By Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster | 50th Space Wing Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Airmen stationed here have a new way to connect with leadership and each other through the Air Force Connect mobile app.
This official Air Force app, a 2018 Air Force Spark Tank product, affords wings, squadrons and units another option to disseminate essential information to Airmen and their families.
First Lt. Taylor Contreras, 50th Space Wing commander’s action group chief and project lead for the 50th SW section of the app, said it is a unique way to bring together the 50th SW and wing.
“The wing commander’s tab in the app allows Colonel Smith to post messages directly,” Contreras said. “He plans on using this feature regularly to communicate to the wing.”
Another feature of the app is to push notifications. Schriever Airmen can enable push notifications to alert them to snow call and emergency notifications.
“We’re not going to be pushing notifications for just anything, we want to limit the use of this feature to specific events that might occur outside the normal duty day,” she said. “Snow call usually goes through Facebook, but with AF Connect the snow call updates also go through the notifications tab,” Contreras said. “Airmen will receive push notifications on their phone which will notify them of a delay or closure.”
Contreras also highlighted Connect groups feature, which allows Schriever Airmen to create, invite and interact with other Airmen.
“If the there is a commander’s call or an off-site lunch and the location or meeting time has changed, the commander can send a message out to their Airmen to notify them of this through groups,” she said. “A commander can also poll people’s preferences for events.”
Lt. Col. Timothy Ryan, 4th Space Operations Squadron commander, said he started using the AF Connect app while assigned to the Pentagon as a way to stay connected to the Air Force.
“At the time, I was on the joint staff and wasn’t on Air Force email lists,” Ryan said. “[AF Connect] has grown into a tool that I use for finding publications, especially when not by my desk (can’t tell you how many times I have used it for AFI 36-2903 guidance at home setting a mess dress up). In addition, it has an awesome physical fitness test calculator, to include the ability to adjust for the altitude and (exceptions) right in the app.”
Another feature in the app is the ability to access the base’s social media sites.
“If you use social media, you can access any of the Schriever social media sites directly from the app,” Contreras said.
Other features within the app include a base phone directory, checklists and a base events calendar.
“We have all of our emergency information and resources, such as the Military Crisis Line there,” Contreras said. “We’re also going to put Eagle Eyes on the app.”
Family resource agencies, such as key spouses or the child development center, can manage their part of the app and update information as needed.
“This app is developing into more of a one-stop-shop for our Airmen, and now that the 50th Space Wing is on it, it is even more useful to us,” Ryan said. “From notifications, to medical information, PFT scores and news, it’s all there and it continues to grow.”
The app is currently available for download through iTunes and Google Play. Even though the app is geared toward Airmen, anyone can use it. For questions or comments about the Schriever AFB portion of the AF Connect app, contact Contreras at 719-567-3367.