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Facebook offers virtual face time with Air Guard director
Facebook offers virtual face time with Air Guard director
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Facebook offers virtual face time with Air Guard director

Posted 11/22/2010   Updated 11/22/2010 Email story   Print story


by Army Staff Sgt. Jim Greenhill
National Guard Bureau

11/22/2010 - WASHINGTON, (11/15/11) -- Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry Wyatt joined the small but growing ranks of Defense Department leaders on Facebook today.

The director of the Air National Guard took a virtual seat alongside other senior defense leaders, such as Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Gen. Ray Odierno, commanding general of Joint Forces Command, with a Facebook page that went live today.

"With a half-billion active users worldwide, Facebook is an important forum to tell the Air National Guard story and connect with our customers," Wyatt said.

On Facebook, Wyatt can be found listed as Air National Guard Director. Those who fan the page will receive news about Air National Guard activities in the 54 states and territories and the District of Columbia.

A visit to the director's page finds still images, video and links to reports from individual Air National Guard states. The page follows Defense Department guidelines.

The department has embraced social media, and listings for hundreds of Defense Department-related sites on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube can be found at

Air Force Gen. Craig McKinley, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, the command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, are among National Guard leaders found on Twitter (check out @ChiefNGB and @ChiefMuncy.

"For more than 63 years, the Air National Guard has operated in all the realms of physical space - on the ground, in the air and in outer space," Wyatt said. "We also operate in all the dimensions of cyberspace.

"Our contributions to cyber security are among our most important missions there, but we also need to participate as members of the online community just as the National Guard does in 3,700 communities around the nation."

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