The next step in news
By Capt. Joost Verduyn, 354th Fighter Wing Chief of Public Affairs
/ Published February 24, 2012
EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska -- Eielson Air Force Base didn't always have a paper.
Before the paper, announcements were made each night over the local radio. Then, in 1952, we took the next step forward in technology and printed a paper: The Mile 26 Post. The paper allowed us to share with everyone not only the news and announcements, as the radio had done, but also include pictures and designs, enhancing the enjoyment and hopefully catching the eye of all of you: our readers.
Since then, the paper has undergone many name changes, including the Eielson Times, The Goldpanner, the Arctic Sentry, and the one we are saying goodbye to today: the Polar Press. Under these different names the papers have continued to improve through technology, allowing for more clarity and easier readability.
As we take the next step to an Internet-based news service, I look forward to providing the same content online that we have provided to you through this newspaper. All the articles that run in this newspaper can be found at www.eielson.af.mil. On our Web site, you will also find the community briefs and Force Support Squadron information about activities and events on base.
I hope you will take the time to explore our Web site and all the information available there.
Through the Web site, we are able to get you information and news articles more quickly. This will keep our news timelier and give you a better understanding of what is happening on Eielson.
Just as the newspaper added pictures to the news, our Web site will be able to provide you video in addition to print stories and photos. This step forward allows you to find your Eielson news anywhere you go -- just look us up on your laptop, tablet or smart phone.
As a public affairs officer, I don't see this as the passing of an era; I see this as a way to better serve you, our customers.
My public affairs staff of journalists, photographers and broadcasters has worked hard to create a Web site that you will find both useful and entertaining. While we look back with fond memories of the Polar Press, we hope you will join us in looking forward to a more accessible news source, our Web site.
I hope you have enjoyed the Polar Press as much as my office and I have enjoyed bringing you your news.
Don't forget to check out www.eielson.af.mil.