POVA 2.0!

by Mike Stoeckert, POVA President

Over the past several years POVA has admittedly been on a slow decline. But we're coming back now, stronger than ever.

Co-founder and Past President Chad Spawr and I recently had a conversation about the POVA's future. We decided to build on current successes and to rebuild POVA to the great Association that it has been.

Chad has put a lot of effort so far in the rebuilding. He's made a lot of contacts with the 4th Group at Fort Bragg in rebuilding our relationship with them and exploring the future relationship with PYSOP Regimental Association.

He's also outlined a summary of what we need to do to rebuild this great Association and sent that to members in an email.

Since that email we've gained 13 new members. We're seeking your active support to become part of that rebuilding.

More information follows.


As part of POVA's efort to develop closer bonds with Ft. Bragg, three of our officers attended the recent 6th Military Information Support Battalion (MISB) change of command ceremony on Meadows Field, Ft. Bragg, NC.

They were, from left, Rich Hosier, Preident Mike Stoeckert, LTC Michelle Tope, new 6th MISB Commander, and POVA co-founder and Past President Chad Spawr.

Psyop Regiment
Honors POVA Founders

McClure Gold Medallion winner Chad Spawr and SFC Roberts discuss the history of the “Litter Bug” logo created by the 246th PSYOP Company, which later became the 6th Battalion in Viet-Nam.

The US Army Psychological Operations Regiment, the premier advocate for our craft, has honored two of POVA's founders with its highest award, the McClure Medallion.

The Regiment bestowed its highest award, the Gold Medallion, on co-founder and Past President Chad Spawr.

The Bronze Medallion went to co-founder and Past President, the late John H. "Jack" O' Neil.

The Award is named for Major General Robert Alexis McClure, the father of modern Psychological Operations.

The Regimental Honors, Awards and Affiliation Program is intended to recognize those who have contributed to the welfare of the Civil Affairs, Special Forces and Psychological Operations regiments, active or reserve component, as Department of the Army civilians, or in a private capacity.

The program further serves as a link between members of the regiments currently serving and those who have separated from service, but continue to advance the interests of their respective regiments.

These recognized individuals serve as role models, advocates and public examples to all members of the regiments. Through their sterling example, they enhance unit morale,

  Spawr Nomination

O'Neil Nomination

cohesion and esprit, and promote the war-fighting ethos, unwavering sense of pride and selfless service of today's Soldiers.

Nominees may be active, retired or former officers, warrant officers or enlisted Soldiers who have graduated from the Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations or Special Forces qualification courses (or been awarded the Special Forces tab) and have served in their respective regiment. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the success of their regiment on the battlefield and/or to the training and qualification of new members of the regiment. To Nominate.

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