AFRTS is the American Forces Radio and Television Service, also known as the Armed Forces
Radio and Television Service. It is part of the Department of Defense, and is headquartered
at Fort George Meade Maryland. The AFRTS mission is to communicate Department of Defense policies,
priorities, programs, goals and initiatives. AFRTS provides stateside radio and television
programming, "a touch of home," to U.S. service men and women, DoD civilians, and their families
serving outside the continental United States. AFRTS includes the Radio and Television Production
Office (RTPO), The Pentagon Channel
and the AFN Broadcast Center.
The AFRTS vision is to provide multi-channel broadcast quality radio and television services and expanded internal information products to all DoD members and their families stationed
overseas, on contingency operations, and onboard Navy ships
around the world. Today, AFRTS uses seven satellites along
with digital compression technology to provide multiple
television and stereo audio services to over 1,000 outlets in
more than 175 countries and U.S. territories, and on board U.S.