Colonel Paul R. Haverstick, Jr. currently serves as the Director of the Defense Media Activity (DMA) at Fort Meade, Maryland. DMA is a mass media and education organization that creates and distributes Department of Defense content across a variety of platforms to audiences around the world.
DMA has broadcast origins that date back to World War II as well as new endeavors that operate on the leading edge of media. DMA’s operations span virtually every field of media platforms including video, print, photo, local radio, and interactive and socially responsible digital media. DMA’s responsibilities include DoD Production, Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS), Defense Visual Information, American Forces Network, Stars and Stripes, Public Web and the Defense Information School.
His previous assignment was as the Director of Outreach where he was the senior military advisor to the Assistant to the Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs for matters related to strategic outreach; community relations; corporate, business, and stakeholder engagement; outreach policy; entertainment, film, scripted and non-scripted documentaries and series; national sports league partnerships; digital and social media; and special outreach events.
His other public affairs assignments include being the Commander, American Forces Network - Europe in Sembach; Germany. the 1st Infantry Division/Regional Command-East Public Affairs Officer in Bagram, Afghanistan; and the Director of Public Affairs and Marketing for U.S. Army Cadet Command in Fort Knox, Kentucky.
As a career Army Public Affairs Officer, it is COL Haverstick’s responsibility to assess the communication environment, advise senior leaders on public affairs issues, assist them in making well-informed decisions, and translate the decisions into effective public affairs operations. He develops strategic, integrated communication plans to achieve desired objectives, and evaluate the effectiveness of the programs.
He received his commission as an Army second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of North Alabama in 1996. COL Haverstick’s civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and a graduate degrees in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from Georgetown University and Strategic Studies from the National War College.