Trenton D. Conyers is currently serving as a helicopter pilot as part of the Combat Aviation Brigade, First Infantry Division based out of Fort Riley. A Newton High School graduate, he is the only Newton resident listed on a new website designed to help the public make contact with "Hometown Heroes."

"Our goal is to build direct linkages and relationships between members of the Army and all of the communities where these great Soldiers come from," wrote Matthew R. Lewis, Colonel, U.S. Army.

Lewis wrote a letter to Mayor Jim Nickel, asking for a little help to promote the website.

Nickel provided a copy of the letter to the commissioners, and to The Kansan.

The website, called Hometown Heroes, lists more than 2000 members of the Combat Aviation Brigade. At the site, users can search for soldiers by name or hometown — and provides an interface to send a short email directly to soldiers.

"Soldiers draw their strength and resilience from the support of their family, their loved ones, and their communities," Lewis wrote. "We are hopeful that this innovation will create a simple way for members of your community to reach out and recognize the many contributions of Soldiers from your community who are proudly serving this great Nation."

The site is located at