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Mar 31, 2010 9:49 AM by Associated Press

Air Force opens networks to social media sites

The Air Force Space Command says five Air Force bases in the Pacific will be the first to get access to social-networking Internet sites under new Defense Department rules.

Space Command headquarters at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., said Tuesday the five bases are Anderson in Guam, Eielson and Elmendorf in Alaska, Hickam in Hawaii and Yokota in Japan.

The Air Force will track the impact on its computer network and conduct a risk assessment before allowing access to social networks across the entire service.

The Space Command is responsible for the Air Force computer network.

Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of the Space Command, says social networking sites can help the Air Force conduct business and communicate with personnel and their families.

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