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NEWS | Dec. 12, 2016

326th MPAD Promotes Officer

By Sgt. Hector Rene Membreno-Canales 326th Mobile Public Affairs Detatchment

Reading, Pa. – Dustin Gabus, the Executive Officer of the 326th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, was promoted to the rank of captain during a ceremony Saturday, Dec. 10, at the U.S. Army Reserve Center in Reading, Pa.

During the ceremony, Maj. Jaison Bloom, the 326th MPAD Commanding Officer, promoted Gabus by pinning the rank to his uniform with friends and colleagues present.

“This is where I cut my teeth,” said Gabus when remarking about the multiple ceremonies, memorials, and briefings he’s conducted as a Public Affairs Officer in the 326th MPAD. "I’ve spent four years with this unit and have grown so much as a leader.”
Gabus, a native of Oklahoma City and a resident of Washington, D.C. earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2007 and enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve shortly after.

Subsequently, Gabus attended the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a Master of Arts in Journalism and Mass Comm. with a concentration in Strategic Communication.

“I feel blessed to have been able to contribute my background to the 326th’s mission,” said Gabus.

The 326th MPAD benefited from the experience and perspective Gabus provided when implementing standard operating procedures in social media and messaging from the Pentagon’s PAO doctrine.

The mission of the 326th MPAD is to be a modular, task-organizable unit, which provides the full range of Public Affairs services.

An MPAD is commanded by a major and includes 20 soldiers including one first sergeant, three captains, seven broadcast journalists (Military Occupational Specialty 46R), and eight print journalists (MOS 46Q). MPADs are charged with gathering and distributing media to both internal and external audiences. They may be expected to produce a newspaper, magazine, or a newscast. MPADs also serve to facilitate civilian media of all nationalities. They ensure the Army's policy of "maximum disclosure, minimum delay" is upheld. This is accomplished with press releases, response to Queries, and by aiding media with travel, lodging, meals, and Internet or phone connectivity.

Gabus will continue to serve as a PAO with the 214th MPAD located in Richmond, VA.