Lifelines Network Disestablished; Information Available on other Web Sites

Story Number: NNS090930-33Release Date: 9/30/2009 11:14:00 PM
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By Susan Lawson, Center for Personal and Professional Development Public Affairs

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Citing maintenance cost, dwindling usage and duplication of information on other sites, the Navy will dim the lights for the Lifelines Service Network of Web sites on Sept. 30 when its contract expires.

Navy sponsors conducted a detailed review of the Lifelines network of Web services and compared them to existing sites throughout the Navy and Department of Defense (DoD).

"Our goal is to maximize the Navy's return on investment with all of the resources we manage. During our review of Lifelines, we identified several other official Navy and DoD Web sites and resources that provide similar and equally valuable information to Sailors and their families," said Cmdr. Dan Gage, Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) public affairs officer.

The Lifelines Service Network includes Web sites for Lifelines, Operation Dear Abby, FamilyLine, DirectLine and the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Retiree Council.

The Lifelines Web site provides a wide variety of information covering topics such as military pay and allowances; transition assistance articles; Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) opportunities, as well as family services.

Operation Dear Abby serves as an online forum for the general public to post notes of praise and thanks to service members.

FamilyLine is the network's non-profit organization Web site dedicated to improving the quality of life for Navy families.

DirectLine is the Web-based system for retirees to request a retirement certificate from the Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy (MCPON).

The SECNAV Retiree Council Web site provides a forum for Council members.

"Though the information provided by the Lifelines network of Web sites has been beneficial, the same information is also available from other online sources," said Gage. "Information similar to that found on Lifelines can be found at Navy Personnel Command (NPC), Center for Naval Installations Command (CNIC), Fleet and Family Support Centers' Web sites, as well as"

The Lifelines and Operation Dear Abby Web sites will be discontinued, while the other Web sites in the network will undergo universal resource locator (URL) changes and be transferred to other host commands.

FamilyLine ownership will be transferred to CNIC and the Web site will undergo a URL change. Web users entering the old URL will be redirected to the site's new location on CNIC servers. The SECNAV Retiree Council Web site has been transferred to NPC and a browser redirect will take users to the new location. The Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy's DirectLine Web site, which provides an on-line tool for retirees to request a signed retirement letter from MCPON, will also transfer to NPC servers.

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