Welcome to the official website of the

General Winfield Scott Medallion

U.S. Army Special Operations Center of Excellence

 

 

Honorary Colonel

Honorary Sergeant Major

Honorary Colonel of the Civil Affairs Regiment

General Winfield Scott Award

Honorary Sergeant Major of the Civil Affairs Regiment

Dennis J. Cahill

William Grocott

Colonel Command Sergeant Major
     

About the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Regiment

The U.S Army has long recognized the importance of working with local civilian authorities and populations during overseas operations. Civil Affairs undertakes that mission.

United States Army Civil Affairs traces its roots to the Revolutionary War, when elements of the Continental Army helped re-establish governance in areas formerly occupied by British forces, and to our country's first experience using military power in extended conflict on foreign soil, when General Winfield Scott established a military government in Central Mexico in 1847. Modern Army Civil Affairs dates back to World War II, when the Army organized units to address the needs of the local population during and immediately after combat operations and to implement military government functions in the occupations of post-war Europe and Japan.

Recognizing the need to sustain this unique capability, the Army established the Civil Affairs/Military Government branch in the U.S. Army Reserve on August 17th, 1955; designating it as the Civil Affairs Branch on October 2nd, 1959. With the expansion of the active component Civil Affairs force for operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas contingency operations since September 11th, 2001, the Civil Affairs branch and military occupational specialty were extended to the active component on October 16th, 2006.

Today’s Civil Affairs force structure includes a robust U.S. Army Reserve component consisting of the two-star U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) with its four Civil Affairs Commands, eight brigades and thirty-two battalions, as well as two separate USAR brigades in Germany and Hawaii. The active component force consists of two Civil Affairs brigades and ten battalions that support both conventional and special operations forces of the Army and the Joint Force.

Civil Affairs elements of both components have deployed to every contingency operation and conducted global operations in support of Geographic Combatant Commanders, Theater Special Operations Commanders, and U.S. Ambassadors over the last 75-plus years. Today, the Civil Affairs Regiment continues to be one of the most deployed regiments in the U.S. Army inventory. In over 35 countries around the world, Civil Affairs Soldiers continue to exemplify the regimental motto, “Secure the Victory.”

Civil Affairs Regiment Award – The General Winfield Scott Medallion

Civil Affairs Regiment Award – The General Winfield Scott Medallion. This medallion has three tiers (Bronze, Silver, and Gold) and criteria associated with each. Any current or past member of the Civil Affairs Regiment may nominate a veteran of the Civil Affairs Regiment for the Silver or Gold Medallion. The Bronze Medallion is reserved for currently serving Active Army and Army Reserve CA-qualified Soldiers who have contributed in a significant way to the improvement of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Regiment.

The Regimental Awards program is designed to honor past and present SF, CA, and PO Soldiers who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity, moral character, an outstanding degree of professional competence, and have contributed to the promotion and advancement of their respective Regiment. Given on behalf of the Regiment by a respective unit commander and in cooperation and coordination with the respective Regimental association. The Regimental Commandants at USAJFKSWCS will receive and consider all award nominations (Appendix C) for members of a Regiment not assigned to a Regimental chain of command for signature by the SF, CA, or PO Commandants for Bronze and Silver medals and the Commanding General, USAJFKSWCS for the Gold medals. Civil Affairs nominations for the Bronze, Silver, and General Winfield Scott Medallion awards will be sent to the:
CA Commandant
3004 Ardennes Street, Stop A.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310-9610
or email to CARegimentalAwards@socom.mil

 

Gold

The General Winfield Scott Gold Medallion is the most prestigious and of the highest order of the three awards. It is awarded to the most distinguished member(s) of the Regiment who have contributed to the career field and function of Civil Affairs in support of national defense, and should be recognized as a lifetime achievement award. The specific criterion for the Gold Winfield Scott Medallion is to have performed conspicuously, thirty years or more long-term service for or on behalf of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Regiment or the Association.

Only five nominees will be awarded the Winfield Scott Gold Medallion per calendar year. The Civil Affairs Association will be allocated two of these. Additionally, one Gold Medallion may be presented posthumously. Not later than 30 March, nominations for the Winfield Scott Gold Medallion will be routed through the CA Commandant to the Commanding General, USAJFKSWCS for approval/consideration. The CG’s office will prepare and sign the certificate, if approved; the CA Commandant will issue the certificate and the medallion. This award may only be presented to veterans of Civil Affairs that have been awarded the MOS. The Winfield Scott Gold Medallion recipients will be announced on the Regimental Anniversary in August of each year, and be presented during very special ceremonies or formal social events.

 

Silver

This Medal recognizes those veterans of the Regiment who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character; displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence; served in the U.S. Army Civil Affairs Regiment or in activities or organizations that directly support the Regiment for a period of twenty years or more with selflessness; and contributed to the promotion of Civil Affairs or the Association in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates and peers alike.

Only thirteen nominees will be awarded the Winfield Scott Silver Medallion per calendar year. Nominations must be endorsed by the U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Command (A) or U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (A) if the nominee is assigned to a CA unit or through the first COL/CAPT in the nominee’s chain of command if assigned outside of a CA unit. USAJFKSWCS and 1st SF Command are allocated two each, and USACAPOC, Civil Affairs Association, and CA Commandant are allocated three each. Nominations will be routed to the Civil Affairs Commandant for approval/consideration, and they then prepare, sign, and issue the certificate and the medallion, if approved. This award may only be presented to veterans of Civil Affairs that have been awarded the MOS. The Winfield Scott Silver Medallion will be presented during very special ceremonies or formal social events.

 

Bronze

Nomination authority for the Bronze Medallion is delegated to the active and reserve CA Brigade commanders. Each brigade may submit nominations for three Bronze Medallions per year. The U.S. Army 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, and U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) may submit two nominations for Bronze Medallions per year for consideration of approval to the CA Commandant. Any 38-series Soldier serving in a 38-series duty position outside the Regiment may be nominated by the first COL/CAPT or higher in their chain of command to the CA Commandant, for an annual total of two nominations. All nomination packets must be submitted to the CA Commandant’s office for historical tracking and archive. The CA Commandant is the approval authority for the Bronze Winfield Scott Medallion and will process for preparation, signature, and issuance of the certificate and the medallion.

No more than one Bronze Medallion may be awarded to an individual. The presentation of the Bronze Medallion to the recipient should be scheduled during a very special event such as a formal dinner, retirement, and similar affairs.

About

The Regimental Honors, Awards and Affiliation Program is intended to recognize those who have contributed to the welfare of the Civil Affairs, Special Forces and Psychological Operations regiments, active or reserve component, as Department of the Army civilians, or in a private capacity. The program further serves as a link between members of the regiments currently serving and those who have separated from service, but continue to advance the interests of their respective regiments. These recognized individuals serve as role models, advocates and public examples to all members of the regiments. Through their sterling example, they enhance unit morale, cohesion and esprit, and promote the war-fighting ethos, unwavering sense of pride and selfless service of today's Soldiers.

Nominations

Nominees may be active, retired or former officers, warrant officers or enlisted Soldiers who have graduated from the Civil Affairs and have served in their respective regiment. Nominees must have made significant contributions to the success of their regiment on the battlefield and/or to the training and qualification of new members of the regiment. For more information:

REGIMENTAL AWARDS POLICY 7.

CIVIL AFFAIRS REGIMENTAL AWARDS PROGRAM

MEDALLION APPROVAL SHEET (Active Component)

MEDALLION APPROVAL SHEET (Reserve Component)

MEDALLION APPROVAL SHEET (NO CA Unit Affiliation)