The 432nd Civil Affairs Battalion, the Army Reserve's only civil affairs unit in the state of Wisconsin, conducted a change of command ceremony Saturday morning on Lambeau Field.
The 432nd, which returned from a deployment to Iraq in 2008, is part of the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). During the ceremony, the outgoing commander passed the unit’s flag to the incoming commander, signifying the transfer of responsibility for the unit and its’ Soldiers.
Civil affairs Soldiers specialize in coordinating with foreign authorities and populations on behalf of the U.S. military.
Lt. Col. William A. Vaughn, of Charlotte, N.C., assumed command of the 432nd on the Packers' home turf. He is a former company commander and executive officer of the 422nd Civil Affairs Battalion in Greensboro, N.C.
Lt. Col. Francis J. Curtis, the outgoing commander, of Boston, Mass., assumed command of the 432nd in October 2007. He led the battalion through a year-long deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from late 2007 through 2008. Following the change of command, he will transfer to the 432nd's higher headquarters, the 353rd Civil Affairs Command in Staten Island, N.Y.
USACAPOC(A) is made up of approximately 12,000 Soldiers, comprising about 94 percent of the nation’s civil affairs forces and 71 percent of its psychological operations forces. Civil affairs and psychological operations Soldiers can be found serving in 83 Army Reserve units across 31 states and one U.S. territory. To learn more about USACAPOC(A) visit www.usacapoc.army.mil