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21 Sep 2009

Hometown News Release

Tell everyone back home about your achievements with a Hometown News Release

The Hometown News Release program is designed to help soldiers and Army civilian employees get stories about their achievements and events published in their hometown papers. If you're part of 3RD Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), read on! (If you're not, talk with your organization's Public Affairs Office.)

Download, fill out and submit a Hometown News Release, DD Form 2266, today to tell your hometown how you are doing.

Step one - Download. Click here to download the pdf form. Type in your information. Use the tips below to guide you through any questions you might have about the form. Be sure to check out the errors to avoid section below before submitting the form.

2. Print the form, sign it, scan it and email it to the 3RD Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) Public Affairs Office to our Hometown News Release Email

*NOTE: To save the "fillable .pdf" form with your information requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0. If you do not have Reader 6.0, click here to download the program online, or use the "print and fax" instructions above for submitting your form.

A FEW TIPS TO HELP YOU SUCCEED WITH YOUR FORM:

Event: Thoroughly explain your achievement. Don't simply write "award." Try "awarded Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service during tour at 7th Corps Support Group." If necessary, explain more in the “Remarks” block of the form. Be as specific as possible. Don’t use abbreviations or acronyms

Family member information: Make the relationship clear for each entry. If you’re unsure about an exact street address, the name of the street is acceptable. Media coverage is determined by ZIP Code, so including a correct ZIP code with each address is vital. If Mom’s address is the same as Dad’s, be sure to put her full first and last names and relationship in the blocks, then put SAB in the address blocks. Do not include brothers and sisters at the same address as parents.

School information: In the block “year graduated,” put the four-digit year of graduation, not the number of years of school attended. Complete the name of the city and state where each school is located.

Duty MOS: This is your MOS title spelled out, not the alpha-numeric designation. Use “Utility Helicopter Repairer,” not 67N.

Job/duty title: If your actual job or duty title is different than your MOS title, spell it out here. Again, don’t use your MOS number.

Unit of assignment: Don’t abbreviate units. Instead of 3rd ESC, use 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command.

Post or base: Use the geographic location (for example, Bamberg, Germany or Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Wiesbaden, Germany). Do not include APOs.

Remarks: As noted above, use this area for any additional explanation of the event for which the form is being submitted. This would be the place to include any additional information that could add to a story, such as comments from an award citation, additional awards or events. This is also a good place to explain potentially confusing family relationships listed on the form, or to include the names of specific newspapers in your hometown where you would like the story to be sent.

HOW TO AVOID SOME COMMON ERRORS THAT CAN KILL YOUR FORM:

-- Be sure your Social Security number is included, if the form will be mailed.

-- Be sure to print legibly! If it can’t be read, it can’t be understood.

-- Be sure you’ve got correct ZIP codes for each address on the form.

-- Be sure to include first and last names for all entries.

-- Be sure to date the form. This proves your event is recent.

-- If you submit a paper copy of the form, be sure to SIGN IT! If you e-mail the electronic copy of the form, your submission of the electronic form indicates your agreement to release the information.

-- Do not write “Do not release” on the form. The Hometown News Release Program is entirely voluntary. If you don’t want the information released, don’t fill out the form!


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