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NEWS | Aug. 24, 2006

Charleston AFB launches new Web site

By Air Force Print News

Charleston AFB launched its new public Web site recently, following an Air Force plan to consolidate all Web content and standardize the appearance of its public sites worldwide. 

The base joins Air Mobility Command who launched a similar site recently as part of the Air Force Public Web program, or AFPW. 

"This gives a very dynamic Web site that is very user friendly and informative," said Capt. Christopher Moore, Charleston AFB Web site manager.
"However, while there are limits on what type of information we can post on our Web site, we'll do our best to ensure we publish the most pertinent information for our audience, the general public," Captain Moore said. 

A Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs initiative, AFPW centralizes Web content and establishes a global network for all of the service's public sites, including those originating at major commands, wings and specialty organizations like the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. 

The AFPW program is the logical solution to aesthetic and security concerns Air Force Web sites face today said Les Benito, chief of the Air Force Public Web Division at headquarters Air Force News Agency. 

"Many organizations continue to work independently, producing a sizeable network of sites that vary considerably in appearance and content," Mr. Benito said. "There is no consistency from one site to the next." 

A work in progress for several months, the new site will ensure people can read about Charleston AFB happenings.
"As the newspaper comes out on Fridays, we're updating the Web site to ensure the most recent news is available," said Senior Airman Alice Moore, 437 Public Affairs Airlift Dispatch editor. "The new site is easier to navigate and people will be able to read the latest headlines as long as they have access to the Internet." 

The backbone of the AFPW program is a content management tool called the Air Force Public Information Management System, or AFPIMS. It is designed to assist Web site managers with content creation and publishing tasks by allowing users to upload content into predetermined templates. (437 AW Public Affairs contributed to this article)