The U.S. Air Force saw a surge of Facebook growth --an increase of 7.2 percent from April.
It is the largest increase the Air Force has experienced since the March 2012 surge; where it registered an impressive 140,000 plus boost of Facebook fans.
This despite a rocky month for the Air Force, which struggled to remain visible, the Department’s official Facebook account has been steadily gaining Facebook fans, leading to the impressive numbers seen, making it this week’s military department leader for social media growth.
The growth has also been steady on Twitter. As of May 1, the Air Force clocked recorded 91,964 fans on the social network service--for at total growth of 6.9 percent between April 2nd and May 2nd.
The recent spike in social media growth comes on the heels of a $156 million contract awarded to Lockheed Martin by the Department of Defense. The contractor--which manufactures planes, weapons equipment and other devices for the Air Force--will be responsible for building new training devices for aircrews and maintenance personnel. The new devices will be delivered to military bases in New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, as well as the Air Force's base in Ramstein, Germany.
The announcement has been a boon for Lockheed Martin's Twitter account as well, which has garnered over 24,000 followers since its inception.
The jump in social media fans is the first good news for the Air Force since ABC News reported that cadres of airmen and pilots have protested the new F-22 Joint Strike Fighter, citing the jet's oxygen deficit problems as a major concern.