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21st Space Wing embraces social media with new pages

21 Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force graphic / Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

21st Space Wing now on Facebook. Search Peterson AFB: 21 Space Wing. (U.S. Air Force graphic / Airman 1st Class Jessica Hines)

by Airman 1st Class Jessica hines

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff writer

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The 21st Space Wing has launched its first official social media pages April 18, using the popular Facebook and Twitter sites.

The sites address ever growing popularity with social media in the Air Force while bringing a locally driven page aimed at a new generation of Airmen. Since the launch of the official Air Force page on Facebook in mid 2009, over 100,000 individuals have “Liked” the page and follow up-to-date postings from the site on Air Force operations and missions.

“We are excited to see what new community growth and outreach a 21st Space Wing social media site will bring,” said Col. Jim Jennings, 21st Space Wing vice commander. “We hope it will build upon the Peterson community and connect a new generation of tech savvy Airmen”.

The new sites will strive to bring 21st SW news as well as neighborhood information, which will serve to educate both on and off base communities.

Many Air Force bases have embraced social media pages in the past few years with great success and in large part due to community interaction.

“The page will succeed as long as there is community interest, engaged Airmen and leadership support,” said 1st Lt. Holly Hess, 21st SW public affairs chief.

“I believe we have all three,” she added.

Other Peterson AFB based Facebook sites have started in the past few months as well. With a central Peterson AFB page, Airmen and community members can find a one stop page for interest items.

l To find the new Facebook page search: Peterson AFB: 21st Space Wing.

l On Twitter search: Peterson AFB: 21 SW.

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