Army portal hits milestone
- By George I. Seffers
- Nov 30, 2000
Just 18 months after its inception, Army Knowledge Online recently reached
a major milestone when its 100,000th user logged on.
AKO (www.us.army.mil/) is the Army's Internet
portal that enables soldiers anywhere in the world to access Army information,
news, education and training opportunities, as well as knowledge centers
In addition to processing personnel applications and finding information
pertinent to military jobs, soldiers can communicate with families and peers
through AKO. Sgt. Dewayne Dodson, a mechanic serving in Bosnia with the
Army's 3rd Infantry Division, became the 100,000th AKO customer earlier
this month, according to the Army news service.
AKO is considered an important element in the Army's transformation
into an Information Age organization. It is recognized as an important tool
for recruiting computer-literate soldiers, and Army officials say its benefits
include significant cost savings and greater efficiency.
"We're creating an integrated, personalized intranet capability for
the Army enterprise that is better than anything they have at home or in
the commercial marketplace," said Miriam Browning, the Army's director of
information management. "Not only is AKO the one stop for Army information including a career lifetime e-mail address, customizable portal and online
transaction-processing capabilities but AKO is also accessible to its
customers anywhere in the world."