RESERVE E-MAIL SYSTEM: The Navy Reserve has brought a new e-mail system online that organizers hope will make it easier to communicate with reservists in the fleet. Lt. Adam Bashaw, spokesman for the Navy Reserve, said the new system allows reservists or anyone else with an interest in the workings of the Navy Reserve to access daily messages, media stories about the Navy Reserve or read other items of interest. Subscribers can also opt out of any category that does not interest them (something that the current Navy Reserve e-mail system does not allow) and can end their subscription whenever they wish. The system became operational 22 Jun 07. Navy Reserve officials hope that as many as 20,000 people will sign up, Bashaw said. An older Navy Reserve e-mail system has about 8,000 subscribers. Such a system is especially important for reservists because many are deployed around the world, and many of those are not in daily contact with their commands, he said. The new system should improve such communications during emergencies since it also has an emergency distribution list, which enables Navy Reserve officials to quickly reach reservists. Text messaging was often the most effective way for the Navy Reserve Forces Command to communicate with its sailors in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina hit the New Orleans area, where the command is based. Subscription to the e-mail system is voluntary, but the Navy Reserve wants as many members as it can get to sign up.
People interested in subscribing should visit https://listserv.navyreserve.navy.mil
[Source: NavyTimes article 27 Jun 07]