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PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Soldiers or family members new to Camp Humphreys may have an easier time figuring out what’s on post and where thanks to a major upgrade to the Area III Web site.

Humphreys officials recently completed the first stage of the upgrade and are lining up a second round of changes to be finished this summer, said Javier Lopez, director of information management with the U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys.

The aim is to make the site, “a very useful tool for them to get to know Area III if they’re freshly coming in, or for them to get more acquainted with Area III if they’re already here,” Lopez said.

The Web site is: http://area3.korea.army.mil/

The Humphreys garrison runs the Army’s installations in Area III — Camp Humphreys in Pyeongtaek and two in the Wonju “base cluster,” Camp Eagle and Camp Long.

Among changes already made are:

A “marquee” on the home page with scrolling text showing current road conditions at each Area III installation.A link to a five-day weather outlook for the Humphreys region.A “phone book” for key services and departments and links to Web pages for those services and departments, with a general information number to call posted on the page.Training materials that include interactive features such as animation that has been added to a PowerPoint presentation.And, for the first time, links to a separate Web site for camps Eagle and Long.“That’s a significant upgrade,” Lopez said. “Because in the past, if you weren’t at Camp Humphreys, you weren’t getting any information” on the Web site.

Still to come is the project’s second phase, which officials expect will prove a big help to troops and others slated to either start or finish an assignment within Area III, he said.

“This is the exciting part because we are going to make it into a fully customer service-oriented Web site. … It will be extremely interactive for people to in-process, out-process,” Lopez said.

Troops on orders to report for duty within the garrison will be able to get the needed in-processing forms by visiting the Web site.

Units to which the new arrivals are reporting will be able to go online to keep tabs on which places on the in-processing checklist — finance office, post library, for example — the soldier has been to.

And those units will be able to use the information the soldier provided before heading to South Korea to seek the best available unit member to serve as that new arrival’s sponsor. “It will definitely enhance the sponsorship program,” Lopez said.

In addition, the upgrade will make it possible for community members to use the Web site to submit “work orders” that notify base authorities of needed repairs.

“It’s an ever-changing Web site,” Lopez said. “It’s a living, breathing document so there’ll never be an actual closure to it.”

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