High-tech TV town hall focuses on readiness

| May 13, 2011 | 0 Comments

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii
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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The theme of Army readiness, with briefings on current programs and special events, will be the focus of the next TV town hall, here, 7 p.m., May 18, on installation channel TV2.

A live question-and-answer period utilizing social media will also be featured, and the scheduled 90-minute program can be accessed live, via streaming video.

The garrison command hopes this combination of topics and technology will fuel participation from the garrison community.

“This mix of social media and TV creates an ideal live and accessible town hall for nearly all members of our (USAG-HI) community,” said Col. Douglas Mulbury, commander, USAG-HI, and town hall host. “Our community will be able to watch and simultaneously respond with questions and observations.”

The first half of the town hall will feature briefs, including public education updates from the School Liaison Office; summer program updates from the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation; master resiliency training; and Army Community Service assistance information.

Featured briefs will also detail the opening of a new Warrior Ohana Medical Home Clinic in Kalaeloa, as well as seasonal readiness for hurricanes and the latest information on increased installation force protection measures.

The broadcast’s second segment provides an open forum for viewers with questions and comments. Viewers will have the ability to phone in their questions on two telephone lines dedicated to taking community questions and comments from 6-8 p.m. Many callers will be invited to voice their questions on the air, which Mulbury will address.

“We believe this next high-tech generation of the garrison town hall concept can continue to energize the town hall format,” Mulbury said.

The garrison’s social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, will be monitored for real-time questions and comments, which will be logged, vetted and sorted for broadcast priority.

“Members of the Public Affairs Office will be logging every query for a response,” said Dennis Drake, director, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii PAO.

Community members can also submit questions in advance through the “Ask the Commander” mailbox on the garrison website at www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.

The live broadcast on TV2 can be received throughout the garrison, as part of basic cable reception. The town hall will be rebroadcast throughout May and June, daily, at noon and 7 p.m.

“Our goal is to have our garrison Hawaii community recognize the power of this type of forum to address their questions and concerns,” Mulbury said, “and demonstrate our Army readiness.”

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