Community members and residents will now be able to have installation information and phone numbers at the tip of their hands.
The MARCOA publishing company, which prints the installation post guides, has developed a free app for customers. The app consolidates the information found in the post guide, phone numbers and reference information, and provides the same information on the app.
“It is a mobile smart phone version of all base information for newcomers, primarily,” Breedlove said. “The whole idea behind it is to make it very useful.”
The app has been in the development stages for the past year and a half and has just recently been released to the public. Any individual with a smart phone can download the app. Once downloaded, the app will prompt you to choose White Sands as your closest installation based on your location. The app is DoD wide and will update your location once the location on your phone changes. Once White Sands is chosen the app will provide phone numbers for organizations throughout the installations and a brief summary of the installation.
“You can get any of the commonly called numbers (on the installation),” said Joseph Breedlove, project manager at MARCOA. “It’s just a consolidated way to get any of that important information.”
If military families PCS, or civilian contractors get reassigned, or civilians go on temporary duty assignments, the app will prompt you to update the installation and provide the information for your new area.
“It’s pretty handy for a lot of different categories and personnel. There’s a lot of ways it’s used,” Breedlove said.
The app will also provide weather information and information on the nearest gas station when off post. The program also provides an “Around Town” category where military families can shop around through locations that are military friendly, when it comes to military insurances or flexible leases, and offer military discounts. Breedlove said the same companies that advertise in the hard copy of the post guide are found in the “Around Town” category and advertise with the company because of their military friendly practices.