FORT BRAGG, N.C., Jan. 7, 2005 – Soldiers from the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne) here have departed Fort Bragg in recent days to augment Operation Unified Assistance, the ongoing U.S. military effort in support of humanitarian and disaster relief work in the Pacific Rim following the Dec. 26 tsunami there.
The command's soldiers are uniquely suited to assist in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations. With expertise in the major cultures, languages and societies of the world, civil affairs and psychological operations Soldiers are able to help bridge differences between the military and civilian populations.
Among the soldiers and units deploying are two operational civil affairs teams, one civil affairs planning team and one psychological operations assessment team - a force of approximately 15 Soldiers.
The soldiers comprising the civil affairs contingent are assigned to the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) here, the Army's only active component unit of its kind. The four-person operational teams will provide support in Thailand, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka.
The psychological operations assessment team is composed of soldiers from the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne) here. The 4th Psychological Operations Group team will deploy to Camp H.M. Smith,