Joint Hometown News Service

Joint Hometown News Service (JHNS)

is a directorate of the Defense Media Activity’s Production Component. JHNS manages the Department of Defense’s Hometown News program, supporting the military services. Headquartered at Ft Meade, Maryland, with additional print, broadcast and photography assets in Yokota, Japan; and Ramstein, Germany, the staff of 23 military and civilian personnel produce a variety of print and electronic news products highlighting the accomplishments and worldwide activities of individual members of the U.S. armed forces.
Joint Hometown News Service (JHNS)

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Over 14,000 newspapers, radio stations and television stations subscribe to Hometown's free news service, extending coverage of soldiers and airmen to all 50 states and U.S. territories. To learn more about the Joint Hometown News Service, or subscribe to our free service, contact our marketing section, or complete our online subscription form (media outlets only please).

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The Hometown News program has been in existence for over 40 years, with the Army running its program in Kansas City, MO., and the Air Force running its program from Tinker Air Force Base, OK. In 1978, after a study by the Defense Audit Service, the decision was made to consolidate the two operations in San Antonio, Texas. In 1979 the Air Force operation moved there, followed by the Army's operation in 1980. The consolidation resulted in a savings of 35 personnel, with a work force of 63 performing the mission previously done by 98 people.

Since then automation and other efficiencies have resulted in downsizing the organization to its current strength of 39 people. In October, 2008, the organization's name changed from the Army & Air Force Hometown News Service to the Joint Hometown News Service, and it became part of the Defense Media Activity, a new organization created by the 2005 Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission Report.