PRA Announces Rebranding Initiative

PRA Rebranding Announcement

One-hundred years ago in August 1918, Psychological Operations became operational for service in World War I when the American Expeditionary Forces’ Propaganda Section, led by Captain Heber Blankenhorn, produced the first leaflet. The Psychological Operations Regimental Association (PRA) was established in 2012 with the purposes of fostering tradition, history and camaraderie among all Soldiers, educating the PSYOP force and circulating professional ideas, recognizing excellence within the PSYOP Regiment, and commemorating the memory of Psychological Operations troops who have paid the ultimate price in defense of American ideals.

This August we are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of Psychological Operations with an opening ceremony for a museum display of PSYOP artifacts in the JFK Hall Atrium at SWCS. This display will remain in place for the month of August.   We would like to thank the JFK Museum curator, Roxanne Merritt, and her staff for their assistance in making this happen. We would also like to thank the generosity of the PSYOP Regimental Piper, Mr. Doug Elwell, for his loan of many of the artifacts you will see which come from his personal collection.

In conjunction with this event, the PRA is announcing that this year is the year of our rebranding. The National Executive Council has changed the PRA logo to reflect the enduring legacy of the Regiment that came from modest beginnings and extends beyond the four existing PSYOP groups of today. Last year the PRA acknowledged the historical ties of PSYOP and military deception by inviting the author of The Ghost Army of World War II, Rick Beyer, to speak at the Regimental Dinner in 2017.   The Council also changed the annual and lifetime membership certificates, and updated the association by-laws. The new logo can be seen on the invitation to the August 1st museum display opening ceremony. The newly designed lifetime certificate will be sent out soon to all paid life-time members and the by-laws are in the final rewrite.

We are also excited that the PRA Fort Bragg Chapter is starting up. Local Chapters are the best way for members to be involved in the PRA. The goals and aspirations of the PSYOP Regimental Association can best be served by Chapters in the field, which are organized and activated to build a network of motivated and interested members in their local areas. The fraternal bond formed by shared experiences can be found only at Chapter level, where the commonalities of environment, mission, locality and structure create a positive atmosphere of mutual understanding and respect. Ultimately, the true strength of the Association will be determined by the active Chapters and their programs. We encourage other current and former PSYOP and associated MOS Soldiers to start a local chapter in order to provide an environment to continue the PSYOP fraternal bond.

We, the National Executive Council hope that you will celebrate the 100th Anniversary of Psychological Operations with us. If you are not local to Ft. Bragg we encourage you to get together with other PSYOP and related MOS Soldiers in your area to commemorate this important historical event. We also hope you will join the PRA during our rebranding year.

 

Neil Heupel

President, PRA

         
 

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Ethos, Pathos, Logos,
-Neil Heupel, President

 
         

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