450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)

450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) Official site of the U.S. Army Reserve's premier Airborne Civil Affairs Battalion, whose Soldiers have participated in operations in Grenada, Panama, Kuwait, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

Happy Fathers Day to all of our 450th Dads!
06/16/2019

Happy Fathers Day to all of our 450th Dads!

06/06/2019
The Hour Is Go

June 6, 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of Operation Overlord. On this day in 1944, over 23,000 paratroopers descended on the beaches of Normandy, engaging in the one of the deadliest assaults of WWII.

“The enemy is close and sad they don't know
The Airborne is here, it's time they must go.
The hour is now, Hitler's had his last chance
On St. Michael's wings, we're taking back France.”

-Francis J. Turner

https://youtu.be/KPanpAo8QPI

Airborne, As you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, I invite you to take pause and remember our brothers and sist...
05/27/2019

Airborne,

As you enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend, I invite you to take pause and remember our brothers and sisters in Arms who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Since September 11, 2001, 6,997 Americans have died and over 50,0000 have been wounded in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Inherent Resolve, and Operations Freedom’s Sentinel/Resolute Support

Since 1775, over 1.3 Million Americans have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense our Nation. Over 1.4 Million have been wounded.

Over 40,000 Americans remain missing.

Today we honor these sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, and friends.

Let their courage continue to inspire us.
Let their sacrifice remind us of the true price of Freedom.

They are gone, but never forgotten.

AATW -

LTC Gannon

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms!  Thank you for all your do!
05/12/2019

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Moms! Thank you for all your do!

B Co and C Co organized great company level training with Key Leader Engagements (KLEs) at Quantico.Key leader engagemen...
04/23/2019

B Co and C Co organized great company level training with Key Leader Engagements (KLEs) at Quantico.

Key leader engagements (KLE) are personal interactions between unit leadership and key power figures and influencers within a local civilian community.

Photos taken by SFC Rosmarie Schuster of Bravo Company

Have you ever wondered where the name of our common training grounds came from? A.P. Hill, Ambrose Powell Hill, was a Co...
04/02/2019

Have you ever wondered where the name of our common training grounds came from? A.P. Hill, Ambrose Powell Hill, was a Confederate general in the Civil War (1861-1865) born in Culpeper, Virginia who fought many important battles right here in the Virginia and Maryland area.

You can find his name in museums at Harpers Ferry National Park, WV where Thomas Jeffersons famous rock is. Worth a visit!

Read more: https://www.history.com/topics/american-civil-war/a-p-hill

352nd Civil Affairs Command
03/23/2019
352nd Civil Affairs Command

352nd Civil Affairs Command

Civil Affairs concept developers share their perspective on how Civil Affairs capability fits into Large Scale Combat Operations and Multi-Domain Operations formations.

SGM Harry Bennett
03/09/2019

SGM Harry Bennett

It's International Women's Day. Here's a throwback to the summer of 2005 and members of my former battalion (450th Civil Affairs Battalion) competing at the Leapfest-International Airborne Competition in Rhode Island, shortly after our return from Afghanistan. From left to right are (their ranks then) SSG Rosado, SGT Brooks, CPT Knoch, and SSG Peck.

CPX-F 19-10CPT Ashley teaches First Aid Training to HHC Soldiers during their CPX Training event.Photos by CPT Timothy W...
02/12/2019

CPX-F 19-10

CPT Ashley teaches First Aid Training to HHC Soldiers during their CPX Training event.

Photos by CPT Timothy Walters

And it has begun!! This past week we have officially begun our move to our amazing new facility in Charles County, MD!  ...
02/11/2019

And it has begun!! This past week we have officially begun our move to our amazing new facility in Charles County, MD!

Check out a few photos of the new building and of a few smiling faces of our Soldiers who have been hard at work!!

CPX-F 19-10Who picked Wisconsin???
01/31/2019

CPX-F 19-10

Who picked Wisconsin???

01/24/2019
U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

Curious about what Civil Affairs is? Or ever struggle explaining the uniqueness of our job to others? Check out the full video which our school house put together!

*What is your favorite part about the Civil Affairs?*

https://www.facebook.com/jfkcenterandschool/videos/347080995886516/
U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School

Here's a sneak peek of #CivilAffairs Soldiers at work! These Soldiers are warrior diplomats who advise, support, and conduct critical stabilization missions across the globe.

Check out the full video on the #SWCS YouTube page at https://youtu.be/p0n56dtDedM

01/16/2019

Bravo Company attended the National Training Center (NTC) to conduct tough and realistic training to develop their leadership and civil affairs skills from October - November 2018.

- Captain Frowein, First Lieutenant Potter and Sergeant Marose conduct a Key Leadership Engagement (KLE).
- SGT Hamilton conducts a tactical reload during Troops in Contact (TIC) during a Situational Training Exercise (STX) lane.
- SGT Marose recieves a coin from General Jurasek, Commander of the 352nd Civil Affairs Command, for his outstanding leadership during the NTC rotation.

Photos courtesy of Major Charles Houston - Commander of B Co, 450th CA BN (A)

01/11/2019
Amuse

It's a new year and promotion opportunities will come up quickly! Be sure to schedule your DA Photo and keep them up to date. If you need help ensuring your uniform is to standard do not hesitate to reach out to your leadership.

From the HRC website:
- Soldiers must use the VIOS website to set up an appointment to have a DA Photo taken.
- You can locate an authorized official photograph facility at the Visual Information Ordering Site (VIOS) http://www.vios.army.mil.
- The VIOS website can be accessed with an AKO username and password or with CAC login.
- In order to view appointments available at a photo lab on a nearby installation, you will have to update your profile location to that installation.

https://www.facebook.com/ArmyAmuse/videos/724143664645769/

Throwback: DA PHOTO!! How do they do that every time. I know at some point I was looking at the ceiling!!!

12/25/2018

Airborne,

CSM DiTizio and I would like to say thank you to each of you for your continued commitment and dedication to the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) and the security of our Nation.

We would also like to extend our gratitude to our friends and family who support our service.

We wish you a Happiest Holiday and Happy New Year and look forward to seeing you in 2019.

AATW!

LTC Gannon & CSM DiTizio

12/02/2018

Airborne,

Thank you for a wonderful Dining Out this weekend. It was a great opportunity to break away from the grind and celebrate the 450th family. Thank you to all of your loved ones that shared the evening with us.

We would especially like to thank Dr. Anthony Wanis-St. John, COL Snyder, and the members of the 450th Civil Affairs Alumni Association who joined us. Special thanks to 2LT Kennedy and 1LT Waisanan for their hard work organizing and planning the event as well as Mr. Osborne at the DJ.

We wish each and everyone one of you the happiest of holidays! Enjoy this season, keep in touch with each other, and see you in the New Year!

AATW!

LTC Sue Gannon & CSM Chris DiTizio

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A true example of the 450th legacy...https://www.facebook.com/578140942211210/posts/2454403754584910/
11/09/2018

A true example of the 450th legacy...

https://www.facebook.com/578140942211210/posts/2454403754584910/

If you need an example of someone who went out and did something rather than just simply talk about it, that person is Paula Loyd. She represented the the best in us as paratroopers and Americans, working hard to make Afghanistan and the world a better place. Many that served with her have stories and memories of Paula's service and commitment. Never forget her sacrifice.

In early November 2008, Paula Loyd, a former U.S. Army Civil Affairs & Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) Soldier, was performing her civilian duties as an anthropologist on a Human Terrain Team assigned to the Canadian Task Force-Kandahar. The team was working in the village of Chehel Gazi, Afghanistan, when Paula was attacked and badly burned by a local man after speaking with him about the price of gasoline. She was evacuated through Camp Bastion and then Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, where she succumbed to her wounds and passed away on January 7, 2009.

Paula Loyd graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Cultural Anthropology and entered the Army as a mechanic, serving in Korea and at Fort Bragg, N.C. After serving on Active Duty, she joined the U.S. Army Reserve and was assigned to the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) ( 352nd Civil Affairs Command) and later graduated with her Masters from the Georgetown University- School of Foreign Service. Paula deployed with the 450th to Afghanistan as a Civil Affairs Specialist in the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom. She committed her life to serving others, and after her time in the military, she returned to Afghanistan where she worked as a Field Program Officer with USAID - US Agency for International Development and also a Civil-Military Officer with the United Nations mission in Afghanistan.

I recall running into Paula from time to time as I traveled around Afghanistan during the 450th's 2004-2005 OEF rotation after she returned to Afghanistan with her civilian career. It would often be at Kabul compound, maybe at KAF, but most likely on some random puddle jumper flight across the country. She was always smiling, upbeat, maintained a positive attitude, and drove on with her mission whether it was at Bagram, Kabul, Kandahar, or elsewhere in the country. Paula Loyd truly committed her life to serving others, not just as an American Soldier, but as a leader making Afghanistan a better place by improving the quality of life for its citizens and better education opportunities for the women there. Before Paula left for the last time to Afghanistan, she shared her last wishes with her parents: should anything happen to her, she wanted Afghan girls brought to the United States to be educated at Wellesley College and other top schools. Her parents established the Paula Loyd Foundation in honor of her request.

Paula didn't simply talk about doing things. She went out and made things happen. May she continue to R.I.P.

Never forget.

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation day and I would like to say thank you to all of the spouses and significant others...
05/11/2018

Today is Military Spouse Appreciation day and I would like to say thank you to all of the spouses and significant others who support the Soldiers of the 450th. Your sacrifice and dedication is critical to our success. Thank you and enjoy your weekend!

ATW -
LTC Sue Gannon

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Today, we honor the contributions and sacrifices made by our military spouses. They are truly the backbone of our military families.

Learn more here: https://bit.ly/2KbhtRG

#MilSpouseAppreciation

450th CA Community,Our hearts are broken over the passing of 1SG Ernie Newhouse on May 2, 2018.  He is survived by his w...
05/03/2018

450th CA Community,

Our hearts are broken over the passing of 1SG Ernie Newhouse on May 2, 2018. He is survived by his wife Melissa, daughters Ashley and Lacy, and son Zach.

1SG Newhouse has been a member of the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (A) family since 2003, dedicated in peace and at war. His commitment and leadership are the hallmark of a 450th Soldier – he always placed his Soldiers and the Mission first. He will be remembered as not only a great leader but a loving and dedicated husband and father.

As we remember the courageous life he lived, we would like to honor his military service with the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion by collecting pictures, videos, quotes, or stories for viewing at his funeral service. If you would like to contribute, please email SFC Amelia Poling at [email protected].

Mitigating the Challenges of Breastfeeding in the Army Reserve.https://www.dvidshub.net/news/265657/mitigating-challenge...
04/09/2018

Mitigating the Challenges of Breastfeeding in the Army Reserve.

https://www.dvidshub.net/news/265657/mitigating-challenges-breastfeeding-army-reserve

Army Sgt. Brittany Pratt, Army Capt. Lauren Holl with daughter Isabella, Army Sgt. Wendy D’Angelo with son Theo, and Army Spec. Katelyn Evans pose outside the Riverdale Park Army Reserve Center in Riverdale, MD, Dec. 3, 2017. Assigned to the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), the Soldiers are some of the new or expecting mothers in the unit. Photo by Capt. Lauren Holl.

450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)'s cover photo
12/04/2017

450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)'s cover photo

FORT AP HILL, Virginia -- Soldiers from the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion conduct airborne training during their battle ...
12/04/2017

FORT AP HILL, Virginia -- Soldiers from the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion conduct airborne training during their battle assembly on November 17, 2017, in order to maintain their proficiency to support future airborne operations. Photos by CPT Holl, Lauren and CPT Staples, Ian.

450th CA Community,Staff Sergeant (SSG) Joshua VanBelzen, age 26, passed away from accidental injuries on Saturday, Augu...
09/20/2017
Joshua VanBelzen's Obituary on Grand Rapids Press

450th CA Community,

Staff Sergeant (SSG) Joshua VanBelzen, age 26, passed away from accidental injuries on Saturday, August 26, 2017. SSG VanBelzen was attached to the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) as a Civil Affairs team member from July 2012 to May 2013 and served on Provincial Reconstruction Team Kunar supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned the following awards during his deployment: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Device, and the International Security Assistance Force NATO Medal. After the deployment SSG VanBelzen became a Drill Sergeant, molding the Army’s future leaders. SSG VanBelzen touched many lives and could always be counted on. SSG VanBelzen will be missed.

Link:

1) Joshua VanBelzen Obituary - http://obits.mlive.com/obituaries/grandrapids/obituary.aspx?pid=186505005

2) 'It just seemed right,' man who provided flag for vet killed in crash says –http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2017/08/it_just_seemed_right_says_man.html

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the 450th CA BN, Theo Marcellus D'Angelo. Born on June 22, 2017 to SGT ...
08/02/2017

Please join us in welcoming the newest member of the 450th CA BN, Theo Marcellus D'Angelo. Born on June 22, 2017 to SGT Wendy D'Angelo and her husband Joe D'Angelo.

29 March 2017, SGT David Rouse, SGT Destiny Mann, SGT Curtis Morgan (not pictured) and SPC Christopher Campbell of the 4...
04/07/2017

29 March 2017, SGT David Rouse, SGT Destiny Mann, SGT Curtis Morgan (not pictured) and SPC Christopher Campbell of the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), after successfully completing the Civil Affairs 38B Reclassification Course at Fort Knox, KY, met Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey.
SGT Rouse was the Distinguished Honor Graduate of the course with a GPA of 97.8 percent.
Congratulations to the 450th CA Battalions latest graduates.
CAPTION:
Pictured from left SGT Rouse, SPC Campbell, SMA Dailey, and SGT Mann.

The Army’s Birthday: 14 June 1775When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army...
06/14/2016

The Army’s Birthday: 14 June 1775

When the American Revolution broke out, the rebellious colonies did not possess an army in the modern sense. Rather, the revolutionaries fielded an amateur force of colonial troops, cobbled together from various New England militia companies. They had no unified chain of command, and although Artemas Ward of Massachusetts exercised authority by informal agreement, officers from other colonies were not obligated to obey his orders. The American volunteers were led, equipped, armed, paid for, and supported by the colonies from which they were raised.

In the spring of 1775, this “army” was about to confront British troops near Boston, Massachusetts. The revolutionaries had to re-organize their forces quickly if they were to stand a chance against Britain’s seasoned professionals. Recognizing the need to enlist the support of all of the American seaboard colonies, the Massachusetts Provincial Congress appealed to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia to assume authority for the New England army. Reportedly, at John Adams’ request, Congress voted to “adopt” the Boston troops on June 14, although there is no written record of this decision. Also on this day, Congress resolved to form a committee “to bring in a draft of rules and regulations for the government of the Army,” and voted $2,000,000 to support the forces around Boston, and those at New York City. Moreover, Congress authorized the formation of ten companies of expert riflemen from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia, which were directed to march to Boston to support the New England militia.

George Washington received his appointment as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army the next day, and formally took command at Boston on July 3, 1775.

John R. Maass
Historian
US Army Center of Military History

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