Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers Deploy to Africa, Strengthen Partnerships
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Capt. Dominique Mosbly, U.S. Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 Chief provides a Ghanaian youth with a personal hygiene product at a school in Northern Ghana. Team 21 coordinated with the Ghanaian Armed Forces to deliver multiple donations of personal hygiene products to children at several local schools in Northern Ghana during their deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, Strengthen Partnerships
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Spc. Nathan Klaas, U.S. Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 medic, poses for a photo with Ghanaian Armed Forces soldiers during a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) event. During this MEDCAP, Team 21 assisted in the successful delivery of $10,000 in pharmaceuticals and coordinated with medical providers to provide care for over 3,500 patients. The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
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VICENZA, Italy - In an effort to strengthen partnership and promote stability across the African continent, U.S. Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers have embarked on a series of nine-month rotations, deploying in support of U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF), to execute vital missions.

Civil Affairs Soldiers, often referred to as the "bridge builders" of the U.S. Army, play a crucial role in facilitating communication and cooperation between military forces and local communities. Their missions span a wide range of activities, from humanitarian assistance to civil-military projects. These skilled individuals serve as liaisons between the SETAF-AF and African partners, ultimately fostering goodwill and mutual understanding.

Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, strengthen partnerships
U.S. Army Capt. Dominique Mosbly, the U.S. Army Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 chief, poses for a photo with community members of Savelugu, Ghana during a Medical Civic Action Program (MEDCAP) event. During this MEDCAP, the team assisted in the successful delivery of $10,000 in pharmaceuticals and coordinated with medical providers to provide care for over 3,500 patients. The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Capt. PHILIP REGINA) VIEW ORIGINAL

“We are a collection of Soldiers from across America, brought together to do this very important mission,” said Capt. Cody Miller, officer-in-charge of the SETAF-AF forward-deployed Civil-Military Operations Center. “Our companies are broken up into several small, 4-6 Soldier teams deployed throughout the continent of Africa. These teams interface directly with the civilian populations with the goal of strengthening partnerships.”

SETAF-AF provides U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Europe & Africa a dedicated headquarters to synchronize Army activities in Africa and scalable crisis response options throughout Africa and Europe. A key component to their success is to employ the experience and versatility of Army Reserve and Army National Guard units to execute missions across the African continent.

During their deployments, the civil affairs Soldiers assigned to SETAF-AF are actively engaged in African communities. They collaborate with local authorities, non-governmental organizations, and international partners to address critical issues. Such projects may include improving healthcare infrastructure, supporting educational initiatives, or aiding in disaster relief efforts. By doing so, they not only provide immediate relief, but also help communities become more self-sufficient and resilient in the long term.

Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, Strengthen Partnerships
U.S. Army Sgt. Jacob Powers, 412th Civil Affairs Battalion Team Sergeant poses for a photo with a Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) chaplain during a knowledge exchange and discussion of civil military operations (CMO). Chaplains within the GAF shared experiences and best practices of conducting CMO and promoting civil-military relations.The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

"Africa is a continent of incredible diversity, and every country’s mission set is a unique challenge. I've seen firsthand how our work benefits African partners. It's about mutual respect and understanding, and when we can help a community achieve its goals, it's an incredible feeling," said Capt. Dominique Mosbly, SETAF-AF Civil Affairs Team 21 chief.

The majority of the U.S. Army’s civil affairs capability exists within the Army Reserve. These Soldiers serve part-time, typically one weekend a month and two-weeks a year. When not in an Army uniform, they work as police officers, business professionals, medical providers and school teachers, among many other professions. The SETAF-AF civil affairs teams harness these civilian expertise and skill sets to execute the mission.

"We employ a whole-of-government and whole-of-society approach in our efforts to increase the region's security and stability. We integrate multiple host nation, US, and international partners into our work, which includes countering violent extremist organizations and helping build host nation institutional capacity,” said Maj. Jacqueline Li, Bravo Company Commander for the SETAF-AF Civil Affairs Battalion.

“As Army Reservists, the SETAF-AF Civil Affairs Soldiers bring a wealth of knowledge and experience from their civilian backgrounds that greatly assists them in their missions. This deployment is a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the Soldiers of Bravo Company are honored to be working with our West African partners," added Li.

Lt. Col. James A. Favuzzi, SETAF-AF Civil Affairs Battalion commander, provides guidance and oversight to the many civil affairs teams operating in Africa. For Favuzzi, the importance of these missions cannot be understated.

Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, Strengthen Partnerships
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Capt. Dominique Mosbly, U.S. Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 chief, teaches a course in civil military operations (CMO) to the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) during a staff exercise (STAFFEX) as part of African Lion 2023 (AL23) in Agadir, Morocco. The purpose of the STAFFEX is to build a cohesive multinational team, learn the U.S. military’s Joint Planning Process and develop COAs to counter a theoretical adversary. More than 160 military members from 13 countries participated in the STAFFEX. Eighteen nations and approximately 8,000 personnel will participate in AL23, U.S. Africa Command's largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia from May 13-June 18, 2023. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL
Army Reserve Civil Affairs Soldiers deploy to Africa, Strengthen Partnerships
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army Reserve Capt. Dominique Mosbly, U.S. Southern European Task Force, Africa (SETAF-AF) Civil Affairs Team 21 chief, teaches a course in civil military operations (CMO) to the Ghanaian Armed Forces (GAF) during a staff exercise (STAFFEX) as part of African Lion 2023 (AL23) in Agadir, Morocco. The purpose of the STAFFEX is to build a cohesive multinational team, learn the U.S. military’s Joint Planning Process and develop COAs to counter a theoretical adversary. More than 160 military members from 13 countries participated in the STAFFEX. Eighteen nations and approximately 8,000 personnel participated in AL23, U.S. Africa Command's largest annual combined, joint exercise that will take place in Ghana, Morocco, Senegal and Tunisia from May 13-June 18, 2023. The 412th Civil Affairs Battalion, part of the 360th Civil Affairs Brigade, 352nd Civil Affairs Command, assisted with the coordination and execution of multiple civil-military events during their 9-month deployment to Africa in support of SETAF-AF. (Photo courtesy of 412th Civil Affairs Battalion.) (Photo Credit: Courtesy) VIEW ORIGINAL

"Our Soldiers play a pivotal role in the effective execution of SETAF-AF activities. Their interaction with African partners, as well as the information they provide on civilian populations on the continent significantly contributes to our African strategy,” Favuzzi said.

SETAF-AF civil affairs Soldiers conduct multiple missions on the African continent each year, executing numerous civil-military events in support of the SETAF-AF mission to build capacity and strengthen relationships with African partners.

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SETAF-AF provides U.S. Africa Command and U.S. Army Europe and Africa a dedicated headquarters to synchronize Army activities in Africa and scalable crisis-response options in Africa and Europe.

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