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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.


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.


  • 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
    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...

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