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Wing launches new public Web site

TUCSON, Ariz. -- There's a new tool at the fingertips of wing members, retirees, families, Tucson community members, and anyone in the world with a computer and an internet connection; the 162nd Fighter Wing public Web site.

In the information age, it's vital for Air National Guard units to remain at the forefront of communication with its many audiences. Wing operations tempo, news media and practical communications with members and the public demand the timely release and distribution of news and information.

For this reason, the 162nd Fighter Wing ramped up a site available to all audiences at 162fw.ang.af.mil; and users will not need an access card, an account or even a military computer to access the site.

The site will contain everything found in the base newspaper, El Tigre News, and more. In addition to news and feature articles, users can find fact sheets, biographies, photos, graphics, scholarship information, events and links to other helpful resources.

The public Web site is maintained by the 162nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs office, and will be updated several times per week as news and information become available. Once an item is posted to the site, it's live within 15 minutes meaning new information is available to wing members on a weekly or daily basis, instead of monthly via the newspaper.

At first glance, users will recognize the site format as similar to af.mil, the Air Force's public site. The format is currently in use by more than 210 units and bases around the world. The benefit is that Air Force sites become easily recognizable by the general public.

Also, the system allows for sharing of content among the Air Force as a whole; decreased infrastructure, manpower and operating costs saving the Air Force more than $30 million per year; and it streamlines content flow from the base to the National Guard Bureau.

All are encouraged to get acquainted with the new site. As done in the past with El Tigre, members and units are asked to submit ideas and content for the site to the public affairs office at 162fw.pa@aztucs.ang.af.mil.