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)
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.
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.
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.
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...

U.S. service members deliver school and medical supplies to village in Niger
U.S. Army 1st Lt. Jackson Weidner, a civil affairs team leader assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group (AEG), speaks to a school administrator regarding the village economy of Azel Ecole, Niger, May 11, 2022. Members from the 409th AEG delivered school and medical supplies to Azel Ecole, the largest school in the area northeast of Agadez city. Relationships built during these events provide the opportunity for increased engagement and partnership with the community to increase stability, enable local governments, and improve the quality of life for Niger citizens. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chloe Ochs)
June 6, 2022 - U.S. service members assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group recently visited Azel Ecole, home to the largest school in the area northeast of Agadez city - hosting 266 students in both primary and secondary school...

U.S. civil affairs service members strengthen partnerships in Niger
A U.S. Soldier from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion, assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group, plays soccer with children from the village of Attimick, Niger, during an engagement between his team and the village chief, May 18, 2022. These engagements 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. service members assigned to the 409th Air Expeditionary Group recently met with the village chief of Attimick, Niger, and discussed ways to achieve sustainable economic growth for the village and its residents...

U.S. Air Force and Army medical team conducts joint casualty evacuation drill in Niger
The 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron’s ground surgical team treats a mock casualty during a casualty evacuation drill at Air Base 201, Niger, May 18, 2022. This training serves to measure the installation’s level of readiness and to ensure the base medical team is prepared to respond to any emergency in a moment’s notice. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Chloe Ochs)
June 6, 2022 - U.S. Soldiers from the 404th Civil Affairs Battalion recently conducted a casualty evacuation drill with Airmen from the 724th Expeditionary Air Base Squadron’s ground surgical team at Air Base 201, Niger...

Audacious Warrior EOD exercise boosts joint service ties
Staff Sgt. Brian Goergen, an explosives ordnance disposal technician from the 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom ARB, Ind., uncovers potential explosives during a training event May 18, 2022, at Fort McCoy, Wis. Airmen, Marines and Soldiers from a range of units and career fields participated in the Audacious Warrior exercise with participation.
June 6, 2022 - Airmen, Marines and Soldiers from a range of units and career fields participated in an exercise focusing on explosive ordnance disposal at Fort McCoy and Volk Field on May 15-25...

Fort Carson Army Reserve unit a conduit to foreign communities
Civil Affairs Soldiers conduct Veterinary Civic Action Program (VETCAP) missions to strengthen capabilities of community animal health workers, ensure livestock health, enhance agriculture and economic stability, and develop trust and confidence with partner nations in June 2020. (Courtesy)
June 6, 2022 - Fort Carson community members may not know it, but a group of Army Reserve Soldiers gather at a relatively modern building on the post’s south side once a month...

Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage contributes to civil affairs success
Sgt. Qurat Ain dons her cap and gown during her graduation ceremony. She graduated Spring 2022 from the University of Maryland with a BS in Computer Science. Ain is a Civil Affairs Soldier in the 443rd Civil Affairs Battalion, located in Newport, Rhode Island. She was highlighted as part of a series during Asian American/Pacific Islander Month.
May 31, 2022 - Although culture is celebrated year-round, May is Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. According to the Asian Pacific Heritage website (https://asianpacificheritage.gov/), it was chosen to commemorate the...

U.S. military, Djiboutians champion Women, Peace and Security at co-hosted event
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Jami Shawley, incoming commander of the Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA), takes a selfie with participants of a Women, Peace and Security workshop at the Palace Kempinski, Djibouti, May 8, 2022. The workshop focused on collaboration with the Ministry of Women and Family to update Djibouti's WPS National Action Plan (NAP). WPS is an integral component of U.S. Africa Command’s effort enhancing African partner capability and enabling U.S. security cooperation to better leverage contributions by both men and women. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lynette M. Rolen)
May 12, 2022 - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) co-hosted a Women, Peace and Security (WPS) workshop with the Djiboutian Ministry of Women and Family at the Palace Kempinski, Djibouti, May 8, 2022...

Area Support Group-Black Sea contributes firefighting equipment to Mokren Command
Soldiers from the U.S. Army and Bulgarian Land Forces present a portion of the firefighting equipment after a hand-over event between U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to Area Support Group-Black Sea and Bulgarian Land Forces soldiers assigned to 32450 Mokren Command at the Mokren Command headquarters, Bulgaria, April 27, 2022.The hand-over event was facilitated by U.S. Army Soldiers assigned to 407th Civil Affairs Battalion following a request made by the 415th Civil Affairs Battalion in 2021. Bulgaria is a steadfast and gracious host, and the U.S. is honored to continue our long-term cooperation through engagements such as bilateral exchanges to improve partnership interoperability. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Dean Johnson)
May 12, 2022 - In an effort to enhance capabilities and interoperability throughout the Novo Selo Training Area ranges, Area Support Group-Black Sea fulfilled an order of equipment to the firefighter section of 32450 Mokren Command,...
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