Fort Wayne veteran creates app to help military


FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – A Fort Wayne veteran who has served on three tours in Iraq and Afganistan created an app to protect soldiers in the field.

Jonathan Springer says during his final tour in the Pech River Valley of Afghanistan in 2010, two men he fought alongside were killed by enemy fire.

Not knowing if he would make it out of his tour alive, he began working on a navigation app to help keep his fellow soldiers alive.

Tactical Nav helps soldiers map out and track enemy movements.

“It allows you to use the app to locate any location anywhere in the world within 1-5 meters, which is very accurate when you’re asking people to call in artillery strikes, or say you’re talking to a pilot, and you need ammunitions because you’re taking fire for instance,” Springer said.

Right now the app is available on the iPhone, and Springer hopes it could be on Android in the future.

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall

Kayla Crandall is an Emmy award-winning journalist. She serves as the Social Media and Digital Content Manager at WPTA. Follow her on Twitter @KaylerJayne.

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