Army display planned for Super Cruise

Salem Super Cruise officials held a planning session on the sidewalk across from city hall Wednesday morning to discuss the placement of a U.S. Army medical triage and psychological operations (psyops) display and the Marlboro Volunteers’ 44-foot mobile museum which takes visitors through all of America’s wars. The two displays will be located in front of city hall along with the Salem Police Department’s K-9 vehicle. The 12th Super Cruise runs from June 8-11 and pictured, from left, are Gene Johnson of the Cruisin’ Crew, U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Zach Harvey, Staff Sgt. Kevin Swiger, both from the Alliance Army Recruiting Center, Service Safety Director Ken Kenst, who manages the city-run event, Mick Orosz, the concession manager, while Mark Turner, manager of the Marlboro Volunteers, talks with Salem Police Chief J.T. Panezott. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)

SALEM — The U.S. Army recruiting center in Alliance will have an official Army display at the 12th annual Salem Super Cruise set for June 8-11.

During a Wednesday morning meeting, Sgt. 1st Class Zach Harvey and Staff Sgt. Kevin Swiger from the Alliance Army Recruiting Center met with Service Safety Director Ken Kenst, Police Chief J.T. Panezott, Gene Johnson of the Cruisin’ Crew, Mark Turner of the Marlboro Volunteers, and Mick Orosz, cruise concession manager.

The Super Cruise is known for four nights of solid cruising in downtown Salem, is free to the public and benefits 10 food pantries in Columbiana County.

The meeting was held on the sidewalk across the street from city hall, in the approximate area where the two displays will be set up.

Swiger said an Army medical triage tent and a psychological operations (psyops) Humvee will be on display from a Twinsburg reserve unit.

The Marlboro Volunteers, which is not affiliated with any other organizations, has a 44-foot semi trailer, a mobile museum which draws a timeline through all of America’s wars, from the French-Indian War through the modern day, that will be on display.

“It has uniforms and webgear,” Turner, from Alliance, said, “it steps you through that 240 year time.”

The website ( said, “Our mission is not political, but simply to represent all men and women who have served our country, with the highest honor, for the past 200 years.”

The display represents all branches of the U.S. military services.

“Freedom isn’t free,” Turner said, adding the Marlboro Volunteers are assembling about half a dozen vehicles, including a Vietnam War 5-ton guntruck and a deuce-and-a-half truck for the Super Cruise.

Swiger said the U.S. Army display will be “relatively expensive,” especially the psyops unit.

Psyops unit specialists are primarily responsible for the analysis, development and distribution of intelligence used for information and psychological effect.

Job duties include research and analysis to formulate methods of influencing foreign population from a variety of information sources

According to, the units operate and maintain equipment such as ground tactical vehicles and shelter systems, loudspeaker systems, state of the art computers, analog and digital recording and playback devices and communication systems.

They travel to overseas locations in peace, crisis and conflict to assist U.S. and foreign governments, militaries and civilian populations.

Swiger noted there will also be all kinds of medical equipment from the medical unit.

“We’re going to hang out and a part of the community,” he said about attending the Super Cruise.

He said they would like to bring something bigger next year like the interactive semi that he said, “is really cool.”

Panezott said the police department will have a display that will feature its K-9 vehicle.

He also noted that if it’s approved there will be an officer posted to the area for after-hours security on the two displays.