Behind the curtains. We are Soldiers, trained by Soldiers. Every single Soldier is taught by another who went before them. It is an honor for us to serve. It is also an honor to mentor those who serve. The world and warfare has evolved. Information is weaponized. Maneuvering the battlefield becomes more complicated everyday and the demands for civil-military operators and information capabilities increase. To prepare for the challenge, we rely on previous real-world experience as well as challenging simulated environments, such as the National Training Center. Designed to portray near-peer threats that include conventional forces, insurgents, criminal activity, humanitarian crisis and civilians on the battlefield. Designed for Soldiers to win, to fail, to learn, to grow, and to focus. Designed to build cohesive teams and develop talented leaders. Designed to strengthen U.S. forces. U.S. Army trainers responsible for overseeing information related capabilities including Information Operations, Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations and other capabilities are consolidated under the “Ghost Team” at NTC. If you are interested in becoming an Observer, Coach / Trainer for Ghost Team email
U.S. Reserve Soldiers from the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Bravo Company took part in a community relations training exercise in Cooperstown, New York. The training involved actors from Cooperstown who played the roles of mayors, religious leaders, or civilians from fictitious nations dealing with ethnic and religious disagreements in order to create as close to a real environment as these Reserve Soldiers may experience in a deployed environment.
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.
353rd Civil Affairs Command leaders honor fallen PsyOp Soldier
Brig. Gen. Dean Thompson, commanding general of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command and Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford Lo visited the 326th Strategic Dissemination Company last week to meet the Soldiers, complete a ruck march and pay respects to a fallen Soldier.
Feb. 9, 2024 - The commanding general and command sergeant major of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command visited the 326th Strategic Dissemination Company last week to meet the Soldiers, complete a ruck march and pay respects to a fallen...

U.S. Army bolsters Polish army cadet development in Torun
U.S. Army Maj. James Porch, civil liaison team leader for Poland and soldier assigned to U.S. Army Reserve unit 308th Civil Affairs Brigade, cuts a ribbon on a plaque at a secondary school in Torun on Jan. 31, 2024. U.S. Army soldiers and Polish military cadets participated in a dedication ceremony honoring U.S. Army war hero Staff Sgt. Michael H. Olllis. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. Karen Sampson)
Feb. 2, 2024 - U.S. Army Soldiers supporting U.S. Army Garrison – Poland and V Corps joined Polish army cadets in leadership development at their secondary school, Jan. 31, 2024.During the visit, they held a ceremony dedicating a plaque to...

Promotion celebrates excellence in uniform, school administration
Brig. Gen. Dean Thompson speaks to journalists at Eagles Landing Middle School in McDonough, Georgia on January 25, 2024. He was there to promote the school’s principal, Malik Douglas, to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. “By virtue of being the principal of a large middle school and now being promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, Malik Douglas has demonstrated that gifted citizen soldiers can enjoy great success in both their military and their civilian careers by serving in U.S. Army Reserve units, such as the 353rd Civil Affairs Command,” said Thompson, commander of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command. “The U.S. Army’s Civil Affairs soldiers, like Lt. Col. Douglas, are the ones to whom the U.S. government entrusts its most complex civil-military missions that require empowering local populations and community-building, which is a similar function to what Dr. Douglas does here at Eagle’s Landing Middle School.” 

U.S. Army photo by Lt. Col. Brett Walker, Public Affairs Officer for the 353d CACOM
Jan. 31, 2024 - School principal, doctor in education, family man, and now lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army – Malik Douglas can do it all. Yesterday, January 25, 2024, Douglas pinned on his new rank in front of his wife, school...

Total Army approach to Yama Sakura 85
U.S. Army Col. Jeffery Schwab, the deputy commander of the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade, speaks during a civil affairs working group in Camp Asaka, Japan, Dec. 6, 2023. As a part of U.S. Army Pacific's Operation Pathways, the 43rd iteration of Yama Sakura exercise, YS 85, is the first U.S. Army, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, and Australian Army command post exercise based in Japan. Participants from the JGSDF and the Australian Army train together with Soldiers of the U.S. Army I Corps, 7th Infantry Division, 11th Airborne Division, U.S. Army Japan, U.S. Army Reserve and U.S. Army National Guard in a Joint environment to strengthen multi-domain and cross-domain interoperability and readiness to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Elijah Magaña)
Dec. 15, 2023 - A U.S.-Japan-Australian trilateral command post exercise, Yama Sakura 85 (YS 85), commenced as the largest iteration in its 42 years of history. As the rising sun emerges on the horizon, service members from each nation are...

Power in team building: Civil affairs command hosts NCOPDS Session
New York, NY - The 353rd Civil Affairs Command, a U.S. Army Reserve unit out of Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island, hosted 18 soldiers during a non-commissioned officer professional development system session here on December 2, 2023. The NCOPDS session allowed senior enlisted leaders within the command to participate in team building activities and share best practices to approve systems and processes within their respective unit elements. 

(U.S. Army Photo By Sgt 1st Class Gregory Williams/Released)
Dec. 15, 2023 - “If anybody has found the magic sauce, please share it with us because we haven't found it yet,” Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford Lo, senior enlisted advisor for the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, said as he sat looking outside of a...

Annual symposium bridges gaps across components, commands
U.S. Army Reserve, National Guard and U.S. Army V Corps senior leaders pose for a photo in front of V Corps Headquarters before the second annual Reserve Component Symposium in Fort Knox, Kentucky, Dec. 2, 2023. The second annual Reserve Component Symposium provided an ideal opportunity for commanders of relevant U.S. Army Reserve formations, state adjutants general, deputies and key staff to discuss challenges, opportunities, lessons-learned, and tactics, techniques and procedures with V Corps and U.S. Army Europe and Africa senior leaders and key advisors. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Javen Owens)
Dec. 8, 2023 - Around 40 V Corps, National Guard and U.S. Army Reserve senior leaders converged at “Victory Corps” Headquarters here Dec. 1-2 for a dynamic discussion of issues confronting Reserve Component organizations serving in the...

Army Reserve civil affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, strengthen partnerships
Capt. Dominique Mosbly, U.S. Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 Chief provides a Ghanaian youth with a personal hygiene product at a school in Northern Ghana. Team 21 coordinated with the Ghanaian Armed Forces to deliver multiple donations of personal hygiene products to children at several local schools in Northern Ghana during their deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.)
Dec. 4, 2023 - In an effort to strengthen partnership and promote stability across the African continent, U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs Soldiers have embarked on a series of nine-month rotations, deploying in support of U.S. Army Southern...

353rd CACOM supports New York City Marathon
Brig. Gen. Dean Thompson, commander of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command, greets supporters along the 26.2-mile route of the New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 5, 2023. Civil affairs soldier must be particularly adept at forging friendships and building trust within communities. While some of the soldiers of the 353rd CACOM support municipal, state and federal entities from their home station at Fort Wadsworth, New York (Staten Island), other 353rd CACOM soldiers are deployed to foreign locations providing expertise in civil-military operations to host governments and militaries.
Nov. 30, 2023 - The New York City Marathon begins in Staten Island, on the west side of the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. Famously, the 26.2 mile run route winds through all of New York City’s five boroughs, but it starts right here at the...

American and Ghana military provide medical care to civilians
U.S. Army Lt. Col. Glenna Bergland, public health nurse, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, listens to senior leaders from the Ghana Armed Forces during a medical event as part of exercise African Lion 2023 (AL23) near Yendi, Ghana, June 3, 2023. Ghana and U.S. medical personnel provided free health screenings and medical treatment to civilians from the local community during a medical civic action program. This program served as an opportunity for the partnered medical providers to build rapport and cultural awareness with the local community. Eighteen nations and approximately 8,000 personnel will participate in AL23, U.S. Africa Command's largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia from May 13 – June 18, 2023. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Nathan Baker)
Oct. 27, 2023 - Medical providers from the U.S. Army's 352nd Civil Affairs Command out of Fort Meade, Maryland, and their counterparts from the Ghana Armed Forces partnered together to bring healthcare to local citizens living near Yendi,...

353rd CACOM expands capabilities to include psychological operations
Oct. 20, 2023 - The 353rd Civil Affairs Command assumed mission command of the 2nd Psychological Operations Group this week in Fort Wadsworth, New York. The 2nd POG will maintain the same mission, but with the added support of being...
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Brig. Gen. Dean Thompson
Commanding General – 353rd Civil Affairs Command

Command Sgt. Maj. Clifford K. Lo
Command Sergeant Major, 353rd Civil Affairs Command