Victory at all cost: 80th Civil Affairs Battalion activates

Col. David Mauser, commander, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, speaks to the attendees of the 80th Civil Affairs Battalion’s activation ceremony at the Memorial Circle on West Fort Bliss. Photo by Sgt. Michael Armstrong, 212th Fires Bde. Public Affairs.

Col. David Mauser, commander, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, speaks to the attendees of the 80th Civil Affairs Battalion’s activation ceremony at the Memorial Circle on West Fort Bliss. Photo by Sgt. Michael Armstrong, 212th Fires Bde. Public Affairs.

By Sgt. Michael Armstrong, 212th Fires Bde. Public Affairs:

A new Army unit now calls West Texas home as Soldiers and families came together to witness the activation of the 80th Civil Affairs Battalion at the Memorial Circle on West Fort Bliss 20 Sep.

The 80th Civil Affairs Battalion, commanded by Lt. Col. Benett Sunds, uncased its colors and became Forces Command’s only active component civil affairs battalion aligned with the US European Command.

One of five new civil affairs battalions to activate, along with their higher headquarters, the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade based at Fort Hood, Texas, the 80th Civil Affairs is more than prepared for whatever mission comes their way.

Civil Affairs units act as a liaison between the civilian inhabitants of a warzone or disaster area and the military presence by informing both the local command of the status of the civilian populace as well as providing assistance to locals in need.

“Civil Affairs Soldiers receive extensive language and cultural training and are subject matter experts on the human domain,” said Col. David Mauser, commander, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade. “The Soldiers of the 80th stand ready to execute civil affairs operations in the support of the combatant commander in securing stability in Europe and Eurasia.”



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