3rd Infantry Division Launches Groundbreaking "Remember My Service" Historical Record Program

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Nearly 8,000 Soldiers to receive Battalion-specific interactive historical records upon return from Iraq and Afghanistan; First RMS program in the Army; Program sponsors include the Army MWR and the Veterans of Foreign Wars

"This is the story the soldiers will tell their children and grandchildren about what they did to defend freedom." Sharlene Hawkes, president, RMS

The 3rd Infantry Division, currently deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, has launched a groundbreaking historical record program this month, Remember My Service announced today. Nearly 8,000 soldiers based out of Ft. Stewart, Georgia, will receive Battalion-specific historical records upon their return from deployment later this year.

The current pilot program includes soldiers in the DSTB (Division Special Troops Battalion), the 2BCT (2nd Brigade Combat Team), and the 3CAB (3rd Combat Aviation Brigade). Seventeen Project Officers within these Units are collaborating with RMS Project Coordinators over the next 8-12 weeks to deliver photos, videos interviews, documents, and all relevant unclassified materials to help tell their story.

After successful programs with numerous state National Guard units, including North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming, the 3ID historical record will be the first to be adopted by an active Army Division.

The 3ID deployed in Fall of 2009, and will begin returning home Fall of 2010. Presentation ceremonies will take place within 8 weeks of their return.

“The Marne Division boasts a storied history of valorous service stretching back to World War I,” explains Sharlene Hawkes, president of Remember My Service. “They have an incredible legacy that needs to be documented and shared. This is the story the soldiers will tell their children and grandchildren about what they did to defend freedom. This essential history shouldn’t be hidden in dusty archives—it should be broadly distributed.”

The comprehensive and groundbreaking interactive DVD-ROMs will be presented to each soldier at a post-deployment ceremony. The records include hundreds of digital pages with photos, videos, text, hyperlinks to documents and news articles, news broadcasts, video interviews, messages from leadership, and biographies of each soldier.

“This is not a yearbook or a video slideshow,” Hawkes emphasizes. “It’s a multimedia interactive tool that honors the service of each soldier by integrating everything the Public Affairs Officers and Historians already collect, but simply don’t have the personnel or time resources to accomplish.”

The Army’s Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command (FMWRC) and the Veterans of Foreign Wars are sponsors of the flagship program.

Remember My Service (http://www.RememberMyService.com ) is the leading provider of interactive and print historical records in the Military. Remember My Service is a Division of StoryRock, Inc., based in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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