Satellite Flyer goes online

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Le roi est mort. Vive le roi.

The May 3 issue of the Satellite Flyer is the last that the 50th Space Wing Public Affairs Office will directly produce. But you will continue to see a base newspaper with stories about the Schriever community as well as interesting stories from around the Air Force.

We're moving our focus to the Web -- you'll find some stories on www.schriever.af.mil before you see them in the paper, and some stories that we publish online will be offered as Web exclusives: is, they won't be in the paper at all.

An Air Force Public Affairs newspaper working group met in 2006 to discuss the way forward for the career field, which faced manning cuts and increasing deployments throughout the public affairs career field. The group found that the process of laying out and designing newspapers was too time-intensive to continue doing. It recommended, and the chief of Air Force Public Affairs at the Pentagon endorsed, a shift of focus away from printed newspapers toward Web-based publications.

"The nature of public affairs is changing," said Ed Parsons, chief of 50th SW Public Affairs. "The shift in focus helps us best take advantage of new technology and our decreasing manpower."

We recognized, however, that people still wanted to have access to a printed product. Although the Web is a good answer, you can't take the Web to the dining hall with you. That's where our publisher, the Colorado Springs Military Newspaper Group, comes in: they will continue to publish a newspaper under contract to the Satellite Flyer, using stories we provide either directly or through other military public affairs sources.

Under our shift to a Web-based news service at www.schriever.af.mil, we commit to offering you faster news, more in-depth feature stories and commentaries, and more stories that explore the growing community at Schriever. Here's a short list of what we'll continue to offer:
  • News, feature stories and commentaries from and about the Schriever community.
  • Up-to-date information on Snow Call, which is one of the first stops for people who want to find out about base delays or closures.
  • Comprehensive information on topics of interest to the Schriever community, such as base housing (www.schriever.af.mil/housing) and information for new community members (www.schriever.af.mil/newcomersinformation) with links to local area base guides and information they need to inprocess.
  • A library rich with information about the base's namesake, Gen. Bernard Schriever; the history of the 50th SW and its predecessor, the 50th Tactical Fighter Wing; biographies on past and present leaders and fact sheets on many of our 50th SW and tenant units.
  • "Get Out and Go" information that people can look at to find something to do off base.
  • A Letters to the Editor feature (www.schriever.af.mil/letters) that will allow you to offer your comments on our stories as well as thoughts about current events around the Air Force.
Starting May 10, while you'll still see a paper on the newsstands, we encourage you to visit the Satellite Flyer Online to stay abreast of the news everyday and to find information that you won't find in the printed product--such as the history behind the phrase "Le roi est mort, vive le roi."

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