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NEWS | Oct. 25, 2023

Unleash Your Innovation: The Connecticut National Guard Innovation Challenge

By Maj. Christopher Coutu

Innovation is the fuel that drives progress, and the Connecticut National Guard recognizes the power of ideas – big and small. We believe in the ingenuity of our soldiers and the civilians who support them. That's why we're thrilled to introduce the Connecticut National Guard Innovation Challenge, a platform that celebrates your innovative solutions aimed at overcoming the challenges that face our organization and its members. Join us on this mission towards a better, more efficient, and stronger National Guard.

Why Innovation Matters on the Battlefield
Innovation isn't just a buzzword; it's the force behind military success throughout history. From Sun Tzu's tactics to precision-guided missiles, military advancement results from daring to think differently and envisioning a brighter future. Now, it's your turn to be part of this military tradition, shaping the future of the Connecticut National Guard.

Your Ideas, Our Military Might
The Connecticut National Guard Innovation Challenge welcomes both National Guard Military personnel and civilians. We believe innovation knows no uniform. Every individual, regardless of military rank or civilian status, can revolutionize our operations, enhance soldier experiences, boost retention, and improve morale. We're a collective, thriving on diverse thought and experience.
We're not looking for the next groundbreaking technology (though, if you have one, we'd love to hear about it). We want every idea, whether it's a small tweak to an existing process, motivate our troops, or an entirely new approach to an old problem. This is your chance to shine, to share your unique perspective and help create a better future for the Connecticut National Guard.

Your Innovation, Our Mission
When you submit your innovative solution, rest assured it won't be overlooked. We appreciate your input and will diligently review every submission. Your ideas are valuable, and we'll provide the support and resources needed to bring them to the front lines. Our goal is to deploy these innovations for greater engagement, making an immediate and lasting impact.
Innovation isn't just about generating ideas; it's about execution and change. Your innovative solution could streamline military missions, duties, and service. You're a vital part of the Connecticut National Guard's mission towards excellence.

The Grand Finale: Innovation Challenge War Room
In January, we'll host a "Shark Tank" event to celebrate the finalists of the Innovation Challenge. This is your moment to pitch your idea to a panel who can help make your concept a military reality. The “Shark Tank” event is the culmination of your hard work and dedication to the betterment of the National Guard.
Remember, innovation is not confined to a particular field or role. It's a mindset that can be applied in every aspect of our organization. You are the visionaries, the dreamers, the change-makers who can reshape the future of the Connecticut National Guard.

How to Join the Frontlines of Innovation
To be part of the Connecticut National Guard Innovation Challenge, request access to the CTNG Innovation channel on Microsoft TEAMS by emailing us at To submit your idea, complete the provided form and email it with supporting information to
This is your chance to lead from the front and make a lasting impact. We welcome your military strategies, solutions, and innovation. Together, we'll forge a stronger, more resilient, and forward-thinking National Guard. The Connecticut National Guard Innovation Challenge is your opportunity to inspire and lead our organization to new heights. Are you up for the battle?