Pearl Harbor-Hickam (NNS) -- The new Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) Historic Sites app for iPhone and iPad was released officially Nov. 30 after two weeks of online evaluation.
The JBPHH Historic Sites app allows users to pull up information about various points of interest around the base, including vintage photographs, historical data and more.
The launch of the new app is particularly timely with the commemoration of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor next week.
Capt. Jeffrey James, commander, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is enthusiastic about the new app.
"This app is a way for anyone to learn more about our historic and strategic base," James said.
"As the Department of Defense rebalances to Asia-Pacific, we are the focal point here for the Navy and Air Force in Hawaii. I encourage everyone who can to learn more about Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The new history app is a great tool," James said.
The app has hundreds of photos and pages of information about the Navy and early Air Corps and Air Force presence in Hawaii. It will be periodically updated as new discoveries of information are made.
James talked about the importance of communication and its evolution in the military.
"From Morse code to cyber communication, cannonballs to cruise missiles, the military has found new and powerful ways to get the message out. Whether in energy, warfighting or communication-including communicating history-we are committed to being on the cutting edge of science and technology," he said.
"As Rear Adm. Frank Ponds has said, 'Here in Hawaii, we embrace innovation while preserving history and maintaining force readiness.' This app is a good example of how we're moving forward in preserving and sharing history through innovation and new technologies," James continued.
Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, recently had the opportunity to try the new app with Jim Neuman, Navy Region Hawaii historian. Neuman showed Ponds how the app worked and explained its potential.
"Commander Navy Region Hawaii is committed to preserving history through innovation and new technologies, and the new Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam history app will provide a guide to learn more about the rich history of the base," Neuman said.
Ponds was impressed with the new history app.
"This helps move history forward," he said. "It will make our past readily available in the future."
After the demonstration, Ponds loaded he app to his iPad.
The Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam Historic Sites app for iPhone and iPad is available for free on iTunes. It is a 200 megabyte file.
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