XVIII Airborne Corps Signs Educational Partnership Agreement

By Matthew VisserNovember 23, 2021

Fort Bragg, North Carolina - Scholars representing Vanderbilt University, Georgia Institute of Technology, Duke University, Syracuse University, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of North Carolina System gathered for an Innovation Orientation Day that culminated with the signing of an Educational Partnership Agreement at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, November 23, 2021.

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"Over the past year, we have embraced innovation to become an AI-enabled Corps. We have been pursuing this transformation under the banner of Project Ridgway by fostering a culture of innovation, harnessing data as a strategic asset, and exploiting cloud infrastructure," said Brigadier Robert Ritchie, Assistant Commanding General - Operations, XVIII Airborne Corps.

The educational partnership agreement will strengthen these institutions existing relationships with the military and allow for new opportunities to encourage and enhance education, research, data literacy, and innovation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and other disciplines.

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"This is all about people. There are a lot of opportunities to create new mathematical formulas and technologies, but we are focused on the human component to build a foundation for a culture of innovation," said Colonel Molly Solsbury, Chief Data Officer, XVIII Airborne Corps.

Ritchie continues, "Our future success is dependent upon mutually beneficial partnerships with top academic institutions – partnerships in which Soldier-Academic teams field tangible solutions to the complex challenges we collaboratively face"

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For any further questions related to this event, please contact Capt. Matt Visser, Deputy Public Affairs Officer for XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg at matthew.a.visser.mil@army.mil or (254) 702-6464.