“Remember My Service”: Strengthening Pride, Morale Through Unit-Specific Multimedia “Yearbook” on CD

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Organized in Legacy, Leadership and Life sections; photos and video submitted by all soldiers; portrait gallery of all Unit personnel; featured interviews with family members; showcase for community support

After a successful debut earlier this year with the 96th Regional Readiness Command based at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, “Remember My Service” (originally entitled “Call to Duty”) by StoryRock Electronic Publishing has officially launched as the Military version of StoryRock’s market-leading Yearbook Interactive brand that has serviced schools across America since 1998.

“Remember My Service” is a Unit-customized, interactive CD-ROM created with video, photos, and text submitted by project leaders within each Unit. “We typically work with the Unit Historian, the Unit Public Affairs Representative, and the Family Readiness Group Leader to collect the content that is most meaningful to the individuals of that particular Command,” explains Sharlene Hawkes, Executive Vice President of StoryRock. “Everyone has digital cameras—most with video and sound capability—so really, the best content comes directly from the servicemen and women, and their families. It’s their perspective that matters when telling their story.”

This annual historical record on CD-ROM is organized and presented using all of today’s communication tools to not only document service in the Military for historical purposes, but to strengthen pride and camaraderie as servicemen and women share their “story” with families and communities.

There are three sections to the Remember My Service CD:

  •     Legacy: Dedicated to preserving the distinguished history, tradition and achievements of each specific Command.

  •     Leadership: Includes detailed Chain of Command, as well as photos, biographical information, and video messages from the Command leadership.
  •     Life: From training to mobilization, family support to a Portrait Gallery, this section showcases today’s servicemen and women in their particular Units.

The content for each section is collected by the Unit Historian, the Unit Public Affairs Representative and the Family Readiness Group Leader, and then submitted to the Project Manager. This Project Manager is the main point of contact with StoryRock Electronic Publishing as the company provides full service to create and complete the Unit’s own “Remember My Service” CD-ROM.

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