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Hometown News Program


Want to be recognized in your hometown media?

Whether it's a promotion, award, reenlistment or returning from Individual Augmentee duty, the Hometown News Service program is a quick and easy way to reach all of your local hometown media outlets and tell your story of your success.

Joint Hometown News tells your story through the eyes of individual Service Members and Department of Defense civilians by leveraging the ties they have to their hometowns across the country. Remember, our installation is home to Sailors, Marines and Soldiers. All qualify to submit content to this program. If you have a local PAO, they can contact us directly for assistance or support.


How does it work?

If you're ready for the recognition you deserve, simply email the following information to the NAVSTA Newport Public Affairs Office.

*** If you do not send this to us locally, we cannot guarantee this will be pitched to your hometown.***

  1. Rate, full name and rank
  2. Hometown (city and state)
  3. Year of graduation and name of high school
  4. What was the accomplishment/award/promotion
  5. A quote on what your accomplishment means to you
  6. How long you have been in the Navy
  7. Current job title and command
  8. Any other recent awards/accomplishments
  9. The names of their parents, and their city and state
  10. Tenant commands: Name of your unit PAO, if applicable (so we can keep them in the loop)    


Once your information is received, a member of our staff will contact you to discuss a photo opportunity. Please note, Joint Hometown News releases that are submitted with a photo get picked up 80 percent more often by newspaper, TV or radio outlets, and included on their websites. If your story is picked up by a media outlet, we will send you a link to it.

Community and public outreach, like participating in Joint Hometown News, is a crucial activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the Navy and its people, while educating the American public about the capability, importance and value of today's Armed Forces. An effective outreach program is particularly vital to the Navy due to the concentration of our bases and assets along America's coasts, which leaves the vast majority of America without a significant Navy presence. 



Molly Burgess, from La Center, Wash., and a 1995 graduate of La Center High School, was pinned Sept. 16 as a Chief Petty Officer.

When asked how she felt about this accomplishment, Burgess said, “Being a Chief in U.S. Navy is what every Sailor strives for during their career, and to achieve this milestone is extremely rewarding and exciting. I look forward to continuing to serve the Navy and to help mentor our future Chiefs.”

Burgess has been in the Navy for 18 years and is currently serving as the editor of the Navy's Flagship newspaper in Norfolk, Va. She is an award winning Mass Communications Specialist who was selected as the 2014 Mid-Atlantic Region Shore Sailor of the Year. The region newspaper, Flagship, received first place in the Civilian Enterprise News Publication Category for the 2013 Navy Media Awards, while she served as editor. Her father and step-mother, Terry and Rhonda Freeman are residents of La Center, Wash. Her mother, Karen Freeman is a resident of Grants Pass, Ore.

Questions, call the NAVSTA Newport Public Affairs Office at 401-841-6203.

Click to email the Naval Station Newport Public Affairs Office.

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