Back to the Hometown Published Feb. 19, 2013 By SSgt Lealan Buehrer 182nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs February 19, 2013 -- In the course of your career as an Air Guardsman you may reach unique accomplishments within the ranks. Often, you may receive congratulations from coworkers and superiors, but what of your supporters outside the fence line? Time and again our friends and family prove to be our loudest supporters; they habitually love to show us off. One way to promote achievements in the civilian community is the Hometown News Release Program. The process to make a Hometown News Release is simple. First, pick up a DD Form 2266, Hometown News Release, online from the Defense Technical Information Center or from the public affairs office. Next, fill out the form in entirety. A public affairs specialist will then review the submission and forward it to the proper agency. The Air Force News Service will then distribute the information to local news media outlets. The end result is that local community, family, and friends get to stay up to date with highlights of your military career. This not only instills confidence and support from the community, but allows for a sense of pride from your loved ones regarding your service to the country. There are many opportunities that warrant your recognition within your community. Such examples include graduation from Basic Military Training, promotions, reenlistments, receipt of awards and decorations. The Armed Forces News Service provides for several avenues of achievement promotions, and the public affairs office is here to assist. Options include video news release to local television and cable stations, audio news releases to local radio stations, print news and photo releases in newspapers and newsletters, and holiday greeting messages to families from Airman serving overseas. For more information, please contact the 182nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs office at 309-633-5118 or visit jhns.dma.mil and usafns.com.