Hometown News Release

What is a HTNR?

  • HTNRs are used to highlight accomplishments of Soldiers and Airmen in their communities through various media outlets across the state, to include:
  • New enlistments
  • Extensions
  • Promotions
  • Awards
  • Graduations
  • HTNRs are produced by the Army and Air Force Hometown News Service
  • Supports the Secretaries of the Army and Air Force Offices of Public Affairs
  • Headquartered in Fort Meade, Maryland
  • Program has been in existence for over 40 years
  • Last year 750,000 news releases distributed to 14,000 media outlets

How does it work?

  • After completion of the electronic form and LANG PAO approval, the form is sent electronically to FT Meade.
  • From there, program officials use the information provided on the form to prepare a news release.
  • The completed release is then sent to media outlets related to ALL zip codes listed on the release
  • Relatives
  • Current residence
  • High School
  • College
  • Publication of the form is up to each media outlet. The form could be published within two weeks of final approval
  • LANG PAO will not know when or even if media outlets will use the release
  • Refer to 2266 Guide
  • Access the electronic HTNR link:
  • Follow provided instructions, filling out ALL provided boxes
  • Before clicking go, print the completed form to have the Soldier or Airmen sign it
    • Keep for records
    • This gives permission to release
    • the provided information
  • Once complete, click go at the bottom of the form
  • From there it is sent to LANG PAO for approval

What if the link doesn’t work?

  • If you are experiencing technical difficulty, let the PAO know! (CALL: 866-275-8176)

Resources: PDF & PowerPoint downloads