USS Essex (lhd2) 

Essex Sailors ‘take notice’ with new messaging system 
By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Nathan Lang 
The crew of amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) has a new way to stay informed any time of the day or night. The Take Notice Network (TNN), originally created by the Essex Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Awareness (DAPA) team and the ship’s information systems technicians, is a way to get news and information to Sailors in real-time.

“This network is a voluntary system that sends command information to sailors that sign up for it,” said Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Kyle Cribbs.

The command DAPA team wanted a way to get information out to the Sailors other than just giving speeches during training time and came up with the idea of a mass messaging system. The information systems technicians made their plan a reality and created the TNN.

Essex Sailors who sign up for the TNN receive messages about the command Drug and Alcohol Program Awareness (DAPA), Sexual Assault Prevention Response (SAPR), Morale Welfare and Recreation (MWR), fitness and major civilian events in the area. Also the TNN will be used in emergency situations to keep Sailors and their families informed with updates, recalls or resources.

“This network isn’t designed to hammer down information about alcohol and drugs,” said Essex Command Master Chief Gary Mendus. “This was designed to inform Sailors, not only about events the command is putting on and other non-military activities happening in the San Diego but also important information that can benefit our Sailors and their families.”

Mendus said that there are many resources available as well as non-military events happening off base that Sailors are unaware of.

“The TNN helped me out during the 4th of July weekend,” Said Intellegence Specialist 3rd Class Jay Wynn. “I got the message about a fireworks show going on at San Diego Bay with a buffet of food that I was able to enjoy with some of my friends.”

Essex Sailors can sign up for the TNN by going to the ship’s network support office and requesting to be added to the mass messaging system.
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