Navy Reserve Launches Next Phase of Forcewide Communication

Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Communicating with more than 100,000 Navy reservists and other key constituents worldwide has been a daunting task over the years. However, the commander of Navy Reserve Forces Command (CNRFC), launched 21st century technology June 25 to solve an age-old challenge. Reservists and others interested in the Navy Reserve Force can sign up for CNRFC’s list server for reserve-related information via e-mail. The list server, a computer server designed to automatically manage mailing lists with thousands of subscribers, will replace the current force e-mail distribution list (FEDL), which currently uses large distribution lists in the Microsoft Outlook program to send information to 8,000 recipients.

People can subscribe for up to 13 e-mail groups at The service is open to everyone. Topics include news, training and mobilization opportunities, benefits and family issues. Further, people can easily unsubscribe from any list whenever they choose. “The FEDL was a great tool when it was launched four years ago, but its popularity caused it to grow larger than we expected,” CNRFC director of Information Technology, Capt. Sam Sumwalt said. “We could send e-mails to many people, but it tied up our computers while a message was being sent. Also, subscribers really didn’t have the power to select what they wanted to receive. The list server allows people to pick and choose what is important to them.”

Communication remains the top challenge for the Navy Reserve Force, with members and stakeholders spread across the globe. “This is an important tool in maintaining combat readiness Navywide,” said CNRFC Rear Adm. Craig O. McDonald. “Our Sailors, Navy civilians, families, employers and all others who have a stake in our Navy’s success must have timely information as we do our part in winning the global war on terror[ism]. This communication technology does that effectively and efficiently.” During the initial launch phase, messages will continue to be sent using the FEDL to ensure uninterrupted delivery. CNRFC staff expects to complete migration to the list server and end use of the FEDL by Aug. 1.

By Lt. Adam Bashaw, Commander, Navy Reserve Forces Command Public Affairs

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