Honors Gallery

Joshua Forbes

Award: Rookie of the Year

Year: 2011

Award Type:

Region: Midwest

Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) - Aerospace Systems Directorate

Joshua Forbes was a busy man in 2010. He was the administrator of the United States Air Force (USAF) Community of Practice (CoP) online technology transfer (T2) resource system, creator of two online training modules for his colleagues, administrator of the USAF technology transfer database system, co-author of the revision of USAF instructions governing the service’s entire technology transfer program, and acting Office of Research and Technology Applications (ORTA) representative for seven USAF organizations that needed to consummate technology transfer agreements but did not have the T2 authority to do so.

That is probably enough “exceptional service” to merit a Rookie of the Year Award, but for this application, it is only the beginning. In addition to everything already cited, Forbes also established a technology transfer program at the Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC) in San Antonio, Texas. Forbes achieved all of that success while working from his location at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio.

A major responsibility for Forbes heading into 2010 was that of acting ORTA representative for Air Force organizations that did not have formal technology transfer programs. During the course of the year, Forbes drafted and executed technology transfer agreements through the Air Force Research Laboratory headquarters on behalf of the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Defense Cyber Crime Center, 81st Medical Group, 60th Medical Group, Air Armament Center, and the 91st Missile Wing. His contributions have been prolific, resulting in 14 Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs), three Material Transfer Agreements, a Joint Ownership Agreement, and five Non-Disclosure Agreements—for a total of 22 agreements drafted, negotiated, and coordinated in 2010.