Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Civil Affairs

Magazine article Army Reserve Magazine

Civil Affairs

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When the Moors conquered most of the known world in the eighth century, they used a special technique to aid their cause. Moors encouraged their soldiers to take wives indigenous to he conquered areas. This built family ties in the expanding empire and reduced the risk of revolt. The ideology also increased the Moorish soldiers' desire to care for the civilian population of the new land.

Today, the U.S. Army has a different approach to aiding civilians and winning people's confidence in war-torn areas. It's called civil affairs.

"We set conditions so the local population, especially the government, can work well with the military," said Maj. Jose M. adera, a civil affairs team leader with the 478th Civil Affairs Battalion (CAB) in Miami. "We're diplomats in uniform."

All civil affairs units in the Army are made up entirely of Reservists except one battalion located at Fort Bragg, N.C.

In Madera' civilian job, he works as the Director of Technology Support Services at the Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Fla. More recently, Madera was at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), Fort Polk, La., providing civil affairs guidance to the 75th Ranger Regiment. Th Rangers were participating in a JRTC exercise.

"We put in for this," said Madera. "Our command is very dedicated to sending people through JRTC." He said he looks forward to interacting with the Ranger Regiment, and hopes to Smooth a path between the warrior and the diplomat.

"I won't let resistance taint the mission. We are here learning that we can work together. …

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