U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers Sgt. 1st Class Alberto Torres and Sgt. Robert Oles, both assigned to the 353d Civil Affairs Command, talk about their experience serving as first responders in New York on September 11, 2001. On this day, 20 years ago, Citizen Soldiers were on the scenes, searching for survivors, helping the injured, and assisting in recovery operations.
In this quarter's wrap up, Army Reserve Soldiers from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion conduct community relations in Sackets Harbor, New York, to build rapport with the police department, fire department, and city utilities providers. The 353d Civil Affairs Command say farewell to ten Soldiers during a retirement ceremony. The combined years of service of the retirees is greater than the age of the United States Army, when it was established in 1775. On September 11, 2001, Soldiers from the 353d Civil Affairs Command were at ground zero serving as first responders following the terrorist attack in New York.
U.S. Army Maj. Richard Schultz, chaplain for the 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, speaks about the efforts he and his team took to collect donations from the Green Bay, Wisconsin, area and transport them to the Team Rubicon warehouse at the National Guard Armory in Sparta, Wisconsin, to then be sorted and brought to Fort McCoy, Sept. 14, 2021. The Department of Defense, through U.S. Northern Command, and in support of the Department of Homeland Security, is providing transportation, temporary housing, medical screening, and general support for at least 50,000 Afghan evacuees at suitable facilities, in permanent or temporary structures, as quickly as possible. This initiative provides Afghan personnel essential support at secure locations outside Afghanistan. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Rhianna Ballenger, 55th Signal Company)
Community relations can be a valuable asset, which is why U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, located near Syracuse, New York, are speaking with police, fire department, and department of public works in Sackets Harbor, New York. The plan is to develop a working relationship to protect and serve their community.
Command Sgt. Maj. Andrew Lombardo, U.S. Army Reserve Command, speaks about the changes and implementation of the new ACFT 2.0. The U.S. Army challenges all Soldiers to pass the ACFT at the gold standard. The ACFT will strengthen our fitness culture, reduce injuries, and increase Army readiness. COVID19 has had an enormous impact on our nation and on our Soldiers. Leadership has assessed the situation and adjusted our implementation of the ACFT across the force. As a result of that assessment, we now introduce ACFT “2.0,” which will physically prepare us all for combat. ACFT 2.0 is the Army’s continuous effort to assess and evolve the ACFT by reviewing its scoring standards and alternate events. Performance data will continue to inform modifications and updates over the next few years. The Army Reserve will remain open and transparent in our scoring standards. When changes are implemented, we will provide appropriate training guidance in our doctrine. For now, no adverse administrative actions will be taken against a Soldier for failing the ACFT. This guidance is in place at least through 31 March 2022.
U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) conducts a virtual change of command from Maj. Gen. Darrell Guthrie to Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Coggin, July 6.
A team of medics with the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion Functional Specialty Team, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa, conducted a Combat Lifesaver Course for a class of 16 members of the Italian Army, Navy, Air Force and Carabinieri (National Police) on Base Militar Italiano de Supporte, Jan. 14-18. (U.S. Air Force video by Senior Airman Kirsten Brandes)
The 353 Civil Affairs Command conducted a virtual Change of Command from Brig. Gen. Robert S. Cooley to Brig. Gen. Timothy Brennan 22 April 2020. Let us welcome Brig. Gen. Brennan as the new commander of 353 CACOM. Brig. Gen. Cooley moves on the become the chief of staff at Army Reserve Headquarters - Fort Bragg.
Triple ceremony brings a new command team to USACAPOC(A)
Maj. Gen. Isaac Johnson, Jr. passes the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (AIRBORNE) colors to incoming Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel Benedict, signaling Benedict’s assumption of responsibility as the senior enlisted advisor for USACAPOC(A) at the joint Change of Command, Change of Responsibility, Retirement Ceremony held August 13, 2022, at the main parade field, Ft. Bragg, NC. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Pfc. Anthony Till)
Aug. 16, 2022 - “Change of leadership, it’s always a bittersweet time” said Maj. Gen. Michael D. Roache, chief of staff, U.S. Army Reserve Command, addressing the Soldiers, Family members and friends gathered to celebrate the U.S. Army Civil...

Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility partners with Civil Affairs to conduct knowledge exchange with Djiboutian nurses
A Djiboutian nurse performs infant CPR on a mannequin during a knowledge exchange event at Dar El Hanan hospital, Djibouti City, Djibouti, July 21, 2022. Members of the Civil Affairs-Africa functional specialty team and the Camp Lemonnier Expeditionary Medical Facility educated 28 Djiboutian nurses in Basic Life Saving techniques, maternal care, and infant care during the knowledge exchange event. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Johns)
Aug. 4, 2022 - Members of Camp Lemonnier’s Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) collaborated with members of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), to conduct a knowledge exchange...

Excitement in the skies above Joint Base Cape Cod
U.S. Army Soldiers with the 404th Civil Affairs Battallion exit a Black Hawk (UH-60) Helicopter during Operation Viking at Joint Base Cape Cod, Mass., July 20, 2022. Operation Viking is an intense joint task force exercise designed to prepare Soldiers with realistic training simulating deployment of civil affairs units in direct support of a contingency operation in Africa. (U.S. Army Photo by Staff Sgt. Keith Thornburgh)
July 25, 2022 - CAPE COD, Mass. — The 360th Civil Affairs Brigade conducts Operation Viking, the only joint task force exercise in the Continental United States at Joint Base Cape Cod, July 17-31, 2022. Operation Viking is a high-intensity...

USACAPOC(A) Soldiers train with JLTV
Spc. Thomas Fanella, a civil affairs specialist from the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion, practices driving a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle at the simulator facility on Fort McCoy, Wis., July 20, 2022. The simulators allow Army Reserve Soldiers the opportunity to learn how the new vehicles operate while going through challenging virtual courses. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Zach Mott, 88th Readiness Division)
July 22, 2022 - After two days spent learning about the ins, outs, ups, downs, and all arounds of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, 12 Soldiers from the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion were able to start the engines and experience all the...

U.S. Africa Command special operations forces host medical civic action program in Ghana during African Lion
A Ghanan Army and U.S. Army Civil Affairs doctor diagnose a local civilian during a medical civic action program (MEDCAP) in Tamale, Ghana, June 11, 2022.  MEDCAPs serve as temporary field clinics to provide limited medical treatment to the local population. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sean Carnes)
July 13, 2022 - U.S. Army civil affairs members assigned to Special Operations Command Africa hosted a medical civic action program (MEDCAP) in Ghana’s Northern Region, June 11, 2022...

Command Post Exercise Functional (CPX-F) 22-02 Heats Up Army Reserve Civil Affairs Readiness
Army Reserve Soldiers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) converge at the Military Training Center on Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in June, 2022 for Command Post Exercise – Functional (CPX-F) 22-02 to develop their functional expertise within Civil Affairs (CA), Psychological Operations (PSYOP) and Information Operations (IO) elements supporting a division and corps-level staff.
June 30, 2022 - Army Reserve Soldiers stayed focused on their training despite the mid-western summer sun creeping the heat index to CAT 5 and challenging their generators to keep the Army tents cool and powered...

Pride Month Moment: Army Reserve Civil Affairs Officer reflects on Service and Family
Capt. Shannon Woodman, a civil affairs officer with the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion located in Newport, Rhode Island, poses with her puppy.
June 30, 2022 - Throughout the month of June, the Army recognizes the dedication of service to country from the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning service members and civilians within the DOD community. June is...

Foreign Defense Attachés visit USACAPOC(A)
Col. M. Straus Scantlin, assistant Chief of Staff G3/5/7, U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) facilitates the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) capabilities briefing held June 14, 2022, at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Defense Military Attachés representing 17 individual countries visited Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from Jul 13 – 15 and attended briefings at several of the major installation commands.
June 30, 2022 - U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Assistant Chief of Staff G 3/5/7, Col. M. Straus Scantlin, welcomed 18 Foreign Military Defense Attachés to the final briefing on their post tour of Ft...

Civil affairs team fosters enduring partnership with Agadez, Niger
U.S. Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group, say farewell to Abdourahamane Touraoua, the mayor of Agadez, during a meeting introducing a new civil affairs team from the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Agadez, Niger, June 16, 2022. Meetings like these serve as a platform to discuss current and ongoing issues in and around Agadez city while fostering an enduring partnership between the U.S. and the citizens of Niger. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chloe Ochs)
June 22, 2022 - U.S. Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion met with Abdourahamane Touraoua, the mayor of Agadez, during a farewell visit after completing their tour of duty in West Africa...

Enduring partnership: U.S. Soldiers create English discussion group in Niger
U.S. Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group, facilitate an English discussion group with students and young professionals from Agadez, Niger, May 14, 2022. These English discussion groups serve as a tool used by civil affairs to gather information and build rapport within the local community, strengthening a long-standing partnership between the U.S. and the citizens of Niger. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chloe Ochs)
June 6, 2022 - U.S. Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion recently created weekly English discussion groups with students and young professionals in Agadez, Niger...
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