From our earliest days, America has had the good fortune to be blessed by volunteers who have stepped forward to defend our citizens and our way of life. A few of them have famous names, some undertake crucial missions in secret, and others live in gracious anonymity. But each is driven, I believe, by love of country, a devotion to duty, and the hope of leaving their loved ones and future generations a safer world.
Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
Digital Video and Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS)
The DVIDS mission is to serve as a turn-key operation that facilitates requests for Public Affairs video, audio, still imagery and print products; coordinates interviews with soldiers and commanders in a combat zone and provides an archive for ongoing operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.
DVIDS is a state-of-the-art, 24/7 operation that provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait and Qatar.
Through a network of portable Ku-band satellite transmitters located in-theater and a distribution hub in Atlanta, Georgia, DVIDS makes available real-time broadcast-quality video, still images and print products as well as immediate interview opportunities with service members, commanders and subject matter experts.
More about DVIDS:
· Facilitates remote interviews with commanders and subject matter experts engaged in fast-breaking news.
· Links media to deployed military units.
· Enables embedded journalists to transmit broadcast quality video from the field.
· Fulfills requests for products quickly via satellite, fiber and the Internet.
· Submits daily bulletins detailing archive additions and email alerts about breaking news.
· Coordinates holiday greetings, "shout-outs" and special events programming involving soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines deployed to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
· Maintains a searchable archive of video, photo and print products.
For more information, see the DVIDS website at www.dvidshub.net
OPERATION TRIBUTE TO FREEDOM (OTF) RADIO TOUR -
In conjunction with Veterans Day, OTF will facilitate up to 14 interviews with national and state-wide radio news networks. The spokesperson who will conduct the interviews is Lt. Col. Tofani who currently serves as the Professor of Military Science for the University of Alabama, Birmingham, (UAB) ROTC. This event will reach 2,500 radio stations, including: AP Radio Network, USA Radio Network, the South Carolina News Network, WJSS-AM Baltimore and WRIV-AM Long Island.
See the OTF Website for more information: www.army.mil/otf.com
See the ARMY OUTREACH website for more VETERAN'S DAY ACTIVITIES:
Army Outreach Calendar