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Ah, I love a coordinated IO campaign.

 Too bad the DoD doesn't have one.

From the inbox, "A Message about Army Knowledge Online from LTG Howard B. Bromberg"

Who wishes me to know:
"As you likely have heard, the Army is making significant changes to Army Knowledge Online (AKO). While this effort is extremely important to improving the security of the Army's network and information, we understand that this decision impacts retired Soldiers, surviving spouses and family members. Members of your community have expressed concern about what is happening, and I, and all senior Army leaders, have heard you.

The Army greatly values our retired Soldiers and the people who supported them throughout their service to our country. We absolutely will not lose touch with our extended family; we are firmly committed to making sure that all Soldiers, past and present, and their loved ones stay informed and engaged. In the long run, we hope to create a closer and even more vibrant community.

We are developing solutions for our continued communications with retired Soldiers and their loved ones. We will keep you updated on our progress.

Once a Soldier, always a Soldier . . . a Soldier For Life! The Army will always honor the contributions and sacrifices of every man and woman who wore the uniform, and the families who served alongside them. Thank you for all you have done for our nation and our Army.

Please do not reply to this email. Replies will be sent to an unmonitored mailbox."

Heh.
"The Army greatly values our retired Soldiers and the people who supported them throughout their service to our country. We absolutely will not lose touch with our extended family; we are firmly committed to making sure that all Soldiers, past and present, and their loved ones stay informed and engaged. In the long run, we hope to create a closer and even more vibrant community."

As long as you die young after retiring, get your healthcare elsewhere, get your food at a Wal-Mart Supercenter, and otherwise don't require anything other than feelgood messages.

Oh, and don't bother with feedback, we're not listening.

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Sitting in my battalion commander's hooch in DaNang helping him drain a bottle of Scotch following my change of command and just before my departure from that scenic place, he offered me some free advice:

You can love the Army all you want, but it ain't never gonna love you back.

That's just the way it is. Sad, but I have'nt been to AKO in several years and my only contact with the official Army is to go to the DFAS website once a year to get my 1099-R. Got used to being called Mister instead of by the rank indicated on my commission long ago.
 
I recently made the forced transition to a Defense Self Service account when AKO went CAC only.  DSS provides a way in to some of the really critical things like access to DFAS and TRICARE user pages, but it sure doesn't provide the  'finger on the pulse' sense of connectedness that AKO did.  Not that I did it often, but it was nice to be able to conveniently check out the latest version of a reg or FM to gauge the current directions and trends, and see the announcements that someone thought were important enough to broadcast to the whole Army.  I'll also miss the AKO email directory.  It was really handy for re-connecting with old colleagues from however many assignments back.