premise of continuing to build digital literacy within the National Guard.

    “Code Militia is the National Guard’s innovative push to modernize Air Force software,” Mora said simply. “We identify bottlenecks in any process and attempt to automate the workflow to keep things running smoothly.”

    In Tucson, participants were presented an issue with scheduling around air space management. Mora and his team developed a page that allows requestors to schedule and view the air space in real-time, essentially automating the entire process.

    The team took the proof of concept back to Tucson in October and presented it to Lt. Gen. Michael Loh, Air National Guard Director, and other air staff members. They were coined for their efforts and given the green light to continue development.

    “They were impressed by the capability of Code Militia to have an answer to the problem,” Mora explained. “They’re eager to see the project fully completed and usable.”

    With the success under his belt, Mora wants to do more with Code Militia, and he needs some help.

    “We don’t have a group here, and other units do,” explained Mora. “I’m hoping I can revitalize the group to continue on other projects.”

    Luckily, you don’t need to know anything to get started.

    “I learned coding during this whole enterprise,” Mora said. “Part of the [Code Militia] directive is to teach coding from zero; that is part of the innovation.”

    Mora sees a future Code Militia at March and encouraged interested 163rd AW Airmen to reach out with more questions. Together, he thinks a group of dedicated Airmen could crack the code behind our systems and rise to the lofty goals of the Air Force.



    Date Taken: 11.05.2022
    Date Posted: 11.22.2022 13:03
    Story ID: 432750
    Location: CA, US

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