Lauren Knausenberger (left), director of Cyberspace Innovation, and 1st Lt. Jessica Farris, program manager and engineer, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Agile Combat Support Directorate, participate in a panel discussing women in technology during the Air Force Conference at the Pentagon July 19. AFCON is a one-day immersion into Air Force technology, culture and operations designed for long-form storytellers who typically do not cover the military. (U.S. Air Force photo/Svetlana Bilenkina)

AFLCMC engineer participates in Air Force media day at Pentagon

Talking to the media about some of the ways the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center supports warfighters has become almost a second job for 1st Lt. Jessica Farris, a program manager and engineer in AFLCMC’s Agile Combat Support Directorate.

Recently, Farris attended the Air Force Conference, also known as AFCON, at the Pentagon where she was on the “Women in Technology” panel and spoke to the press about her work as the program manager for the Pulse/Hypoxia Observation (PHOG) team, responsible for rapidly procuring physiological monitoring sensors worn by ejection seat aircrew.

Specifically, she discussed her day-to-day job and talked about the PHOG team’s acquisition and tests of the SPYDR device, which is designed to alert aircrews of low oxygen in their bloodstream and allow them to take actions to prevent physiological symptoms in flight.

Farris also talked about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math and empowering young girls to become involved in STEM career fields.

During the conference, Farris sat down for a one-on-one lunch with a reporter from Buzzfeed, where she elaborated on her work with AFLCMC.

“AFCON was a great experience,” said Farris. “It brought together Airmen to discuss how we are impacting the Air Force in each of our jobs. It was an incredible opportunity to tell America about the awesome things the Air Force is doing.”

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