THE 8TH PSYCHOLOGICAL
OPERATIONS GROUP (AIRBORNE)

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8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) Guidon

 

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Symbolism: The rough metal texture of the Psychological Operations insignia represents the endurance and strengtyh of the PSYOP discipline, its ability to influence all type of warfare, and strike anywhere with speed. the golden number "eight" honors the original unit symbol established in 2011. The black dagger asserts the Group's role as part of the Special Operations Forces cross functional team under U.S. Army Special Operations Command. The green color of the banner honors the Psychological Operations Regiment and the motto "Seize - Retain - Exploit" reinforces our Army's posture to force the enemy to respond to our actions. When seizing, retaining, and exploting the initiative/narrative, we compel the enemy to react continuously until driven into untenable position.

The 8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) or 8th PSYOP (A) is one of the United States Army's active military information support operations units alongside the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne).

The 8th POG (A) personnel (soldiers and civilian) include regional experts and linguists who understand the political, cultural ethnic, and religious subtleties of the target audience. They also include functional experts in technical fields such as broadcast journalism radio operations, print, illustration, interrogation layout operations, and long-range tactical communications.

The 8th POG (A) is capable of providing PSYOP support ranging from propaganda and product development, to media production, to strategic, operations, and tactical information dissemination. The 8th POG's organic media assets include light-to-heavy print production; audio production; amplitude modulated (AM), FM, and shortwave radio broadcasting stations; audiovisual production and dissemination; and tactical loudspeaker dissemination.

The 8th POG (A) is based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and is a part of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), under the United States Army Special Operations Command. (USASOC). The 8th POG was activated August 26, 2011 at Fort Bragg.

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8th PSYOP Group (A) Beret Flash

The 8th POG (A) is comprised of a Headquarters Company, 3 Regional Support Battalions,  and a PSYOP Tactical Battalion. With about 1100 soldiers and 57 civilian analysts in the entire group, the battalions are small with generally fewer than 200 soldiers, compared with a standard infantry battalion of about 750 soldiers.

The 2 Regional Support Battalions (RSB) are the 1st Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne), which supports Central and South America (SOUTHCOM) and the 5th Psychological Operations Battalion (Airborne) which supports the Pacific area covered by Pacific Command (PACOM).  The 9th Psychological Operations Battalion is the Tactical Battalion. Tactical PSYOP is that associated with "face-to- face" operations in support of maneuver units within the theater and is conducted by the Corps PSYOP Support Element (CPSE), Division PSYOP Support Element (DPSE), Brigade PSYOP Support Elements (BPSE) and by Tactical PSYOP Teams (TPTs). These elements enable tactical commanders to communicate directly with the enemy and foreign civilians. Tactical PSYOP elements disseminate products normally developed by the regional battalions or by the Psychological Operation Task Force (POTF). The 9th POB has worldwide responsibility for all tactical assets including loudspeakers, helicopters and vehicles.

Regional PSYOP is conducted at the strategic and operational levels and operates under the staff proponency of the Theater/Joint Task Force (JTF) J3. The regional PSYOP battalion commander develops and executes the CINC-JTF Commander's PSYOP campaign plan, and when directed by the Commander, 8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), provides the Joint PSYOP Task Force Commander.

Each Regional Battalion consists of a Headquarters Support Company, a PSYOP Development Company which is further broken down into a Plans Programs Detachment, a Target Audience Analysis Detachment and a Test Evaluation Detachment, and a Strategic Studies Detachment which includes civilians with language and cultural expertise in the region supported by the unit. The civilians provide long-term regional analysis and may deploy on missions.

The 8th POG (A) continues to provide PSYOP in support of named and classified operations to include Operations Sword of Honor, Enduring Freedom, Inherent Resolve, and Freedom Sentinel with more than 115 Soldiers deployed to more than 15 countries in the U.S. South Command, Africa Command, Pacific Command and Central Command areas of responsibility. These deployed Soldiers provide PSYOP expertise to Special Operations Forces, combatant commanders, U.S. Embassies and other government agencies throughout the world. The Soldiers are employing their expertise at the national, strategic and operational levels in support of the National Commands’ communication strategy.