FORT RUCKER, Ala. (May 31, 2013) -- Fort Rucker garrison leadership hosts a town hall June 4 that people can attend from the comfort of their homes, or wherever they may be during the time set aside for the event.

The Facebook town hall is scheduled for 6-7 p.m., allowing garrison leadership and the Fort Rucker community to take advantage of the communications capabilities of social media.

"People can read leaders' posts about news, happenings and initiatives, and also ask questions," said Col. Stuart J. McRae, garrison commander.

"There are a lot of great things going on at Fort Rucker -- we offer a lot of services and programs that benefit Soldiers and Families, and there are a lot of things happening within our government that directly affect our Army home," he said, adding that the post was recently honored by the Army with an Army Community of Excellence Gold award and also by the Department of Defense with the 2013 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

"It's (ACOE award) been a long time coming for Fort Rucker," he said. "Many of us are aware of the great amount of talent that we have here at Fort Rucker. What an awesome group of people we have here.

"When you grow up in the Army, you mostly see people in (Army combat uniforms) and on occasion you get to interact with civilians, but when you're in a job like mine, you get the opportunity to mix with those (people) every day," he said. "I get to see the huge amount of initiative and great amount of work that you all take on … and I've seen people in this garrison take on more than just their share."

The town hall is designed to offer an opportunity for two-way communication between the garrison leaders and the Soldiers, Families and civilian employees they serve, McRae said.

"This town hall will open up a line of communication between the garrison and the people we're charged with taking care of -- the Soldiers, Families and employees who call Fort Rucker home," he said.

The Facebook town hall will offer people a convenient, comfortable venue to interact with the entire garrison leadership.

"We'd love to hear from as many people as possible, and we'll entertain a variety of questions and comments," McRae said. "We'll address all the questions we can right away during the town hall, but if there are any we can't answer right away, we'll staff those and post responses on the Facebook page when we have the answer."

If people would like to ask questions ahead of time, they can send a message via

All people need to take part in the Facebook town hall is an Internet connection and a Facebook account. Everyone is welcome to like the Fort Rucker Facebook page and take part in the town hall.

For more, call 255-1159.