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NEWS | June 13, 2012

MyMC2: JB Charleston 1st joint base to go live

By Senior Airman Dennis Sloan Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Joint Base Charleston became the first joint base to go live with the My Military Communities Application, commonly known as MyMC2, June 12.

Developed by the 375th Communications Support Squadron web-application development team at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., the app links to Facebook pages, lists telephone numbers and pulls event listings from organizational Facebook pages that are officially associated with a base and consolidates them into one place.

"JB Charleston is now live and available to users within My Military Communities, which now has over 5,000 downloads in a little more than a month," said Airman 1st Class Jacob Beeman, 375th Communication Support Squadron web application development programmer.

Captain James Crawford, 375th CSPTS software engineering flight chief, explained that despite not having prior experience with developing apps for Android and Apple platforms, his team quickly taught themselves Java scripting using free online tutorials, and in just four weeks had the demo ready for the commander's approval.

MyMC2 is the first mobile application in the Air Force that will put a list of every event on base and put it in the palm of your hand. The app is free to download and is now available through both the Android Market and Apple's App Store.

To download the app, users may open their smartphones app store and search "My Military Communities" or "MyMC2"

Once downloaded, the app opens to a main page that lists the next five events available at each base. Users then have the option to narrow or expand their search by organizational or event type categories.

For example, if someone is interested in finding something to do this weekend with their family, they can simply choose the "Recreation" category, which will pull all of the upcoming events that fit that description. They may see that outdoor recreation is hosting a family day hike on Saturday and can then click on that event, which will give them a more detailed description, including time, location and a contact number. They can click a button and have the event automatically added to the calendar on their mobile phone, call the organization or open the organization's Facebook page or web-site right from the event posting. They can also touch a map icon which will open up the phone's native GPS app program for directions to the event.

The app was developed for Air Force and Department of Defense-wide use, so if a military member moves to a new base or travels somewhere for work, they can easily open the app and view the list of events for that base.

In addition to event listings in the app, there are two quick-call buttons on the home page that can be programmed to provide important numbers for the base to easily access. Airman Against Drunk Driving and the Sexual Assault Response Center number are the two numbers listed on the JB Charleston MyMC2 app.

All units and organizations on base are encouraged to link their official Facebook accounts to the JB Charleston, S.C., application. Contact the JB Charleston Public Affairs office at 963-5608 to receive MyMC2 training and sign a social media policy letter.

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