Naval Support Activity Bethesda’s (NSAB) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) department launched a free application (app) for mobile devices March 20.
Available for Android devices, iPhones and iPads, the app aims to be a tool for users on-the-go to receive communications regarding NSAB events and pertinent news, among other important information.
The app, called “NSAB Mobile,” was designed by MWR Marketing Coordinator Edward Kenny as a mobile tool for everyone on base, including every tenant command to send or receive information, directions and other news about the NSAB campus, said Kenny.
“It’s like a mobile directory that has command and tenant command information, events postings, dining information as well as parking listings, color-coded based on the campus map that can link up with your GPS direction finder to locate a lot or building,” said Kenny.
MWR Marketing Director Jenny Charlson helped initiate the launch of the app as a way to bring the entire base together under one centralized media outlet.
“NSAB Mobile contains a way that the entire base can become a little smaller and more localized,” said Charlson. “There are many different tenants and several people running different departments. This is one source that can pull all of that information together in an easy-to-use shell. It brings NSAB together as a base because everybody is using one source to find out what they need to know. In a sense it’s a one stop shop.”
The app has many useful pages that users can view to gather information on gate opening and closings, recreational outlets, shopping opportunities and job listings within the Naval District Washington (NDW) region.
“[NSAB Mobile] can also tie back with certain existing social media that we have out there and the Commander, Navy Installations Command website,” said Kenny. “This app is more of an easily updated, interactive tool to many different information sources.”
If any tenant command onboard NSAB needs information about their mission, events or news regarding their staff put out, the head of the command or selected point of contact would simply communicate with Ed Kenny to have that information put on the app.
NSAB Mobile is also a useful tool to put out vital/emergency information regarding the base.
“If the base needed to put out any urgent information, it will send notifications like any other app,” said Charlson. “The information would have to be sent through a security manager and forwarded to Ed Kenny to make sure everyone who has downloaded the app is up-to-date on what is happening on base.”
NSAB Mobile is the first base-wide app of its kind within the NDW region said Kenny.
“We are trying to keep up with the digital age since it seems everyone is using their mobile device for many of their daily tasks.”
Any staff, patients or visitors to NSAB are encouraged to download the app. Simply use keywords such as Naval Support Activity Bethesda, NSAB Mobile or NSAB when searching for the app in your dedicated app downloader.
“The possibilities are endless,” said Charlson. “I would encourage anyone that works, visits or is a patient onboard NSAB to download the app. It’s free!”
To have any information placed on the NSAB Mobile app contact Ed Kenny at Edward.Kenny@med.navy.mil. For more information about the app contact Jenny Charlson at Jenny.Charlson@med.navy.mil.