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E-Osan: Osan public Web site gets new look

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- "I put a dollar in one of those change machines," George Carlin once said. "Nothing changed."

Well, it wasn't a dollar, but after weeks of entering information ranging from news stories to Space-A FAQs, Osan Air Base's public Web site has changed.

Across the Air Force, base Web sites are changing their format to reflect Air Force Link. This gives the sites uniformity, making it easier for public users to navigate through the pages. It also falls in line with Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century.

"Before this change, each unit had webmasters dedicated to updating their pages while public affairs did information security checks on the live site," said Lt. Col. Michael Shavers, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs chief. "With the new system, PA is able to review all information before it goes on the Web."

This saves manpower at unit levels, as well as creates a consistent look and feel through all Web pages, since one office runs the entire site.

Users at Osan will notice some changes in content, but there are still links to sites like AAFES and the Retiree Activities Office. The main change people will notice is the emphasis on current Osan news. Visitors to www.osan.af.mil can still find electronic copies of the MiG Alley Flyer, but they can also search through individual stories and photos, as well as download unit logos and command biographies.

"It may take some time for people to get used to the changes," said Lt. Col. Shavers. "But this is a change for the better. I think in time, our site will be Team Osan's first stop on the Web."