Coalition Press Information Center

Coalition Press Information Center

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The Coalition Press Information Center is a centralized media information center that was established during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

Operation Iraqi Freedom

During the preparations for Operation Iraqi Freedom a CPIC was established at the Kuwait City Hilton, (actually located outside Kuwait City proper in the district of Mangaf). The CPIC was staffed by members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines; the British Army, Royal Marines and Royal Air Force and the Australian Army. The CPIC director was US. Army Colonel Guy T. Shields. The deputy director was British Army Lieutenant Colonel Robert Partridge.

A CPIC is normally responsible for delivering press releases and casualty reports, conducting news conferences, arranging interviews, and escorting media to newsworthy events. With the expectation that Kuwait City would be once again invaded by Iraqi forces, Coalition Forces Land Component Command established its headquarters in Doha, Qatar and the CPIC in Kuwait City ceded to the commanders in Qatar its authority to release any information to the media.

The CPIC was established at the Kuwait Hilton in early February, 2003 by the 22nd MPAD, an active duty U.S. Army unit based out of Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 318th PAOC, a U.S. Army Reserve unit based out of Forest Park, Illinois, took over operation of the CPIC on February 22, 2003. Before the CPIC ceased...
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