POVA's Board consists of its elected officers and Trustees.  Every Board member is accessible to our fellow members by email.  If you have any questions, concerns or issues affecting your relationship with POVA or with any member of the Board, or if you'd like to recommend additions or changes to the content of our POVA website, please use the following email address(es) to contact us.  We are eager to hear from our members.  Questions or other matters related to the website should be referred directly to Chad Spawr who is serving as our interim Web guru (that is a big stretch, but it is what it is!).  We're always looking for ways to improve OUR website.


President & Interim Newsletter Editor


Company B, 6th PSYOP Battalion, 4th PSYOP Group (Viet-Nam), 1968-69
HHC, 1st PSYOP Battalion, 2d PSYOP Group (Ft. Bragg), 1969-70
Psychological Operations Veterans Association (POVA) 1988 to present

 Mr. Spawr joined the 6th PSYOP Battalion in September 1968 upon completion of his first tour of duty in Viet-Nam. He led the planning and execution of PSYOP support to the maneuver battalions of 2d Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division, and was frequently deployed to units in contact with hostile forces to provide language services as well as to use PSYOP capabilities to support American forces. He returned to the US in July 1969 and was assigned to HHC 1st PSYOP Battalion, 2d PSYOP Group.  In 1970, Mr. Spawr left Psychological Operations for the US Army Intelligence Command, where he performed Counterintelligence duties for the remainder of his military service.  A graduate of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and the Keller Graduate School of Management, he retired from a long career in Human Resources Management and Organizational Development, and currently operates a private consulting practcice based in Michigan.

An original  Charter Member and one of POVA’s original 5 founders, he has served as President on three occasions, and is a candidate for re-election for the 2018-2020 Biennium.

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First Vice President


Mr. Dietz, a Distinguished Military Graduate of Northeastern University (Boston), was commissioned a 2LT in Military Intelligence in August 1968. He served in the Republic of Viet Nam where he commanded a Radio Research PLT and functioned as a COMSEC Officer. In 1989, Mr. Dietz joined the 7th PSYOP Group as OIC of the FD (Strategic Intelligence) section. Other assignments at 7th POG included XO, S2 and S3. In September 1994 he assumed command of the 12th PSYOP BN, a job he held until October 1998. From July 1997 to February 1998 he served as the Deputy Commander of the Joint Information Campaign Task Force, Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Promoted to COL in November 1998 he was assigned as G2, 351st CA Command. In October 2001 he was assigned as IO Officer, USSOCOM, a post he held until his retirement in April 2002.  Subsequent to retiring Dietz graduated the US Army War College in July 2002. He served as a volunteer instructor for deploying PSYOP personnel at Fort Hunter Liggett in December 2003 and April 2005. He was elected Honorary Colonel of the PSYOP Regiment of the US Army in 2003 and served in the role until 2010. He authors: psyopregiment.blogspot

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Vice President Finance & Member Development


Mr. Hosier was assigned as a Tactical Broadcast Team Member, assigned to the 244th Co. 6th PSYOP Battalion in Vietnam.  In December 1967, the 244th Co. was reconstituted as the 7th PSYOP Battalion.  In March of 1968, Mr. Hosier was promoted to an Armed Propaganda Team Leader until he rotated out of Vietnam in April 1969.

Following his time in Vietnam, Mr. Hosier attended Ball State University in Muncie, IN and graduated in 1973, with degrees in Political Science & History, he also holds a degree in Logistics Finance from Emory University.  He held a very successful business career in logistic spanning over 35 years, working for various Fortune 500 companies and as a Logistics Consultant.

He is married to Marybeth Hosier and they currently live in Surf City, North Carolina

Vice President / Chaplain


Military Background
PFC, US Army, 13th PSYOP BN,  Fort Bragg, NC
SSGT, US Army,  4th PSYOP GP, Vietnam 2 tours
CPT-XO, US Army, 12th PSYOP CO, US Army Reserve MD
Major, US  Army Military Intelligence Officer, Retired
Tours, Vietnam, Bosnia, Counter Drug, others

Civilian Background
B.S. Journalism, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos TX
M.S. Communications, San Jose State University, San Jose California
Project Management Certified, George Washington University, WDC.
Master Gardner, Texas A&M Agrilife
Master Composter, Texas A&M Agrilife

Past Employment
 Management, Sales, Engineering

Current Activities
Speaker on Insect Hotels, Beneficial Insects, Plant Propagation
Speaker on Compost Activity
Speaker on Recycling
VP/Chaplain POVA
Writer for Perspectives Magazine

Married, 4 children, blended family
8 grand children

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Hammond Salley attended the University of Florida where he received an Army ROTC commission in the Infantry. During the next 21 years he had assignments throughout the United States, two tours in Germany and two tours in Vietnam. Hammond has served in Armored, Airborne and Mechanized Divisions as well as in Special Operations units. He is Airborne, Ranger and Special Forces qualified.

In 1967 he was the assistant S-3 of the 6th PSYOP Battalion when it became the 4th PSYOP Group and was in Saigon when the TET Offensive commenced. He was shortly reassigned to the Special Operations unit known as MACVSOG and sent to Forward Operations Base-3 (FOB-3) colocated at the Khe Sanh Combat Base during the siege of Khe Sanh. On his second tour in Vietnam, he was assigned to 24th Corps as the Deputy G-5 for PSYOP. After returning to CONUS, and after serving as the S-3 of the 1st Bn, 508th Infantry, 82nd Airborne Division, he was brought to the Division Staff as the Deputy G-5 for Civil / Military Operations.

After retiring from the Army, he started a second 20 year career as an aerospace analyst / project manager for McDonnell Douglas / Boeing. His initial assignment was on the design team for the C-17 troop / cargo transport aircraft. His later focus was on development of classified future defense related projects for Boeing's 'Phantom Works'.

In keeping with the family military tradition, his son Russell attended the Air Force Academy and his son Robert attended West Point.

Vice President Corporate Relations 


Curt Boyd was born in Framingham, Massachusetts. Col. Boyd was commissioned from Norwich University as an Infantry officer in 1984. From 1985 through 1991 he held a variety of Infantry assignments, from platoon leader through company commander. In 1992, Col. Boyd became a Psychological Operations officer and proceeded to language school in 1994 at the Defense Language Institute and graduate studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California before being assigned to a series of positions at the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne), serving as a detachment commander, group operations officer and battalion executive officer.  From the summer of 2007 to 2009, Col. Boyd commanded the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne). Prior to his retirement, COL Boyd served as Chief of Staff, USAJFKSWCS.

His civilian education includes a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies from Norwich University and a master’s in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School’s special operations and low-intensity conflict curriculum. From August 2005 to June 2006, Boyd completed a fellowship at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

His military awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal with oak leaf cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, Combat Infantryman Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge with bronze star, Pathfinder Badge and the Ranger Tab.  Col. Boyd is married to the former Carolyn Sage from Ashland, Massachusetts. They have two children.

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In October of 1965, I was drafted into the United States Army. I took my basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey.  Upon completion of Basic Training I was assigned to 2D Psychological Operations Group, HHC 13th Psychological Operations Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, as an offset printing pressman. In July of 1966, I received orders for deployment to Vietnam and was assigned to 26th Psychological Detachment. The detachment arrived via troopship in August and was assigned to the 6th Psychological Operations Battalion, 245th Company in Nha Trang. In November of 1966, the detachment was transferred to 6th Psychological Operations Battalion Headquarters in Saigon. My job was to print and produce leaflets. I eventually was promoted the rank of Specialist Fifth Class. In August of 1967, after serving my time in the Army, I was Honorably Discharged.

Upon my return to civilian life I eventually started a career in Law Enforcement.  I was appointed to the Suffolk County Police Department in Suffolk County, New York.  During my thirty years with the Police Department I was a Uniform Patrol Officer, Plainclothes Officer, and eventually promoted to Detective. After retiring from The Police department I worked twelve years as a part time Code Enforcement Officer for the Village of Bellport, New York.

I am Lifetime member of POVA and been a member since 1993. I have held the positions of Trustee, Vice President, and President. I was elected President in 2008 and held the position until 2016.  I am currently a Trustee.



Less than a year after he married, Howard Patrick was drafted into the United Sates Army and spent a few days under 11 months in Vietnam with the First Air Cavalry Division. After declining OCS because of the additional 10-month requirement of active duty, he was sent to NCO school, after which he was promoted to Sgt/E-5. In June of 1968, ten days after the birth of his daughter, Howard left for Vietnam and was assigned to the 1st Cav as a squad leader with a newly formed recon company, E-1-5.

While the mission of Echo Company, on paper at least, was primarily to gather information about the enemy without making direct contact, during the unit’s first year of operation it had the highest kill ratio of any unit in the division. Howard earned the Combat Infantry Badge before the end of his first week in Vietnam. Shortly before Christmas, he was transferred to the 2nd Brigade’s S-5 (Civil Affairs) unit as the NCOIC .  In addition to participating in regular civil affairs activities, his duties also included Psyop air missions, during which he worked closely with Chad Spawr. On his last leaflet drop mission, with only weeks to go before rotating back to the states, his helicopter came under fire by VC .51 caliber machine gun fire. Even though the engine was knocked out, the pilot was able to bring the chopper down without any casualties. After his discharge, Howard went back to work as a computer technician with IBM. He has over 20 years of experience in the computer and technical training fields, going from a maintenance and repair expert on medium and large-scale main-frame computer systems to a technical instructor providing his technical knowledge and expertise to other technicians. That was followed by establishing and running two private post-secondary technical schools.

Although not recognized and diagnosed until the early 1990’s, he displayed
symptoms of PTSD almost immediately after returning from Vietnam. In 1993
he entered his son’s coffee café and roasting business, and in 2012 he
self-published a Memoir about his experiences in Vietnam and dealing with
PTSD. In 2014, Howard reconnected with Chad after almost 45 years and
became a member of POVA and is now a lifetime member.

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Matt served in the Army from 1986 – 1989.   He served in the Operational Detachment (OPDET) A Co.  1st Psychological Operations Battalion as a 96F Psychological Operations Specialist.  He was stationed at FT Bragg and served on various missions in Honduras and Panama on Loudspeaker teams.  He is a Life member of POVA and currently serves as a Trustee.  He has been a Life member for a little over 2 years, works on several projects for POVA and actively works to recruit members for POVA.  Matt is a strong believer in the future of POVA.     






Rod is one of POVA's Charter Members, joining in 1988 and a continuing member ever since.  He was assigned to the 6th Psychological Battalion based in Bien Hoa from July 1969 to July 1970.   I was what was called a "Flyer", meaning I flew PSYOPS missions with the AIr Force and dropped leaflets and played pre-recorded messages on loud speakers. These missions were over III Corps and IV Corps.  During my time with the 6th Bn, I was sent to the field to work PSYOPS with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment based in Quan Loi, RVN.  During this time I performed helicopter missions as well as land operations to various villages in the area.  Upon my return to the States, I resumed my career in radio broadcasting at several radio stations around the country.   I have been a News Director in Boston, Philadelphia, Tampa and Denver.  I presently am a News Anchor at WBZ radio in Boston.