Facebook another communication outlet for ANAD
June 20, 2013
ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala. -- Last week, we took steps to establish a social media presence. On Tuesday, we developed an official Anniston Army Depot page on Facebook, where you will find the most recent information and news about the installation.
It is our goal to provide the public with information and news and allow for an open forum of discussion on posted topics. Currently, it contains hard news stories (over the last few months) and links to sister installations, higher headquarters, the Army and select community organizations.
The page will also be used for crisis communication.
Social media is an integral part of the Army and Department of Defense operations and officials have issued policies governing its use.
On Feb, 25, 2010, the DoD re-issued a directive-type memorandum providing guidelines for military use of social media and acknowledged "that internet-based capabilities are integral to operations across the Department of Defense."
Additionally, there is a slideshare on the Army.mil website outlining the registration and execution of social media for official use.
Because there is a registration process with the Army, the page is now up for review. Once approved, our site will be listed in the Army's social media directory and the ads that currently appear on the right side of the page will be removed.
Depot Commander Col. Brent Bolander views Facebook as another communication channel and a means of giving and receiving information.
"This is a step that was long overdue," he said. "Utilizing social media gives us the opportunity to reach a large number of people in a fast and effective manner. In our environment, that's very important."
Depot employees have long inquired about access. Due to recently increased bandwidth, the commander has authorized access to social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, etc. for all users on unclassified computers in the .mil domain.
Right now, you'll only find us on Facebook, but we plan to make use of YouTube for videos end Flickr for pictures in the near future.
Until then, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/annistonarmydepot.