Magazine article Army

Delivering the Message

Magazine article Army

Delivering the Message

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SSgt. Kevin Hanebrink, a tactical psychological operations team leader, wades into crowds of Iraqis of all ages, handing out newspapers and other literature. He is seemingly unafraid of being harmed by masses of mostly curious and occasionally angry people in a place where some of them still want to kill an American soldier.

"My feeling is that it's more dangerous at my regular job," he said. SSgt. Hanebrink is a police officer in the St. Louis County, Mo., Police Department, and he normally works as a one-officer patrol, alone in a single patrol car. "Here, I travel with three trucks, and I have at least five heavily armed soldiers around me," he explained.

SSgt. Hanebrink is a U.S. Army Reserve soldier, assigned to the 318th Psychological Operations Company at Jefferson Barracks, Mo. He and his team were mobilized for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and they were assigned to support the 1st Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). Having played a key role in the battalion's combat operations, the team now is an essential component in the stabilization and security operations currently ongoing in Iraq.

Information is a major element of everything the Army is doing to help rebuild Iraq as U.S. forces struggle to knock down rumors, cancel out disinformation and try to win over the people by showing how many ways that Americans are trying to help them and their country.

Although psychological operations teams use a variety of printed products and other means to get out the message, SSgt. …

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