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Public affairs Soldiers do it all

March 14, 2010 | Sergeant A.M. LaVey

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

 

Public affairs Soldiers do it all.

One of my instructors at the schoolhouse said that this is the best job in the Army. While I am sure most MOSs say that, I truly believe this to be true. Most days, whether they are deployed or back in garrison, will always be different. For example, my old job as a combat sewing machine operator, I went to work maintained a certain number of parachutes and went home. Sometimes there were variations, but usually not.

What have I done here in Haiti? What HAVEN'T I done? Exactly. This MOS provides you with so many opportunities to see things you might not have seen before or experiences if you were a 92Y supply clerk or what have you. While here I have been in a number of helicopters high above the skies of Port-au-Prince, on Navy ships, met with foreign troops, celebrities ... so many things.
 

Recently I did a tour for new Soldiers arriving in Haiti, because during my time here, I have gotten to know Port-au-Prince very well. Plus as a 46-series, I can do any job for a day, while profiling other Soldiers. I have been a chaplain's assistant, a mechanic, cook, finance clerk, helo crew chief, and mortuary affairs specialist. I have been a medical tent where Army medics have delivered babies. What other MOS can do that?
 

Pretty much - none.
 

Some people don't leave base. I can't stand to be on base. So much to cover here.
I am in the process of leaving Haiti and I am very sad, this has been my home for the last two months. I hope the incoming public affairs staff from the 11th Public Affairs Detachment and US Army South have an appreciation for this mission and for Haiti and her people.

AML

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de L'Assomption, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de L'Assomption, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

An American Soldier speak with a local boy outside LSA Dragon, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

A fisherman wades ashore near Jeremie, Haiti, on the southwestern claw of Haiti.

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de L'Assomption, Port-au-Prince, Haiti.


2 Comments

  • Alice Teh
    3/14/2010 7:11 PM
    You're multi-talented! I'm a PA (personal assistant) turn corporate planning executive who has also done jobs as a clerk, bank officer, media planner, and volunteered as a photographer and writer for my church magazine. :)

    Great work in Haiti!
  • Rod
    1/13/2013 6:08 AM
    Hi,
    Enjoyed your comments and photos.
    I'm waiting to see if a 46Q becomes available for Active Army. I would sure like to know some specific examples of the type of writing that this job requires. If anyone would have some knowledge or ideas, let me know.

    Appreciate it...
    Rod

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