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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 882-08
October 20, 2008

New Media Activity Activation Announced

            The Department of Defense announced today the activation of the Defense Media Activity (DMA).
 
            Borne out of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission’s 2005 conclusions, the DMA places internal information programs - - the Army Broadcasting Service, Soldiers Radio/TV, the Soldiers Media Center, the Naval Media Center, the Air Force News Agency, Marine Corps internal information assets and the Army/Air Force Hometown News Service with the American Forces Information Service into one activity which will be located at Ft. Meade, Md., in 2011.
 
            “This transformational change in public affairs will improve the effectiveness and efficiency of DoD’s internal communications capabilities while continuing to provide unparalleled support for those who serve our nation,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs Robert T. Hastings. “Ensuring the continued free flow of timely and accurate news and information to our military personnel is the primary mission of DMA.”
 “I think it is one of the most exciting things to happen to DoD Public Affairs in a long time. It’s our opportunity to change the way we deliver news and information to our internal audience,” said Hastings.
 
            DMA will work under the direction of the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs.
 
            For more information, contact the DoD Public Affairs office at (703) 697-5131.