Salt Lake City, Utah (PRWEB) May 07, 2012
From New York to California, Puerto Rico to Maine, Oregon to Missouri, National Guard Commands across the country participated in a comprehensive effort to collect photos, video interviews, newsletters, and more to fully document their significant transition from a strategic reserve force to a fully operational force in the last 10 years.
After more than a year of collection, organization, production, and publication, more than 130,000 Guardmembers were each presented with an interactive DVD-ROM within a 6 x 8 hardbound book to recognize their volunteer service to the country. The DVD-ROM contains up to 10,000 digital pages (photos, text, weblinks), hours of video (interviews, video features, leadership messages, broadcast media), and thousands of documents (newsletters, media articles, press releases, official letters of commendation, and more). RMS Productions collaborated with the National Guard Historical Services Division during this collection and production period to ensure historical accuracy and appropriateness of the content being broadly shared.
“Since 9/11, the National Guard has become the backbone of our nation’s defense, and their story must be told,” explains RMS President Sharlene Hawkes. “When we began this monumental project, we were surprised how very little of their significant history had actually been documented, and that is simply one more indicator of the huge load our Guardmembers have been carrying over the last 10 years.”
According to Mr. Al Miller, Chief of Historical Services for the National Guard Bureau, “the National Guard has members that have deployed overseas multiple times, including both Iraq and Afghanistan, in the last 10 years. StoryRock, through their Remember My Service (RMS) Division, devised a way to capture the varied significant accomplishments of Guard personnel involved in this Global War on Terror. The Remember My Service program, as huge as it had to be to collect this amount of documentation, was none-the-less exceptionally detailed in the manner in which it was orchestrated. RMS has done the National Guard a great service in the collection and preservation of these unclassified Global War on Terror records.”
The following states participated in this recently completed effort, and their projects have all been archived with the National Guard Bureau, the National Guard Association, the Center of Military History, and the Library of Congress Veterans History Project:
Alabama, California, Colorado, Georgia,Guam, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, South Carolina,Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands
The first National Guard Commands to participate in the RMS Program include Utah (2007, 2009), Ohio (2008, 2010), Wyoming (2010), and North Carolina (2008).
About RMS Productions
Remember My Service (RMS) Productions (http://www.RememberMyService.com) is the only full-service multi-media production and traditional publication house to bring innovative, premium historical Commemoratives to the Military. RMS is a subsidiary of StoryRock (founded in 1998), the leading provider of digital content management technology for both interactive and print output. In the past year, RMS produced premium commemoratives (DVD-ROM and hardbound book) for over 150,000 Servicemembers in the National Guard, Navy, and Army.
Description of Historical Commemorative
- High-quality, full-color hardbound “coffee table” book with DVD-ROM, specific to the Command
- DVD-ROM with up to 10,000 digital pages including: photos, text, documents, PDFs, newsletters, news articles, news broadcasts; hours of video including interviews from Servicemembers, family members, and messages from leadership in the entire chain of command; weblinks to relevant websites; names of each Servicemember, with Bio pages (unclassified information such as awards, education, interests)
- The interactive record is divided into three sections, Legacy, Leadership and Life:
Legacy includes the history of the Unit and Division; “In the News” contains all newsletters, press releases, media articles and broadcasts, annual reports; Unit lineage includes “Awards and Honors” and “In Memoriam” sections;
Leadership includes a complete interactive Chain of Command for the entire Branch of Service through the Unit featured in the service record; all leaders have their photos, bios, and video messages;
Life contains the most content with a detailed look at what the Unit does, including training, deployment, objectives, returning home, and video interviews with Servicemembers and families; typically this section is several hundred pages and includes photos, videos, documents, VIP briefings, etc.