Garrison websites relaunch with refreshed designs, features
January 13, 2012
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii -- The face of U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's digital news is undergoing a facelift.
Both the garrison's website and Hawaii Army Weekly's website were relauched in November; although both are still available at their previous web addresses, they have new designs.
"The relaunch of these two new websites keeps USAG-HI current and relevant online," said Dennis Drake, USAG-HI's Public Affairs director. "They retain all the necessary information for Soldiers, families and civilians in an easier-to-read format."
The HAW's rebranded website is clean, contemporary and visually-appealing. The design has been streamlined for a more cohesive and legible product, while retaining functional and image-filled pages.
The new design highlights visual elements, with five featured articles that scroll on the home page.
Readers can view thumbnails and excerpts of recent articles divided by category on both the lower half of the home page and by clicking on any of the category tabs on the upper tool bar.
Looking for older content? Scroll down to the bottom to select the month and year, or click on "Full Issues" in the top tool bar, or search for content in the upper right corner.
There is also an option to subscribe to receive the HAW via emailed PDF or RSS feed. Click on "Subscribe" in the top tool bar to review these options.
The latest garrison photos and videos, and social media sites can be seen on the right side of the page.
The garrison's website has an updated new look that coincides with Army branding, as seen on Army.mil, U.S. Army-Pacific's Web page and 8th Theater Sustainment Command's website.
The left side menu breaks down programs and services. For example, under the "Command" tab, people can view command publications and regulations, or connect with the Ask the Garrison Commander email address.
The tabs for "Directorates & Support Staff," "Services," "Living in Hawaii," "Community," "Supporting You," "Staying Safe" and "Working with USAG-HI" all have separate menus that list offices, programs and services. The menus unfold to the right as you hover over tabs with arrows. For example, to find the directorates of Emergency Services or Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, hover over "Directorates & Support Staff," then "Directorates," then select the office you are looking for.
The "Customer Feedback" tab links to options that U.S. Army-Hawaii members can use to connect with the garrison, like Interactive Customer Evaluation, Ask the Garrison Commander, the Installation Access Council, the Army Family Action Plan and many more.
Got a question? Check out the "Customer FAQs" (frequently asked questions) tab for answers to issues like gate procedures, vehicle registration and decals, housing, ID cards and PT policies.
The "Sustainability" category covers environmental topics like recycling, natural resources and sustainable environmental management.
On the lower left side, there are several widgets that connect visitors to the garrison's social media sites, including Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and YouTube. Recent garrison photos uploaded to Flickr can be seen on the lower right side of the page, along with the latest HAW headlines.
On the upper right side of the homepage, visitors can hover over the calendar to find garrison events, training or traffic alerts.
The top tool bar links to units around the island, customer feedback options and social media sites.
Even though the sites are located at the same addresses, users should still update their bookmarks. For example, a bookmark to www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/sites will take a viewer to the old garrison site rather than newly designed www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.
Check us out at www.hawaiiarmyweekly.com and www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil.