On any given day of the week, events take place that impact the lives of military service members and their loved ones. When it comes to issues and policies that lie close to the hearts of military personnel, it’s crucial to stay abreast of such developments as they unfold.
Twitter is a perfect source for up-to-date information on matters that impact the military. The following list examines some organizations and people who regularly tweet valuable information for anyone with ties to the defense sector.
1. Matthew Burden @Blackfive
As of June 2015, the top-ranked military blog at blogmetrics.org is Blacklove, run by Chicago-based military blogger and IT exec Mathew Burden. Averaging new entries every 12 to 36 hours, the blog covers a range of issues that affect military personnel, veterans, and their loved ones. Topics regularly covered in Blacklove include military safety, national security, in memoriams, and commemorations of past military glory. Recent entries in the blog have covered everything from marine leaps and cobra prep to book reviews and author interviews, including excerpts from a recent discussion with former CIA director Mike Morell. Burden tweets regularly to keep followers abreast of all the latest Blackfive updates.
2. Army ROTC @ArmyROTC
The Twitter account of the U.S. Army Cadet Command at Fort Knox, Ky. keeps followers abreast of news — both critical and entertaining — that pertains to college students who seek to be trained and educated in the skills, values, and responsibilities of Army life. Tweeting several times each day, @ArmyROTC announces updates to the Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) blog, which features stories about cadet testing, courage, foreign deployment, and more.
3. GoArmy @GoArmy
The U.S. Army Marketing and Research Group tweets every other hour about concerns that relate to Army life, with an overall message that encourages soldier morale. Any given number of tweets on a daily basis will contain images or video concerning American independence, community empowerment projects, cadet honors, war memorials, and topics of related interest, including team events with NHRA Drag Racing.
4. MC4 Army PAO @MC4army
The Medical Communications for Combat Casualty Care (MC4) program combines Army intelligence with today’s state-of-the-art medical technology to offer the best, most up-to-date medical treatment solutions for care facilities that operate in active military environments. The MC4 Twitter page regularly tweets links to news and information about military patient care and related concerns of both active and off-duty soldiers.
5. ArmyCSF2 @ArmyCSF2
The purpose of the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness (CSF2) organization is to help active and off-duty Army personnel and their families develop and maintain optimal physical health. In order to accomplish this goal, the CSF2 offers guidance, instruction, and self-help methods that equip soldiers and their loved ones with ways to successfully handle challenges, deal with stress, perform to the best of their abilities, and accomplish the most in life.
6. ARCIC @AdaptingTheArmy
The Army Capabilities Integration Center (ARCIC) examines concepts for Army development and — by building on ideas and skill sets that pertain to this goal — incorporates workable solutions into the key areas of military intelligence: doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership, education, personnel, and facilities. Furthermore, ARCIC corresponds with federal, private, and military stakeholders to make sure that Army innovation remains a top priority of the U.S. government.
7. U.S. Army Africa @USArmyAfrica
The goal of the Twitter page for the U.S. Army Africa/Southern European Task Force (USARAF/SETAF), a cooperative effort between U.S. and African Army forces, is to maintain stability and prevent threats towards peace throughout the African continent. USARAF/SETAF is an internationally revered operation that has long been praised for its success in accomplishing positive results in the sometimes troubled regions of Africa.
8. U.S. Army Fort Lee @ArmyFortLee
This is the Twitter page for the U.S. Army’s home of logistics. The vision of Fort Lee is to better the living standard for military personnel and their loved ones through improved facilities, infrastructure, and services. To that end, Fort Lee seeks to foster leaders of the future with coaching and mentorship, all with the intent of instilling bravery and readiness in the people who serve.
9. Military OneSource @Military1Source
A program funded by the Department of Defense, Military OneSource offers informational media on a full range of topics concerning military life — all free of charge — for active and off-duty service members and their loved ones. The info covers everything from employment, education, and deployment to relationships, parenting, and grief. Military OneSource provides both policy information as well as articles and help guides on all conceivable topics about the lives of service people. The program’s Twitter feed keeps followers regularly abreast of the latest information on these matters.
10. USAA @USAA
Founded in 1922 by 25 Army officers in need of vehicle insurance, the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) prides itself on service and loyalty to active and former service people and their families. The USAA helps members by offering support and guidance in the financial areas of life, such as insurance, retirement, and banking. Joining is free, and they offer additional benefits to active and deployed military personnel.
11. Military Times @MilitaryTimes
Members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines, as well as their loved ones, rely on the Military Times for news on issues that impact the lives and careers of service people. Every week, the magazine offers partisan-free reporting on a vast range of topics relevant to military life, such as healthcare, financial matters, education, products, certifications, and a whole lot more. Follow the magazine on Twitter to stay up-to-date on these and other topics.
12. RecruitMilitary @RecruitMilitary
RecruitMilitary is a U.S. recruiting firm that serves the needs of active service people as they prepare to make the transition back to civilian life. Through a combination of online and offline networking, the firm connects veterans with schools and employers to help ensure that jobs await anyone who approaches the workforce after serving their country. RecruitMilitary offers its services free-of-charge to anyone who has served in the military, regardless of rank or branch, including anyone who has been in the National Guard.
13. MilitaryHealthSystem @MilitaryHealth
Out on the battlefront, a soldier’s life can often depend on proper, immediate medical treatment. The Military Health System (MHS) ensures that medical specialists in the Army, Air Force, and Navy are properly trained and equipped to handle emergency situations in combat settings around the world. With its commitment to medical education, research, and delivery, the MHS has transformed the way that healthcare is provided to U.S. soldiers everywhere.
14. MOAA @MilitaryOfficer
The Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization that favors robust national defense and initiatives designed to help service members and their loved ones. Members of the MOAA include active military personnel, veterans, and warrant officers. Supporters of the MOAA mission can stay informed on issues relating to its cause by following the organization on Twitter.
15. The American Legion @AmericanLegion
Initiated in 1919 by Congress, the American Legion has long been dedicated to helping veterans and mentoring young people in communities throughout the United States. The organization promotes patriotism, robust national defense, and loyalty to active and former military personnel. The American Legion is run by members and driven by volunteers — all of these individuals are bound by a commitment to serve communities nationwide.
16. Noah Galloway @Noah_Galloway
Noah Galloway is a veteran of the U.S. Army who served in the Iraq War, where he was critically injured in a 2005 IED attack that severed his left forearm. Following a lengthy rehabilitation, he pursued a new career in modeling, which has led to endorsement deals for Kenneth Cole fragrance products and a Nov. 2014 Men’s Health magazine cover. He’s perhaps best known as a season-20 contestant on “Dancing With the Stars,” in which he placed third. Galloway boasts 39.7k followers on Twitter, where he tweets about everything from sports and combat to social events and family life.
17. BG Tammy Smith @BG_SmithT
Tammy Smith is an Afghanistan War veteran who has held the position of Brigadier General of the U.S. Army since 2012. She has been awarded with various medals and badges during her decorated career, including the Bronze Star Medal, Legion of Merit Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Senior Parachutist Badge, and Parachute Rigger Badge. Following the repeal of DOMA, she married her longtime partner, Tracey Hepner, in a 2012 D.C. ceremony.
18. Lance Bacon @military_scoop
As an eight-year Marine vet with an extensive resume in the realm of military publishing, Lance M. Bacon has vast knowledge in the armed services. He currently serves as senior staff writer for Navy Times, having previously held the same position at Army Times, as well as an editorial stint at the Air Force Times. On Twitter, followers are kept up-to-date on his publishing activities.
19. Navy Times @NavyTimes
For Navy personnel and their loved ones, the Navy Times has long been relied upon as an unbiased source for news pertaining to the lives of active and off-duty sailors. Published weekly by Gannett Government Media, Navy Times reports on a range of issues that impact the defense sector, including financial services, benefits, education, and healthcare. From time to time, the magazine also offers guidance for helping departing service personnel transition to civilian life.
20. Andrew deGrandpre @adegrandpre
As senior editor for the Military Times group of publications, Andrew deGrandpre oversees the development of content and the breaking news for the following magazines: Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times, and Marine Corps Times. A specialist on national security for more than a decade, deGrandpre is especially knowledgeable in all matters pertaining to the Marines, of which he spearheaded a media investigation into alleged corruption involving a Joint Chiefs of Staff member. Follow him on Twitter for regular updates of his activities on the military news front.
21. Bryan Battaglia @SEAC_Battaglia
Since October 2011, Bryan B. Battaglia has served as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A veteran of both the Gulf War and the Iraq War, the New Orleans native has commanded the II Marine Expeditionary Force (FWD) Multi-National Force West, the 2nd Marine Division, and the 8th Marine Regiment. His 6.6k Twitter followers are kept abreast regularly of news and events in the lives of officers and their families.
22. Jonathan W. Greenert @CNOGreenert
An Admiral of the U.S. Navy, Jonathan William Greenert has served as the 30th Chief of Naval Operations since Sept. 23, 2011. Before his current position, he commanded the U.S. Seventh Fleet (2004-06) and the U.S. Fleet Forces Command (2007-09). Between those roles, he served as Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources. He’s earned at least two dozen decorations over the course of his career, including the Legion of Merit, the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, and the Korea Defense Service Medal. On Twitter, he regularly tweets about naval issues to his 7.8k followers.
23. Admiral Paul Zukunft @ADMZukunft
An Admiral of the U.S. Coast Guard, Paul F. Zukunft has served as the 25th Commandant of the Coast Guard since May 2014. Previously, he commanded all Coast Guard assignments spanning the U.S. West Coast to East Africa. Decorations that he has earned over his years of service include the Bicentennial Unit Commendation Ribbon, the Homeland Security Distinguished Service Ribbon, and the USA – CG PUC Hurricane Katrina Ribbon. He tweets regularly about Coast Guard news, speeches, and special events to his 2.8k followers.
24. ScoutComms @ScoutComms
ScoutComms, Inc. is a revered D.C.-based organization dedicated to philanthropy on behalf of American military families and veterans. Through a combination of alliances and initiatives, the organization strives to help service people and their loved ones benefit from an expanded range of financial and social resources. The stated goal of ScoutComms is to raise societal awareness toward the economic and social needs of active and former service people across the U.S., and supporters can stay informed of these developments via Twitter.
25. GEN Martin Dempsey @Martin_Dempsey
An Army general and veteran of both the Persian Gulf War and Iraq War, Martin Edward Dempsey currently serves as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, which makes him the highest-ranking officer in the U.S. military. Earlier roles include Acting Commander and Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command, and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command and the Multi-National Security Transition Command. His Twitter page has 59k followers, for whom he often tweets about issues and political developments that impact the lives of service people and civilians.