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Base Web site receives new look

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. -- The Minot Air Force Base public Web site received an overhaul Monday. 

The site now follows the look of the Air Force Web site, af.mil, and carries similar information tailored to Minot’s audience. 

Between 2005 and 2007 the Air Force Public Web will be consolidating 250 Air Force public Web sites standardizing a Web presence and appearance across the Air Force. 

According to AFPW officials the program is the Air Force’s remedy to a Department of Defense Inspector General audit identifying multiple security violations and inappropriate release of information on public Web sites. 

“It offers more security and the same look and feel as Air Force Link,” said Tech. Sgt. Russell Wicke, Air Force Public Web group manager for Air Combat Command. “Many sites were found to be vulnerable to hacking and the illegal posting of fraudulent information.” 

Each base Web content provider will use the same publishing tool for all Air Force public Web sites eliminating the requirement for Web-developing expertise, allowing content providers to focus more on content, security and policy review. 

“[Many] sites vary widely in appearance and content,” said Sergeant Wicke. “It enables better continuity and easier management. It’s one way of meeting the Air Force goal of having many voices, one message.” 

With each site resembling Air Force Link, people will be able to easily identify the base’s public Web site with local Minot AFB news articles, photos, senior leadership biographies and unit fact sheets. 

The site will also allow individuals to request information under the Freedom of Information Act, base tours and media interviews. 

“Each day more than three million people visit Air Force link,” said Maj. Dani Johnson, Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs chief. “With our site resembling the Air Force’s, people will be better equipped to navigate through the site, understand Minot’s dual mission in the Air Force and request information.” 
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