Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Operation Just Cause

Magazine article Warrior - Citizen

Operation Just Cause

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Army Reserve Soldiers were among the nearly 26,000 troops deployed. There were 15 Army Reserve units and 311 individually mobilized Army Reserve Soldiers called to duty for the carefully planned and well-executed operation that overwhelmed the Panamanian Defense Forces of dictator Manuel Noriega. The goal: restore order and arrest Noriega on drug-trafficking charges.

Today's Civil Affairs: A Critical Liaison

Civil Affairs Soldiers were among the Soldiers integral to restoring Panama's democratically-elected government. Through their ground-level interactions and understanding of local cultures and the people, these specialized troops are able to glean a sense of local dynamics. Today, the vast majority of the Army's Civil Affairs capabilities are provided by the Army Reserve. Civil Affairs Soldiers and units act as a liaison between the Army and civilian authorities and populations. They identify critical requirements needed by local citizens in combat or crisis situations such as natural and man-made disasters. Civil Affairs Soldiers combine regional expertise, language competency, political-military awareness, cross-cultural communication and professional military skills to conduct operations and support civil-military.

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WITH THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL AND END OF THE COLD WAR, the peacetime military was faced with reduced budgets and active forces. In response, Congress sought to leverage the reserve components to fill the gap, requiring the Army Reserve to man, equip and train at Active Army levels. …

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