8th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) Guidon
Description: A brown torch with two gold lighting flashes coming together at the top of an upright silver daggar with black handle; all above a green ribbon scroll inscribed with the 8th Psychological Operations Group Motto:
Symbolism: The torch is the classic symbol of light, learning and truth. The lightning bolts represent the psychological operations ability to strike anywhere as well as referring to the production and dissemination of audio and visual propaganda, At the juncture of the two lighting bolts is a silver dagger with a black handle; underlined by the traditional psychological operations colors of green and gray with the motto Decisive Influence
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.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.