USS Shiloh launches New Year’s Eve Text Message Program
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Crew members aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) received New Year’s Eve text messages from their leaders at 2300, Dec. 31.
This effort, the first of its kind at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY), was intended to wish Shiloh sailors warm New Year’s wishes and to remind them--at a crucial, late hour--to make responsible decisions and to provide them important contact information if they needed assistance. The program was a tremendous success, with most Shiloh sailors receiving the text message at 2300 on New Year’s Eve. While it is difficult to quantify the message’s contribution to the successful evening, the fact that there were no liberty incidents for the Shiloh crew is an indicator of positive results.
The message read, "Happy New Year's Shiloh Hornets! Congrats on an impressive 2016! We wish you a safe and fun celebration tonight. If you are drinking, DON'T drive. Make the responsible decision and call the CDO or taxi. Please look out for your 'shipmates', even if they're from another CTF70 command, and get them and yourselves home safely. You have worked so hard and deserve everything you've earned. The Shiloh Team needs you more than ever in 2017 and we are all looking forward to your safe return. Again, Happy New Year!"
Mr. Kurt Dunaway, N6 Systems Engineer at CFAY, led the effort to get this critical message out to the Shiloh crew on New Year’s Eve. He graciously input all valid phone numbers of the crew into the Emergency Operation Center’s (EOC) AtHoc Computer Desktop Notification System (CDNS). CDNS is a notification system that allows the installation to send immediate messages to service members and dependents. Shiloh sought to use this system to prevent emergencies and crises, to “get to the left” of challenges in the host nation that affect every command.
Dunaway commented on the utility of the message, “Not only was there a message of warning, but the text gave Shiloh sailors much needed contact information, so that, if they are in a bad situation, they can get help and avoid an international incident.”
Culinary Specialist 3rd class Vincent Weimer, of Redlands, California, received the text message while celebrating New Year’s Eve with friends. “The message was a great reminder to me that my command cares about my future and the decisions I make each day as a United States Sailor. It reminded me of who I am and what I stand for as an ambassador of the United States in Japan.”
Shiloh is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.
Example of USS Shiloh New Year’s Eve text message.