By Adrienne Anderson, The BayonetDecember 10, 2010
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Fort Benning town hall meetings are a way to have issues and concerns addressed with leadership and agencies on post. In order to provide Soldiers and their families more opportunity to do so, Fort Benning is planning its first Facebook town hall meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12.
With more than 46,000 fans on the Fort Benning Facebook fan page, the goal is to reach out to as many people as possible and allow people to have their questions answered directly.
"Hundreds of conversations occur on our fan page each day, it's a great communication avenue that reaches a huge audience, not only locally but Armywide," said Tiffani Migliore, management analyst and Interactive Customer Evaluation administrator for Fort Benning.
"By having a town hall on Facebook, we provide an opportunity for effective two-way conversation - we can put out important topics to the community while hearing from them their issues or concerns," she said. "We want to leverage this conversation flow to provide the best quality of life for our Soldiers, families and civilians at Fort Benning."
Migliore said town hall meetings focus on topics that affect the overall community - like traffic, housing, construction and hospital issues.
Emerging trends and current issues such as speeding, security measures during holiday breaks and manpower issues are also covered during town hall meetings, she said.
Migliore said a town hall on Facebook would allow people to address their concerns when they have time, such as after work, and would give those who are not able to get to the meetings the ability to log on and voice their concerns.
"This is a way for them to meet with leaders in an informal setting," Migliore said. "And that's why we're going to do this through Facebook."
The Facebook town hall meeting will include the garrison directorates and agencies.
Brandon Cockrell, garrison chief of plans, analysis and integration, said they are using the success of social media sites like Facebook, to bring the town hall to the people.
Because communication flows both ways, Cockrell said, not only do individuals receive information from the command side, but also can provide information to the garrison.
Those interested in joining the Fort Benning Facebook town hall, go to www.facebook.com/fortbenningfans, "like" the page and join the discussion Jan. 12 between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m.