MCPON Web site Revamped and Ready

Thursday, April 05, 2007
DirectLine, the Web site owned and operated by Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (SW/FMF) Joe R. Campa Jr., has undergone a six-month renovation project and is now open for viewing. “I’ve been stressing active communication as one of our Guiding Principles,” said Campa. “DirectLine wasn’t conducive to that, so we ramped it up.” Chief Information Technician (SW/AW) Bruce Allen, MCPON communications chief, said the new site’s most significant upgrade is the opportunities it offers users to communicate with one another and the MCPON. The Web address for DirectLine remains the same, www.directline.navy.mil and registration is required. Unlike the previous version, CAC (Common Access Cards) are not required for log-on or access.

“We’ve increased the forum capabilities so that every chief in the Navy has the access they need to interact with one another in a message board format,” said Allen. “Also, MCPON can communicate directly with registered users through the Web site via individual e-mail or group e-mails.” DirectLine began as “The Word” in 1976, when MCPON Bob Walker designed it as a newsletter he sent monthly to command master chiefs and chiefs of the boats. The name changed in 1979 and the paper medium continued for more than 20 years until the cost of producing and distributing it on that scale became prohibitive. MCPON Jim Herdt re-introduced DirectLine as a Web site in 2001.

The site had been under-utilized in recent years, though. The focus had shifted to its capability as a means to request retirement certificates -- which is still available on the new version -- rather than an avenue for communication and discussion internal to the chiefs community. The latest renovation to the site makes interaction easier. Message boards are already fully capable and available on a tiered basis to all CPO’s, command master chiefs and members of the MCPON Leadership Mess. A section is being developed that would allow any Sailor the opportunity to forward the MCPON a message or question directly.

“We’re still ironing that out. I want Sailors to have an open door, of sorts. But I also want to stress that most issues, if not all, can be handled on the deckplate or by their chain of command. I don’t want to subvert that process.”

By Senior Chief Mass Communications Specialist (SW/AW) Bill Houlihan, MCPON Public Affairs Chief

Maritime Reporter November 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Navy

NRL Researchers Demo Ship-to-Shore Data Link

Scientists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) along with Mercury Continuity (MC) have demonstrated the Tactical Reachback Extended Communications (TREC) system in the port of Miami.

NASSCO Opens Bremerton Repair Facility

General Dynamics NASSCO celebrated the grand opening of its new location in Bremerton, Wash., yesterday. The facility will support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.

NASSCO Opens New Facility for Naval Repair

General Dynamics NASSCO opened a new location yesterday in Bremerton, Wash. to support the company’s recently-awarded contract to repair and maintain U.S. Navy

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1961 sec (5 req/sec)