• New app puts fort info at fingertips

  • Phone numbers. Housing updates. Customer comments. Pothole reports. All of these things and more are now available at the push of a button with the new Fort Leavenworth app available free for Android and iPhone.

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    Phone numbers. Housing updates. Customer comments. Pothole reports.
    All of these things and more are now available at the push of a button with the new Fort Leavenworth app available free for Android and iPhone.
    “Our app is just links to stuff that is already out there on different websites,” said George Marcec, Garrison Public Affairs operations officer. “It is just a bridge for people that would rather use their smart phone to look up numbers or go to websites. … It gives them another avenue to get to our stuff.”
    Marcec said the idea for the app came about when Heidi Malarchik, deputy to the Garrison commander, first arrived from Stuttgart, Germany, and told him about the Stuttgart Garrison’s plans to create an app through AppMachine.
    “The Stuttgart Garrison was working on an app, and they had purchased a subscription to this app-building website. They had many licenses under their subscription, so they had offered the idea to other people in the Army saying, ‘We have x amount, you can piggyback with us,’” Marcec said. “They gave us our own part of the subscription, and they even had their template, so we just took their template, filled it in with our information, and they helped us get through the process, too.
    “A lot of different agencies are trying different things,” he said. “We just went with this one because it was already working for another garrison, and it saved us a lot of time.
    “The nice thing, too, is the Stuttgart folks did a lot of the homework and decided what would fit best for our kind of organizations, so it was really all on them because they looked at our particular app-builder subscription,” he added.
    The app is a one-time download with no need to download updates every few weeks, Marcec said.
    “The customer doesn’t have to do anything when we update our app,” he said. “It just somehow seamlessly goes through the app-builder, through the stores and just updates itself, so that was a consideration because some of the other Army apps that are out there are a little more clunky than this one. We just fell in and got lucky (with Stuttgart).”
    Marcec said it was a nearly free process, too.
    “The Stuttgart Garrison paid for the subscription, and Apple let us publish in their Apple store for free because we’re a government agency,” he said. “Then, Google Play only charged us $25.”
    Currently, the app has links to emergency phone numbers, a phone directory of Fort Leavenworth, phone numbers to make appointments for various post organizations, service organizations such as Army Community Service and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, the Fort Leavenworth Lamp, the Commissary, Unified School District 207 and more.
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    “Pretty much anything people would need to know about our community, this is a shortcut to that,” Marcec said. “It makes it easier for them.”
    Marcec said he hopes the app will inspire organizations to continue to put out their best product.
    “We’re always finding tweaks because our app is only as good as what we link to,” he said. “But with just a couple touches of an icon, (customers) will get the same information we put out to everybody else every day.”
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