95th Civil Affairs Brigade
Civil affairs units support military commanders by working with
civil authorities and civilian populations in the commander’s area of operations
during peace, contingency operations and war.
Used during both conventional and special operations, civil
affairs forces have a vital role and are capable of assisting and supporting
the civil administration during operations.
Civil affairs specialists identify critical requirements needed
by local citizens in war or disaster situations. They also locate civilian resources
to support military operations, help minimize civilian interference with operations,
support national assistance activities, plan and execute noncombatant evacuation,
support counterdrug operations and establish and maintain liaison with civilian aid
agencies and other nongovernmental organizations.
In support of special operations, these culturally-oriented,
linguistically-capable Soldiers may also be tasked to provide functional expertise for
foreign internal defense operations, unconventional warfare operations and direct action
The functional structure of civil affairs forces and their expertise,
training, and orientation provide a capability for emergency coordination and
administration where political-economic structures have been incapacitated.
Tactical civil affairs was provided to military commanders during
Operation Just Cause in Panama, Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in
Southwest Asia, support to the restoration of the Panamanian government infrastructure
during Operation Promote Liberty, management of Haitian refugee camps at Guantanamo Bay
and stateside natural disaster assistance in the aftermath of hurricanes Andrew and Iniki.
Civil affairs experts were also called on to help rebuild the Haitian
civilian infrastructure during Operation Uphold Democracy. They also participated in NATO
peacekeeping operations in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Kosovo.
More recently, Civil Affairs units have deployed with ground combat
units in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom to assist the Afghan and
Iraqi people in rehabilitating their societies after the Global War on Terrorism brought an
end to decades of war and oppression in those countries.
Civil affairs Soldiers continue to play critical roles in the global
peace and stabilization and reconstruction of both countries and they continue to provide
support for ongoing missions in countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Georgia and Yemen.