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AHRN.com Flies to Air Force Europe
May 12 2009
Exactly five years after the original launch to US military installations, the Automated Housing Referral Network (AHRN.com), a website that R&B Communications team developed, supports and hosts (in partnership with Runzheimer International) was launched at 17 European Air Force installations. See United States Air Force press release below and our portfolio page:
New online housing support available to USAFE Airmen
by 1st Lt. J.D. Griffin
United States Air Forces in Europe Public Affairs
6/19/2009 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany (AFNS) -- Airmen moving into or out of the United States Air Forces in Europe command now have a access to a new online housing support program.
USAFE housing offices are implementing the new Internet-based Automated Housing Referral Network, AHRN.com, to facilitate the long-distance house-hunting process encountered during a permanent change of station.
The Web site is a joint service, Department of Defense-sponsored online service that offers a 24/7/365 source of available housing to incoming military members. It directly connects service members with local property managers via the Internet, potentially saving time and money, while reducing headaches.
"This housing referral network has a major advantage because it reduces reliance on visiting housing offices and the word-of-mouth method," said Ben Hizon, deputy director for the Kaiserslautern Military Community Housing Office.
With this new capability, PCSing military members are able to reach out from anywhere and get an updated list of housing that is available upon their arrival.
Local property managers and military members can register on the site to list or search available properties, in some cases several months before the property will be available. These properties are then easily viewed by incoming personnel.
"It's our job to promote the site to all local stakeholders to ensure that it builds momentum and synergy," said Ginger Speake, command housing specialist.
USAFE housing offices have been expanding the AHRN.com program since May. The Kaiserslautern Military Community, Spangdahlem and Geilenkirchen air bases in Germany were the first USAFE areas to use the system. Aviano Air Base, Italy, brought the system online in June and most other bases should be using the site by the end of the year.
Housing officials encourage local property managers to register in the system as well.
"The larger the database, the more useful it will be to people searching for places to live," Mr. Hizon said.
AHRN.com incorporates several layers of privacy protection to ease concerns about registering properties and property owners also benefit by having a consistent resource of quality tenants.
"It's a win-win for everyone who uses the site," Ms. Speake said.
For more detailed information about the local AHRN.com website, call the local housing office or visit the website at www.ahrn.com to list a property or search for one.
|"The R&B Communications team has been instrumental in system design, development,
hosting and maintenance of the AHRN.com system. Being very responsive,
we have enjoyed working with R&B Communications and look forward to
working together in the future."
Paul Giese, Runzheimer International