Friday, April 8, 2011

Being Part of PSYOP: The Bigger Picture

Been kind of busy the past two weeks. On Monday I was sworn in to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in open court. The ‘main room’ is not as big as you might think, but being at the Bar in front of the 9 Justices is intimidating just the same.

Plane back was incredibly late and I’ve been running around playing catch up all week. What does this have to do with PSYOP/MISO?

Let’s see: Iraq and Afghanistan are still going strong, we’ve added Libya to the latest list of the ‘what the heck are we doing here conflicts’, the federal government is getting reading to shut down, and oh yes, taxes are due next week.
This morning I’m walking the Big Dog and we spot a guy next to car with a CA Purple Heart license plate. Seems he was a crew chief for “Dustoff”, Medevacs in RVN for two years and many of his ‘stops’ were places I’ve been as well. For two guys who never met each other, we hit off pretty well.

I also ran into a retired Navy Captain with Army SF experience (5th Group) in my class at the Supreme Court on Monday. In this day and age of economic uncertainty, 7x24 information connection and instant gratification it was comforting to spend time with other guys who had the military experience.

For those of us that have been in PSYOP/MISO the experience can be considered even more profound because our work has saved lives. The non-lethal effects of PSYOP/MISO on the battlefield and in the streets and airwaves have been proven to reduce friendly and civilian casualties in the long and short run.

So, on this day of looming US federal government closure, take a moment and reflect on your comrades and your missions. Remember those that are no longer with us and for just a moment, consider those on the front lines today and who will be there tomorrow.

Suddenly even the prospects of a billion dollar government closure don’t seem so profound.

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