Love the 184th? There’s an app for that

170404-F-UB734-002By Master Sgt. Matt McCoy, 184th Public Affairs

For many years, Guardsmen of any status and their spouses have expressed the need for accessible information from the unit. Whether they’re interested in things happening on base, on a trip and need phone numbers for key personnel, or talking to a potential recruit and want to showcase their wing, Airmen find themselves in need of instant access to information concerning the 184th Intelligence Wing.

To address the need, the 184th Public Affairs office worked with Straxis Technology to build an app for mobile devices. The app contains features that strengthen the connection between Air Guardsmen and the wing.

“The app provides comprehensive information about our wing that prospective recruits and influencers (parents, counselors, etc.) can access easily through the most popular form of information sharing in our society,” said Col. Joe Jabara, vice commander, 184th IW.

The app include a news feed, a directory for main points of contact, an events calendar and other features.

Air Guardsmen and their families will benefit from the Family section, which includes helpful links such as Military Kids Connect, the Armed Forces Vacation Club, Military One Source and others. Resources also include a deployment checklist and family news from across the Air Force.

An Air Force Guidebook is also included. This section offers guidance on dress and appearance, and protocol, as well as the Air Force Tongue and Quill.

Fitness standards and a fitness calculator are also built into the app. Airmen preparing for a fitness test can now score themselves during practice tests by using these tools.

The app also contains a Recruiting section. Potential recruits can easily find a recruiter in this section, which contains names, portraits and contact information of all 184th recruiters. Airmen who know a potential recruit can share the app via e-mail, text, Twitter or Facebook.

“The app makes information more accessible to the public,” said Master Sgt. Ricky Ramsey, supervisor, 184th Recruiting Office. “It grants the public a clearer understanding of the different missions, [Air Force Specialty Codes] and skillsets that we offer out here, making any potential appointment easier to build upon.”

The recruiting team concentrates on providing a positive direction and unlimited information about the wing’s mission, which they feel will benefit recruits educationally, mentally, personally and professionally.

“It also may answer some of the entry level questions an applicant may have, allowing us to be more efficient focusing on bigger issues or concerns they may have,” said Ramsey. “By simply utilizing your phone, you can gain a solid foundation of what our wing represents and take that next step by contacting a recruiter.”

To download the app, search for the 184th Intelligence Wing in your mobile device’s App Store (iPhones) or Play Store (Androids). The 184th Communications Flight is currently working on the approval process to load the app on government phones.