Kevin McKee, mechanical engineering senior at Louisiana Tech University, designed and built a prototype facility protection tool for the Air Force Global Strike Command at a design sprint aimed at solving a recurring problem that the command encounters.

At the five-day design sprint organized by STRIKEWERX, the innovative hub for the Global Strike Command, McKee worked on developing a rugged weather cover for jack stand slots that secure intercontinental ballistic missile launch structures. The stand slot becomes filled with dirt, gravel and snow that freezes to the consistency of concrete during the winter, and crews spend hours removing the packed debris. The goal of the competition was to develop a simple and durable solution that could resolve the debris problem and be used for all missile wings in the Global Strike Command. 

Henry Cardenas, associate