The Honorary Colonel (HCOR) and the Honorary Sergeant Major (HSGMOR) of the Regiment provide a living link to the Regiment's historical and operational significance for today's Soldiers. The primary mission of these special appointees is to perpetuate the prestige, heraldry, history and traditions of the Regiment, thereby enhancing unit morale and esprit.
Current Honorary Colonel of the Psychological Operations Regiment
COL (RET) Jeffrey Scott
Current Honorary Sergeant Major of the Psychological Operations Regiment
CSM (RET) David Lambert
The duties of an HCOR, HWOOR, and HSGMOR are ceremonial and do not
conflict with the chain of command. Attendance at Regimental functions is by invitation, and participation is encouraged. Examples of activities for which their presence would be desirable include change of command ceremonies, award ceremonies, speaking engagements at unit functions, formal events, and assisting in historical professional development programs for officers and NCOs.
The HCOR and HSGMOR honorary leadership appointment will be for three years, extendable for up to four years by the USAJFKSWCS Commanding General. Each tour may be terminated earlier by either the appointing authority or incumbent following 30 days advance notice.
The criteria for selection for an honorary position are:
(1) Must be a member of the respective Regiment.
(2) Must have retired with the requisite rank for the honorary position, as detailed below:
- The HCOR is a distinguished retired colonel or above with former service in a unit of the Regiment. The HCOR oversees other honorary positions. The HCOR may also act as a liaison between his or her Regiment and a Regimental association (private organization) if one exists.
- The HSGMOR is a distinguished retired NCO in the rank of sergeant first class or above, with prior service in a unit of the Regiment. The HSGMOR may also act as a
liaison between his or her Regiment and a Regimental association (private organization) if one exists.
The United States Army’s Psychological Operations Regiment can trace its lineage to World War II, when Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower established the Information and Censorship Section of the Allied Forces Headquarters, Europe. In that section, Brig. Gen. Robert A. McClure consolidated several functions for which most Army officers had little preparation: public relations, censorship and psychological warfare.
Psychological operations were used extensively by all sides during World War II, Korea and Vietnam. PSYOP supported Operation Urgent Fury in Grenada and Operation Just Cause in Panama. During Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm, PSYOP supported coalition forces and helped destroy Iraqi forces in southern Iraq and Kuwait. Since Desert Storm, PSYOP Soldiers have supported operations worldwide, ranging from humanitarian assistance and peacekeeping during Operation Provide Promise in Bosnia-Herzegovina, to counterdrug operations in South America and Asia, to demining operations around the globe.
Since the 9/11 attacks, the PSYOP Regiment has been heavily engaged in Afghanistan, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, the Philippines and other areas around the globe. On Oct. 16, 2006, PSYOP became an official branch within the Army. The members of the PSYOP branch continue to support special-operations forces, geographic combatant commanders and other U.S. government agencies, meeting the needs of our nation in operations throughout the world.
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