Public Affairs

The FHTNC mission is to generate public awareness of the accomplishments of men and women serving in our nation’s sea services. The FHTNC produces stories about Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel.

FHTNC stories are used by more than 12,000 hometown news media organizations including newspapers, radio and television stations and college/alumni publications throughout the United States and its territories. Each year, FHTNC distributes several hundred thousand news releases to these outlets in its effort to build morale and highlight the achievements of hardworking Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen to their family and friends back home. The hometown news stories also continue to inform the American public about the capabilities and operations of our high-tech naval forces serving around the world.While at 4th MCD:

  • Check-ins: gather and send as a group every few weeks
  • Promotions and Awards: attach supplemental information (citation, photo)
  • Look for full-length feature opportunities. Some ideas include: community relation projects, significant military exercises, training evolutions and special events

.To participate in the program service members should fill out the FHTNR form and email or mail it to:

Fleet Public Affairs Center
ATTN: Fleet Hometown News Center
9420 3rd Ave
Norfolk, VA 23511

For additional information, contact the Fleet Liaison at:

Comm. (757) 445-1645 or DSN 565-1645

Marketing & Public Affairs Officer: Capt. Terrence Zaleski

Assistant Marketing & Public Affairs Officer: 1st Lt. Raj Patel

Public Affairs Chief: GySgt. Valerie Nash

Combat Correspondent & Webmaster: Sgt. Cheng Chang

Combat Videographer: Cpl. Bernadette Pacheco

Public Affairs Contact Number: (717) 770-8126/8127
Fax: (717) 770-4684

Marketing Officer: GySgt. Dittenbir
Contact Number: (717) 770--4647

4th Marine Corps District