South Korea bases create YouTube video blogs
August 11, 2008
SEOUL — U.S. Army garrisons in South Korea are bringing their stories to the world through the Internet.
The garrisons, which belong to Installation Management Command-Korea, are broadcasting videos about life on their installations via their own YouTube.com channels.
Officials began developing the channels, which are dedicated pages on the popular video-sharing Internet site, in early July when they posted the first one for IMCOM-K.
U.S. Army garrisons Yongsan, Humphreys and Daegu followed, and a Red Cloud channel went online Thursday.
Videos on the channels are a combination of locally produced products, American Forces Network stories and Soldiers’ Media Center content, said IMCOM-K spokesman Ed Johnson.
Johnson said the pages were initiated to follow guidance Army spokespeople received during a May conference, when they were told they should try to embrace "emerging media" on the Internet.
"The cool thing is that it doesn’t cost anything, and we can reach a lot of newcomers," Johnson said, adding that before the channels were created, finding online information about the military community in South Korea could be difficult.
Johnson said the IMCOM-K channel has received more than 2,600 viewers.
While the channels are intended for anyone who wants to view them, Johnson said, they have to be viewed from private or commercial computers because YouTube is blocked on most Department of Defense computers.