Delta Company 425h
Delta Company 425h Civil Affairs Battalion will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In that capacity they're going to be working in support of the 25th Infantry Division performing civil military operations and civil affa...
Lt. Col. Haberlach: Delta Company 425h Civil Affairs Battalion will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In that capacity they're going to be working in support of the 25th Infantry Division performing civil military operations and civil affairs support.
Maj. Ginsburg: I think from a civilian perspective the best way to look at civil affairs is we are the primary liaison between the United States Army and the local populace of whatever area we're working with.
SSG Scott: We win the peace by winning the hearts and minds of the local population. We go in and we try to win them over so that they better serve whatever battle commander we're supporting in that area.
SFC Motley: Our overall goal has basically is just to take care of the needs of the people after the harsh realities of war.
Maj. Ginsburg: We have police officers, fireman, we have teachers. We have people that work in the private sector, people that work in the public sector. They all basically they put aside their private lives and they come together to do this mission. However, for civil affairs, unlike many other military units the fact that we have these civilian jobs actually enhances our work down range because we bring them civilian perspective.
Lt. Col. Haberlach: You can use those skills that you bring from your civilian job to translate them into a capability and the Army Reserve and then build your team even stronger.
Maj. Ginsburg: We have been training for the last 8 months or so.
Lt. Col. Haberlach: They've come together during that time and they've had a number of training events that have just done an absolutely outstanding job of providing them the skills and capabilities they're going to need to be successful in this mission.
SSG Reiber: The training that I've had makes me really confident.
Capt. Calloway: It's not like what people see on TV where you just grab a weapon and fight. There's a lot of planning and preparation that goes into a lot of administrative work.
Lt. Col. Haberlach: Well one of the challenges that we face as an Army Reserve unit is unlike the Active Duty where you work together everyday and build those strong bonds gradually over time. We don't have those opportunities to train together as frequently and as often. And so I'm really excited at how fast Delta 425 has been able to nurture those bonds and then go out and be very successful down range.
Spc. Ruiz: They way we build up our team cohesion it just going out on our missions and interacting with each other. We stay with each other; we talk to each other, and learn as much as we can from each other.
Capt. Calloway: I don't believe any mission can be completed just by one person alone; it takes a team to complete the mission.
Maj. Ginsburg: You have to have this teamwork element where everybody working together being able to do exactly the same mission regardless of rank or experience.
Lt. Col. Haberlach: In my mind I have no doubt that they're going to excel at it.
Capt. Calloway: I look at the Army, especially my unit as my second family. I hear friends of mine who talk about their fraternities group when they were in college and I kind of laugh at them. But I'm like you never really been in a fraternity. The military is the best fraternity on the planet as far as I know.
Spc. Ruiz: You may be leaving your immediate family behind but you're still going overseas with family. So no matter what you're always going to be around people you know, you care for and you'll know we'll always have your back. And that's the grand thing about it.
Lt. Col. Haberlach: One of the things that I think as a Soldier keeps bringing us back to the Army, keeps bringing us back to the Army Reserve, keeps bringing us back to serve is the quality and nature of the personal relationships that we build in the Army. And knowing that as we leave one family we're just transitioning to another, and that we're twice as strong because we have both.
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