By Staff Sgt. Patrice Clarke
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Mobile phones have evolved greatly from the infamous Zac Morris phone made popular on the television show Saved by the Bell in the early 90s. Then, making calls was the most important thing a mobile phone needed to do. Not so much now. The age of the smartphone and the mobile applications or apps that come with it are here to stay.
Schriever has jumped in the app market and now offers a free Schriever-specific app for Android and soon the Apple operating systems which give Schrieverites a more convenient way to get information.
“We actually got this idea from the U.S. Air Force Academy up the road,” said Col. Jonathan Webb, 50th Mission Support Group commander. “They have a lot of apps up there that not only cater to the base population but specifically to cadets. We are trying to reach the same young Airmen demographic with our information and this is just one more avenue to do that.”
According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center, 83 percent of U.S. adults have a cell phone and 42 percent of those people have smartphones. Pew found one of the highest demographics adopting smartphones vice conventional cell phones were people under the age of 45.
Most military members on their second and third enlistment have an idea where to go for information concerning the base, explained Webb.
“We want to reach the young, first-term Airmen and this is the best way to do it,” he said. “I mean when I was younger we got our information from bulletin boards. Times have changed and so should we.”
The app, which can be found in the Andriod Marketplace and in the future, the iTunes store, features a monthly events calendar linking events to an individual phone’s internal calendar. Contact numbers and hours of operation for many of Schriever’s customer service organizations are also featured.
For the social-media minded, there are direct links to the 50th Space Wing Facebook and Twitter pages and the public news website, www.schriever.af.mil.
If there is other information Team Schriever members want featured in the app they can send a request through the question feature on the app or send an email to the 50 SW Public Affairs office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As of now, the free app is only available on the Andriod operating system but will soon become available on the Apple operating system. Members wishing to download the app should search for 50 SW Schriever.
If you are out there looking for Schriever information and don’t know where to find it, don’t worry; we have an app for that.