Share your Team Kadena success stories with Hometown News Published Dec. 9, 2008 By Staff Sgt. Nestor Cruz 18th Wing Public Affairs KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- Airmen and Soldiers on Kadena can now share good news with family and friends back home through the Army and Air Force Hometown News program. The Hometown News program enables servicemembers to highlight awards, promotions, reassignments, deployments, graduation from military schools and other accomplishments. In the past, servicemembers submitted hard copies of the Hometown News release form, DD Form 2266, to their unit's public affairs office. The forms were mailed to the Joint Hometown News Service in San Antonio, Texas. Today, submitting a DD Form 2266 is easier and faster than ever. With just a few clicks of a computer mouse, servicemembers can complete and submit an electronic DD Form 2266. Hometown News then processes the electronic form and provides a news release to one of the 8,718 newspapers subscribing to the service. The new, electronic Hometown News program provides a way to share good news faster than sending a "snail mail" letter to Mom, Dad or Aunt Ginny. "Hometown news releases are a simple way that Airmen can stay connected to their friends and family back home," said Beth Gosselin, chief of operations for 18th Wing Public Affairs. "It may seem like a small thing to the Airman, but for the mom or dad back home, it means a whole lot to see their son or daughter in the local newspaper." The Electronic DD Form 2266 can be accessed from any government computer. Go to www.kadena.af.mil and click on the Kadena Hometown News link under the "Additional Links" column.