Rusty Dennen covers military affairs and the environment for The Free Lance-Star. .
An app for Fort A.P. Hill
The Army has launched a new app for what’s happening at Fort A.P. Hill. Here’s some of the topics, according to a press release: chow, shopping, the post directory, attractions, recreation (hunting, fishing and gyms on post), training, and a calendar of events. In addition, a news section features top stories via the installation’s website, Fort A.P. Hill blog, YouTube, Twitter feeds, and on the post’s and Army Flickr feeds. Also useful for neighbors: The fort can post pop-up messages to include noise advisories about upcoming training activities, prescribed burn notices, weather advisories, or other news and information. In addition, a service request module allows those on post to send requests to the Directorate of Public Works for immediate help.
Soldiers training on the 76,000-acre base, which straddles Caroline and Essex counties, can use the application to find walking and running trails, fishing locations, and other outdoor activities. It will also help them locate frequently visited spots such as fitness centers and the Downtime Zone. It’s available on Apple’s iTunes store; and by scanning a quick response code here. It should be available for Android devices in about two weeks, officials say.