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News release program recognizes Misawans

By Airman 1st Class C. Todd Lopez

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan (Aug. 11, 2000) -- Military members can be recognized in their hometown newspapers through the Army and Air Force Hometown News Release Program.

Members are recognized for accomplishments by filling out Department of Defense Form 2266. Once completely filled out, the form is e-mailed to or dropped of at the Public Affairs office in Building 504, where it is finalized and sent to the Army and Air Force Hometown News.

Hometown news staff service construct a stories from information provided on the DD Form 2266, and the story is forwarded to newspapers within the military member's hometown.

Accomplishments that can be highlighted included sewing on of ranks E-3 and higher; arrival at Misawa Air Base; reenlistments; retirements; receipt of a college degree; soldier/airman/NCO of the month, quarter, year at all levels of command; direct commissions; suggestion awards of $50 or more; selection for service-funded, degree-producing programs and assumption of command at all levels.

By submitting hometown news releases, supervisors can instill pride in both military members and families at home. At the same time, the releases bolster support for the U.S. Air Force and help recruiting efforts.

There are many other ways to be recognized with the Army/Air Force Hometown News Release Program. Call the 35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office at 226-3705 for more information. DD Form 2266 is available at www.dior.whs.mil/icdhome/forminfo/FormInfoPage1374.htm