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Bragg Psy-Ops Group Distributes Leaflets To Afghan People

Posted November 8, 2001 11:23 a.m. EST

— Bombs, food and leaflets are dropping from the skies above Afghanistan. The unit behind those peace-keeping messages is based at Fort Bragg.

Soldiers of the Psychological Operations Command use their minds, skills and experience, not weapons, on the battlefield. For 12-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, soldiers print, sort and cut thousands of leaflets at a printing plant.

The messages are the soldiers' direct link to the Afghan people.

"What we're trying to do is essentially what Coca-Cola is doing," said Lieutenant Colonel Glenn Ayers of Psychological Operations Command. "You're trying to modify behavior. You're trying to target an audience to try to modify behavior."

More than 70 percent of the soldiers in Psychological Operations are in the Army Reserve. The unit at Fort Bragg is the only active group in the country.