The Boomer moves solely to Web

  • Published
  • By Staff Sgt. Amaani Lyle
  • 459th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office
As editor of the The Boomer, I've had the privilege of getting to learn about many career fields here at the wing, but more importantly, I've gotten to tell the Air Force stories of dozens of Reservists, civilians and family members. 

One of the hardest decisions an editor has to make is not necessarily what to write about, but how. 

The decision to make a major change in how we report stories in The Boomer is only part of the Air Force's larger plan to maximize resources and focus manpower on content, rather than print production. 

The March 2008 issue of The Boomer will be the last issue that our readers will be able to see in its printed magazine format. From that point forward, all future articles, photos, recognition pieces and briefs will be available solely on the World Wide Web. 

Many Air Force public affairs offices have already done away with actual newspapers, opting to report with more immediacy via the Internet, and the 459th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office will do just the same. 

In fact, nearly all of the content in The Boomer is typically posted on the Web days, or sometimes, even weeks before the material goes to print in the monthly publication.
Our transition to a solely Web-based publication means you can now get news, features, and wing information as it happens, without having to wait until next month's issue. 

Not having the paper in hand may take some getting used to, as we've all become accustomed to having a paper in our offices, our mailboxes, in our waiting rooms and beyond. However, we stand to enjoy a more enhanced reading experience by now having up-to-the-minute worldwide access to the happenings of our small but mighty wing. 

In the meantime, the public affairs office, as well as the wing commander, hope people will visit the Web site at to get the latest news and wing updates.