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.
2nd Psychological Operations Group Welcomes New Commander
Soldiers of 2nd Psychological Operations Group congratulate and welcome incoming commander Col. Lawrence E. Williams who took command of the group on November 5, 2022, at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. (US Army Photo Sgt. First Class Kevin Rayan)
Nov. 25, 2022 - “The change of command is a traditional ceremony, rich in symbolism and heritage.” With those words, the change of command between outgoing 2nd Psychological Operations Group (2POG) commander Col. James C. Slaughter, and...

USARC summit highlights modern training shift
Col. Kelly Johnson, G3, 3rd Medical Command (Deployment Support), brings his unit's capabilities into focus during the U.S. Army Reserve Command Training Summit held 27-29 July, 2022 at the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations headquarters, Fort Bragg, NC. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Sgt. 1st Class Lisa M. Litchfield)
Oct. 5, 2022 - Alignment of the U.S. Army Reserve Command’s training line of effort with the operational and readiness lines of effort was the focus of the USAR Enterprise Collective Training Summit held earlier this summer at the U.S. Army...

492nd Civil Affairs Battalion conducts Rising Phoenix Battalion March, Marche Internationale de Diekirch
A dodecuplet of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers with the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion march in unison during the Marche Internationale de Diekirch (MID) event in Buckeye, Arizona on September 18, 2022. The 492nd CAB conducted the MID event in order to build camaraderie and foster unit cohesion, and incentivizing completion with the MID award. (U.S. Army Reserve photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hernandez)
Sept. 23, 2022 - In a continuous effort to build its esprit de corps and culture, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers of the 492nd Civil Affairs Battalion (CA BN) in Buckeye, Arizona, conducted a road march event as part of a new yearly tradition on...

Realistic training yields real results for Civil Affairs
U.S. Army Soldiers from the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, 351st Civil Affairs Command, USACAPOC, huddle together to give a unit cheer after successfully conducting a comprehensive simulated training exercise designed to test their ability to assess a village and engage key leaders August 27, 2022, in Junction City, a part of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif. The National Training Center at Fort Irwin regularly hosts U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard troops who utilize the simulated villages, training areas and ranges to create realistic and relevant training events. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)
Sept. 23, 2022 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 351st Civil Affairs Command, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC), based out of Upland, California,...

Civil Affairs BN Builds Foundations at NTC
A U.S. Army non-commissioned officers from the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion, 351st Civil Affairs Command, USACAPOC, give feedback to a Soldier during a training scenario meant to test radio etiquette and reporting abilities August 27, 2022, in Junction City, a part of the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif.  Soldiers identified what they saw in a makeshift sand table and then used live radios to call in SALUTE reports to their peers; SALUTE reports are relayed over the radio during a patrol or mission in order to inform the chain of command of an encountered enemy’s size, activity, location and unit, as well as the time of the incident and any equipment the enemy might have. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Elizabeth O. Bryson)
Sept. 21, 2022 - U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 426th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), 351st Civil Affairs Command, United States Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC), honed their warrior tasks and skills...

Civil affairs veterinarian participates in Exercise Shared Accord 22 in South Africa
South African Defense Force Candidate Officer Connie Swanepoel and U.S. Army Maj. Sage Umpheries, both veterinarians, enjoy a short break between surgeries during a spay and neuter event at Empangeni Clinic during MEDREX 2022-South Africa, July 26, 2022. MEDREX is a medical training exercise, planned and executed by the United States Army Southern European Task Force, Africa, that allows the U.S. military to increase cooperation and overcome degraded environments and find effective medical resolutions. MEDREX 2022-South Africa is part of the larger Exercise Shared Accord taking place July 11-27, 2022 in the KwaZulu-Natal province. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Jeff Clements)
Sept. 8, 2022 - U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Sage Umphries, a veterinarian assigned to the 353rd Civil Affairs Functional Specialty Team, stationed at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, recently participated in Exercise Shared Accord 2022, a joint and...

U.S. Soldiers and allies certify in interagency humanitarian aid and disaster response
V Corps civil affairs, partners, and NATO Allies break into groups to discuss their action plans for their assigned simulated crisis during the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC) at Camp Kosciuszko, Poland, Aug. 23, 2022. U.S. Army V Corps civil affairs general staff section hosted the JHOC, a formal, comprehensive U.S. Government system’s course led by the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance intended for enhanced interagency integration. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Devin Klecan)
Aug. 26, 2022 - U.S. Army V Corps civil affairs general staff section hosted the Joint Humanitarian Operations Course (JHOC), a formal, comprehensive U.S. Government (USG) system’s course led by the U.S. Agency for International...

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...
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