Corps of Engineers overhauls public website

Published March 15, 2013
Screenshot of new Savannah District website.

Screenshot of new Savannah District website.

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Savannah District unveiled a newer version of its website Mar. 15, as part of a web upgrade for the entire Corps of Engineers. Although the site features an updated appearance, the Universal Resource Locator, or web address, remains the same:

As a part of this upgrade, URLs to certain pages on the Savannah District’s website have changed. Users who have book marked pages other than the home page will need to take the necessary action to update their internet “bookmarks” or “favorites.”

The new website is built on the American Forces Public Information Management System (AFPIMS), which is a content management tool used for managing public websites within the Department of Defense and its branches. The upgrade moves the Savannah District’s website into a cloud-based system. The system allows the Corps to create a consistent look and feel on its web pages, streamline content management, and deliver a rich end-user experience that incorporates audio, video and other web elements.

“Our site will be more user-friendly,” said Russ Wicke, Corporate Communications Officer for the Savannah District. “It helps us deliver fast, easily accessible content and is now more compatible with emerging web technology such as social media and website plug-ins.”

In addition to a new look and feel, the site offers such features as a rotating image gallery, video playlist, updated news releases, fact sheets, a search engine, and a comprehensive interactive contact list. Visitors to the website will also find information about the following:

·        Current projects, authorized studies and operations and maintenance (organized by the district)

·        Permitting process

·        Public Notices

·        Recreational opportunities on Corps-owned property

·        Savannah District Social media presence

The Defense Media Agency (DMA), which runs AFPIMS, currently manages the website platforms for the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps and 20 other government agencies.

The changes consolidate hardware, software and manpower, transitioning from 58 server locations to one server location. “The Corps continues to explore new ways to improve communications and transparency with our stakeholders nationwide,” Wicke said. “Our website is an important communication tool and a reliable link  to the public.” 

Website users can submit questions, feedback or concerns regarding the Savannah District website to

Billy Birdwell, Public Affairs Officer
Rashida Banks

Release no. 13-06