Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB) recently added contributions from the NSAB Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) Facebook page to its own to create one unified site for the command.
“The purpose of the page is basically to share information with those who interact with Naval Support Activity Bethesda,” said NSAB Public Affairs Officer Joseph Macri. “This could be people who work on the base, people who visit the base for MWR or shopping needs, or people who visit for medical appointments.”
The page, which can be found by searching ‘Naval Support Activity Bethesda” on Facebook, is mostly meant to pass information internally, though any visitors to the page are welcome, said Macri.
“Whether it’s information from the commander, MWR, emergency management, information on weather or closings – it’s all here in one place for them to find it,” he said. “We also post articles from the base paper and we can see what pulls a greater amount of interest. We usually receive very positive feedback, but we welcome any kind of feedback, whether positive or negative.”
The feedback that Facebook fosters is one of its best features, making the social media site a great resource for the command, said Macri.
“Facebook is a useful tool because of its immediacy. I can post and get information in very short order and receive direct feedback on our postings. This allows us to respond quickly and answer any questions that the community might have.”
The new NSAB Facebook page is meant to be a one-stop source of information for the base and all tenant commands, including the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, which has its own active Facebook following, said Macri.
Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s MWR Marketing Director Jenny Charlson said she hopes posting MWR content will bring more fun to the NSAB Facebook page.
“We have already begun to put up information on current events, including a Valentine’s Day murder mystery dinner show and Valentine balloon bouquet,” said Charlson.
She agrees that Facebook is a useful tool that can benefit the local community.
“Facebook is a great way to get the word out there about what is happening and what benefits are available for military families and DOD (Department of Defense) civilians on base.”
In addition to the Facebook posts, NSAB MWR plans on continuing to spread information through other electronic means, said Charlson.
“We are in the process of putting together a regular email newsletter, which will show what is happening in the next few weeks and provide links to information about these events, similar to the hospital’s Postmaster,” she said.
For more information about upcoming MWR events or to sign up for the upcoming newsletter, contact Charlson at Jenny.L.Charlson.firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-295-1046. For any inquiries or further information about the NSAB Facebook page, contact Macri at Joseph.A.Macri@health.mil or 301-295-1803.