Sailors in the News
Click the photos below to see media placements of Sailors in their hometown news publications.

American Connections Media Outreach Program

We offer media outreach services designed to tell the Navy story through the eyes of individual Sailors by leveraging local ties, such as hometown, high school, college, family members, etc. 

For information about the services we provide, download the fact sheet here.

Share your story by answering a few questions on this form and emailing the link with a photo in uniform to
- Examples include awards, promotions, retirements and participation in major exercises or operations.
- You may also copy and paste the form at the bottom of this page and email responses to

Sailor Recognition

  • Preserving a popular capability from the Fleet Hometown News Program, NAVCO notifies local media when Sailors are promoted, receive an award, earn a warfare qualification, complete a deployment or achieve other recognition.

  • Awards, stories, and photos can be e-mailed to or Sailors may submit material using the form below. Sailors can also use this form to request assistance in coordinating a phone or email interview with local media.
  • NAVCO provides media feedback report with links to all coverage.

Media Production Visits

  • NAVCO sends a small production team to commands to write feature stories with photos. These stories are sent to each Sailor’s hometown and posted on our blog

  • After the visit, NAVCO provides each participating command with media feedback reports and links to all coverage.

  • NAVCO can also provide training with command public affairs teams on how to produce their own feature stories for hometown media distribution.

  • If you would like to be considered for future media production visits, e-mail

 Fleet Produced Content

  • Photos and stories found on DVIDS, Flickr,, and those e-mailed to, are shared with local media.

  • NAVCO can only use stories and photos that have a local connection, such as hometown, high school, college, family members, etc.


  • NAVCO established a toll-free telephone line that allows Sailors to record a 15 to 20 second greeting, which is shared with local radio stations in each Sailors’ hometown.

  • These shoutouts are based on a script sent out for holidays and major sporting events.

  • If you would prefer to have a story written and sent to your hometown, please fill out the PDF form provided in the email sent out for each opportunity. For an example of one of those stories, please click here

  • Sailors can also send video shoutouts for holidays, major sporting events and family milestones to

  • If you would like to be added to the radio shoutout distribution list, please email 

  • We also offer a generic script Sailors can use to share a shoutout for special occasions (e.g. birthday, anniversary, etc).

  • Learn more by listening to this news story

  • For examples, check out this College Football Shoutout. A Veterans Day shoutout is available here Veterans Day


FHTN FORMS: The Fleet Hometown News Release form NAVSO-5724-1 is no longer valid. Please discontinue using this form and follow the instructions below.

 For the NAVADMIN detailing the American Connections Media Outreach Program, please click here.






Media Outreach Department
(901) 874-5810

Media Production Stories

How to Participate

Share Your Story

We can contact local media to relay your story, whether that city is your hometown, your college town or a place that has a personal connection with you.
If you are deployed, earned an award, reached a milestone or are simply proud of your service, we want to tell your story.
Click this link to fill out an online form, or e-mail responses to

First name:
Last name:
Job description:

Number of years in the Navy:
Current location:
Command Public Affairs Officer (PAO):
PAO E-mail:

Hometown (or other local connection):
Hometown state:

Hometown zip code:

High school:
Year graduated high school:
Name of college (if applicable):
College major:
Year graduated college:

Brief Description of submission: award, promotion, deployment, etc.

***Type in complete sentences only***
***Your inputs in this section will be the quotes used in your story...make your family proud!***
Minimum one sentence. Maximum three sentences.
Example question: Why did you join the Navy?
Example response: I joined the Navy because I wanted to carry on the proud military tradition of my family. Both my father and older sister served in the military. I also wanted a chance to travel and pay for my education.

Why did you join the Navy?

What does serving in the Navy mean to you?

What do you like best about serving with your current command?

What accomplishment(s) are you most proud of?

What have you learned from serving in the Navy?


Please ensure you submit a photo to accompany your submission to Include your name and local connection (e.g. hometown) with your photo submission.


Include a hometown in your caption and we will share it with media in that area.

Image of Petty Officer doing work

SOUTH CHINA SEA (June 30, 2011) Sonar Technician (Surface) 1st Class Jessica Bonilla, from Inglewood, Calif., stands the surface warfare coordinator watch in the combat information center (CIC) aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Cowpens (CG 63). The CIC provides pertinent tactical information and intelligence to command and control stations. Cowpens is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan, and began a patrol in the western Pacific Ocean on June 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class N. Ross Taylor/Released)


Include a hometown tie in a story and we will share it with media in that area.

USS Annapolis Changes Command

...Balagna, a native of Farmington, Illinois, enlisted in the Navy in April 1992 as a Nuclear Electronics Technician. In 1997, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Illinois and received his commission through the ROTC...