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New Web site primed for public debut

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Icemen can expect to see a new look on Eielson's public Web site beginning next week.

An Air Force plan to consolidate and standardize the appearance of its sites has finally reached bases in the Pacific Air Forces command, and Eielson is the first site in PACAF to go "live."

Eielson's migration to the new format began two weeks ago using the new Air Force Public Information Management System, or AFPIMS.

The AFPIMS gives content approval authorities the mechanisms for editing, approving or rejecting Web content, while administrative authorities are able to build Web pages, create content tabs, administer usernames and passwords, and control access to content.

"AFPIMS is very user friendly and allows us to instantly post news, photos and artwork to the Web site," said Senior Airman Justin Weaver, 354th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Web site manager. "The AFPIMS program also eliminates the requirement for Web-developing expertise. This gives content providers more time to focus on the content, and security and policy review of information they post to the Web."

Creating a standard template for Air Force Web sites was one of the main goals of the Air Force Public Web.

"AFPW also has standardized public Web site appearance across the Air Force by giving content providers one Web publishing tool, AFPIMS, for all to use," said Mr. Les Benito, chief of the AFPW Division at headquarters Air Force News Agency. "Having a standardized Web page format allows visitors to easily find what they are looking for, no matter which Air Force site they visit."

"AFPW streamlines Web content flow from base to major command to Headquarters Air Force. It has improved security and performance while decreasing infrastructure, manpower and operating costs," said Mr. Benito.

AFPW currently hosts 121 of the more than 250 active public Web sites that exist today. According to a 2006 cost analysis, the Air Force expects to save about $34 million annually in system administration costs alone once the system is fully implemented.

To log on to Eielson's new Web site, go to www.eielson.af.mil.