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NEWS | Aug. 19, 2016

Learning is a journey: Reserve Soldier is a traveler

By Sgt. Rebecca Newton 354th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment



Story by Sgt. Rebecca Newton

206th Broadcast Operations Detachment 

By Sgt. Rebecca Newton
206th Broadcast Operations Detachment

Fort Meade, Md. - The U.S. Army Reserve needs specially trained communications and journalism Soldiers to tell the Army story. Staff Sgt. Samuel Bayle is helping to fill the void by re-classing to become a 46R, broadcast specialist.

Currently in training at the Defense Information School, Bayle, of the 354th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment, Pittsburgh, Pa. is learning broadcast writing, announcing, radio operations, as well as video techniques and editing. While he performs a lot of communication and writing during his civilian job as a Pennsylvania State Trooper, Bayle is learning a new style of writing.

DINFOS instructors teach 46R students to write for the ear, rather than for the eye. That way, listeners can better understand the message. “The instructors are amazing. I had no previous experience in this, and I learned a lot,” Bayle says, reflecting on the instruction.

Although he had never before seen the inside of a radio studio, Bayle says he now has the skills to conduct his own radio show. “It was intense [radio training], but it was a lot of fun,” he says.

“Training like this reminds me how to be a well rounded Soldier, and I can take that back to my unit,” he exclaims.

During his twenty-four years in the military, Bayle has been a petroleum supply specialist, logistics supply specialist, water treatment specialist and motor transport operator. Bayle thinks public affairs is right up his alley.

If all works out, Bayle will use his new military occupational skills to possibly become a public affairs officer for the state police. As he nears retirement from the state, Bayle feels confident that the training received at DINFOS will improve his chances of doing some public affairs work in his retirement.

Bayle loves playing football, softball, hunting, fishing and time alone time on his 70-acre property. He also enjoys time with his wife and their three children.

“Military – family – job: it’s a balance, but they all compliment each other,” he says.