Civil Affairs Regimental Crest

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.”

Honorary Regimental Leadership

Honorary Colonel

Honorary Sergeant Major

Honorary Colonel of the Civil Affairs Regiment

Honorary Sergeant Major of the Civil Affairs Regiment

Ferdinand Irizarry II

Timothy Kohring

Brigadier General Sergeant Major

Distinguished Members

Inducted in 2011

Sgt. 1st Class Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy J. Strong Brig. Gen. Dennis Wilkie  

Matthew S. Sluss-Tiller

Timothy J. Strong

Dennis Wilkie

Sergeant First Class Command Sergeant Major Brigadier General  

Inducted in 2012

Col. Thomas P. Baltazar Maj. Gen. William Berkman Lt. Col. Steven Foster Col. Walter Goodman

Thomas P. Baltazar

William Berkman

Steven Foster

Walter Goodman

Colonel Major General Lieutenant Colonel Colonel
Col. H. Wendell Hodgkins Col. Eli Nobleman Col. Kalman Oravetz Maj. Gen. Milton Pilcher

H. Wendell Hodgkins

Eli Nobleman

Kalman Oravetz

Milton Pilcher

Colonel Colonel Colonel Major General

Inducted in 2013

COL William R. Swarm MG David A. Morris MAJ James A. Ahearn  

William R. Swarm

David A. Morris

James A. Ahearn

Colonel Major General Major  

Inducted in 2014

COL Dennis Barlow COL George P. Maughan COL Dennis J. Cahill COL David Mitchell

Dennis Barlow

George P. Maughan

Dennis J. Cahill

David Mitchell

Colonel Colonel Colonel Colonel

Inducted in 2015

MG Steven J. Hashem MG John H. Hildring MG Thomas J. Matthews BG John W. Geiger

Steven J. Hashem

John H. Hildring

Thomas J. Matthews

John W. Geiger

Major General Major General Major General Brigadier General
MG Herbert Buz L. Altshuler BG Julius C. Holmes

Herbert “Buz” L. Altshuler

Julius C. Holmes

Major General Brigadier General    

Inducted in 2016

COL Joseph P. Kirlin III COL Warner J.  Anderson
COL Randall T. Elliott BG Bruce B. Bingham

Joseph P. Kirlin III

Warner J. Anderson

Randall T. Elliott

Bruce B. Bingham

Colonel Colonel Colonel Brigadier General
LTC Andrew S. Natsios

Andrew S. Natsios

Lieutenant Colonel      

Inducted in 2017

COL Christopher J. Holshek

COL David D. Mickey Marcus MAJ Corine A. Wegener

Christopher J. Holshek

David D. "Mickey" Marcus

Corine A. Wegener

Colonel Colonel Major

Inducted in 2018

COL Charles R. Munske

BG Crawford F. Sams

BG Lucius D. Clay

COL Irvin L. Hunt

Charles R. Munske

Crawford F. Sams

Lucius D. Clay

Irvin L. Hunt

Colonel Brigadier General Brigadier General Colonel

COL Harold W. Youmans

Harold W. Youmans





Honorary Members of the Regiment

Thomas Wall

Aminata Diabate

Ed Tyner

Connie R. Almueti

John W. Newman

Jim Hake

Bobby Suggs

Kevin Statam

Curtis T. Lee

Mark A. Thieme

Karen Guttieri

John Sheldon Doud Eisenhower

COL Robert T. Frame

Honorable James R. Locher III

Dr. Jeffrey W. Ashley

Gilberto R. Perez

Hani Abukishk

Sarah Wines

Dr. Deborah L. Alexander

Mr. James R. Lane

LTC Truman Smith

General Winfield Scott Award

General Winfield Scott Award

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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.


Nominees may be active, retired or former officers, warrant officers or enlisted Soldiers who have graduated from the Civil Affairs, Psychological Operations or Special Forces qualification courses (or been awarded the Special Forces tab) 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, click here.


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