by Staff Sgt. Raymond Hoy
U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs
4/13/2011 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy has released a new app for iTunes and Android.
The app is a free download and is a one-stop-shop for Academy news, photos and videos on Android and iTunes enabled devices. It is the first official Air Force-related app released on either network.
"We're thrilled to be working in conjunction with Academy Admissions to get this app out," said Lt. Col. John Bryan, director of Academy Public Affairs. "We worked really hard with Admissions and the developers to ensure we got something out that not only positively represents the Air Force and the Academy, but also something that's on par with apps from other big-name colleges."
Some highlights of the app include links to up-to-the-minute Academy news and sports stories. The app also includes photos which can be downloaded and set as the device's wallpaper. Other notables are Twitter and YouTube feeds, polls, admissions information and calendars. There is also a 'share' button allowing users to recommend the app to friends.
A key interactive feature on the app is the ability to stream the Academy's radio station, KAFA. With the tap of a screen, users can listen to KAFA anywhere in the world with access to Wi-Fi or cellular service.
"The ability to get KAFA out to the masses is huge for us," Colonel Bryan said. "There are a lot of Academy grads out there serving all over the world. This enables them to stay in touch with the Academy no matter where they are."
Users wanting to access the KAFA portion of the app should know that section requires a lot of data and it is suggested that they listen while using a Wi-Fi signal.
Another selling point for the app, and the reason it was created in the first place, is the ability to get Admissions information. Students interested in attending the Academy can get on the app and search for Academy liaison officers in their region. There are also Admissions' checklists for applicants, appointees and candidates.
To download the app, search for "Air Force Academy" or "USAFA" in the Android Market or iTunes App Store. Users with a barcode scanner installed on their device can scan the codes below.