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Joint Home Town News, NAS Pax River

03/19/15 12:00 AM

Want to be recognized in your hometown media? Whether it's a promotion, award, reenlistment or returning from Individual Augmentee duty, the Fleet Home Town News is a quick and easy way to reach all of your local hometown media outlets and tell your story of your success.

Joint Home Town News tells the Navy story through the eyes of individual Sailors and Department of Navy civilians by leveraging the ties they have to their hometowns across the country.

How does it work? If you're ready for the recognition you deserve, simply submit the following information to the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office. We've also provided an example submission below.

  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

Once your information is received, a member of our staff will contact you to discuss a photo opportunity. Please note, Joint Home Town 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.

When your story is ran by a media outlet, we will send you a link to it.

Community and public outreach, like participating in Joint Home Town News, is a crucial activity that reinforces trust and confidence in the Navy and its people and educates the American public about the capability, importance and value of today's Navy. 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. 


Chief Petty Officer Molly Burgess, from La Center, WA, and a 1995 graduate of La Center High School, was pinned 16 September 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, WA. Her mother, Karen Freeman is a resident of Grants Pass, OR.

Questions, call the NAS Patuxent River Public Affairs Office at 301-757-6748.

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