Saturday, January 23, 2010

U.S. Army Releases iPhone App

This week, - commonly referred to as the social media bible - gave a sweet shout out to the U.S. Army's newly released iPhone app.

Launched last month, the app puts the latest Army news headlines from across the CONUS and globe at the user's fingertips. Other cool features include the daily issue of "Stand-To," podcasts, an archive of Soldiers magazine and direct assess to the Army Live Blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed and video and photos from the Army's Flickr and YouTube accounts.

While social media has played a role in Army communications for a while, I think it's safe to say that it is now front and center like any good soldier. I take my hat off to the Army for their adoption of new media. HOOAH!

Visit here for a full briefing on features and functionality or you can download the app from iTunes directly for free.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

U.S. Military Lends a Helping Hand to Haiti

It's been amazing to watch the outpouring of support that Americans have showed the people of Haiti. I think it's been most interesting to see how the tragedy has helped put our own lives into perspective. There are many parts of our nation that are still suffering from the recession - and yet, what has happened in Haiti has made us seem grateful for what we all have, no matter how little it seems to be.

Tweets swirling around the topic of Haiti, including the relief efforts, have exploded on to the scene. I was happy to see Admiral Mike Mullen (CJCS) push out a few tweets on the topic. The first tweet that caught my eye read "Thoughts and prayers w/ the people of Haiti. Committed to doing all we can to help." He's followed this up with links on where we can get updates on the military's efforts and has leveraged other social media channels to keep us all informed.

While it comes as no surprise to Americans, and the world, that our military is coming to Haiti's rescue, I think that it's a wonderful way of reminding Americans of how phenomenal our troops really are. So much of the media's focus on our military is directly connected to the war - something that is judged so harshly. But watching our troops save earthquake victims warms everyone's hearts.

For updates on how our outstanding military is helping Haiti see a brighter tomorrow, please visit DOD's YouTube channel.

Three cheers to our troops! We're so very proud of you!

Ready for a New Decade

Happy New Year to all my readers. Here's hoping you had a stellar holiday season.

As mentioned in my last post, I haven't blogged in ages. Which should result in shame! Yes, I am shameful - my head's hanging low now you just can't see it. It hangs even lower specifically when I get an email that contains my site analysis results. It claims that people are still coming to my blog, despite the lack of posts.

So, with that, I'm back in the saddle again. Promising to give you the military related posts that you like to see. With fingers crossed that I'll make it interesting enough for you to come back for more.

Here's to a new decade of adventure, possibilities, and blogging!