New GeoNorth Site Features ‘A Soldier’s Quest’
Anchorage, Alaska - GeoNorth, LLC, an Information Technology solutions provider headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska, has just completed the new website www.armymountaineering.com featuring Ft. Richardson's Army Staff Sergeant Trevor Jones. The new site, titled 'Seven Summits; A Soldier's Quest', entails one local man's efforts to assist those returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with challenges they did not face proir to deployment. Staff Sergeant Jones is attempting to reach the summits of the tallest peaks on each of the world's seven continents, and is doing so to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Wounded Warrior Project, headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, began when several individuals took small, inspired actions to help others in need. One night, while watching the evening news, a group of veterans and brothers were moved by the difficult stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq. They realized then and there that something needed to be done for these brave individuals and their families beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades. The resulting objective was to provide tangible support for the severly wounded and help them on the road to healing, both physically and mentally.
After reading about his quest, GeoNorth felt compelled to support Staff Sergeant Jones by building a state-of-the-art website to help him get his message out. The purpose of the site is to convey his intent, chronicle his journey, raise funds and awareness to support The Wounded Warrior Project, and to raise the funds required for the effort itself.
GeoNorth was able to utilize the Drupal Content Management System as a solution to satisfy all of Staff Sergeant Jones' requirements. Drupal is a widely popular solution because it provides a powerful, scalable, low cost/high value, easy-to-use solution to manage and grow an Internet presence. Drupal is open-source technology, meaning the code is freely available to anyone to use and modify. Drupal provides the perfect balance of abstraction where content is easily managed yet at the same time, developers, such as those at GeoNorth, can easily customize it to meet the needs of any organization. The need to provide maps to plot the locations of each summit was met by incorporating a popular Drupal module (of which there are thousands) to access the Google Maps API.
The Mission of Wounded Warrior Project is to honor and empower wounded warriors. Their purpose:
- To raise awareness and enlist the public's aid for the needs of severly injured service men and women.
- To help severly injured service members aid and assist each other, and
- To provide unique, direct programs and services to meet the needs of severly injured service members.
Wounded Warriors is a nationwide, non-profit organization.
GeoNorth, LLC, established in 1994 and located at 1000 O'Malley, is an Information Technology solutions provider specializing in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Database Management, and Web Design and Development applications. The company also has a second location in Portland, Oregon. For more information, please visit us at www.geonorth.com or by searching 'GeoNorth' on Facebook. Bob Johnson, Sales and Marketing Manager, may be reached directly by calling (907) 646-4535. Jarod Bishop in our Portland Sales office, can be reached directly at (907) 646-3264.