Multimillion-Dollar Psy Ops Facility Opens In Fort Bragg
Posted July 1, 2003 10:35 a.m. EDT
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — TV and radio broadcasts may not seem like good weapons of war, but Army officials said they have proven to be successful in Afghanistan and Iraq. A multimillion-dollar facility will increase the effectiveness in getting the sorts of messages out.
On post Monday, Fort Bragg leaders opened a new $8 million media operations complex to help with their production. New equipment like printing presses are already in place. More high-tech equipment will be added over the next five years.
"All our work will be done in digital format so that will increase our quality of products and timeliness of our products," said Col. James Treadwell, commander of the 4th Psychological Operations group.
Even though the wars are over in Iraq and Afghanistan, officials said the missions are not over. Every day, soldiers are producing new messages to be sent out in both countries.
The new facility and all its space is expected to increase the support they provide to warfighting commanders.
"Over the past few years, the military and the rest of the world has realized the importance of Psy Ops and how it's a major factor in winning the wars we get involved in," said Sgt. Dan Millbauer, an Army broadcast journalist.
Psychological Operations soldiers at Fort Bragg have recorded more than 20,000 radio hours for broadcast in Iraq and Afghanistan. They have also made more than 150 million leaflets for use in Iraq.