On order, the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion mobilizes and deploys by air and sea. The battalion plans, coordinates, and executes Civil Affairs operations in support of a Division, Brigade Combat Team or other units as directed for training and operational missions. The battalion also maintains regional orientation on the USAPACOM AOR.
Is to establish the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion through Army Regulations and policies that are nested within your discipline, duties, and commitment to the principles of the Army Values that are essential in order for the battalion to accomplish its assigned wartime and peacetime missions.
Lieutenant Colonel Damone A. Garner enlisted into the Army National Guard from May 1989 to December 1993. In 1994, Lieutenant Colonel Garner received his commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery and entered active duty. Lieutenant Colonel Garner’s most recent assignment was Chief of Readiness and Mobilization headquarters USACAPOC (A) Fort Bragg, NC. He is now assuming command of the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Carson, CO.
Lieutenant Colonel Garner has served in a variety of notable positions gaining much experience. Some of his most prominent assignments include serving with the 2ACR as Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and Executive Officer for 2HWB. He also served as TC Commander for OPFOR operations for JRTC. Lieutenant Colonel Garner later was assigned with the 82nd Airborne Division Detachment where he served as the Division Rear Fire Support Officer, and Operations Officer. He was later assigned as the Commander of 354th Civil Affairs Brigade, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Riverdale Park, Maryland. Lieutenant Colonel Garner’s deployments include deploying with the 422D CA BN with the 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized) in support of “OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM I” as a battalion S-3 Officer. He then deployed as the Senior Advisor to Afghan Local Police of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan for NATO-Training Mission-Afghanistan and Combined Security Training Command-Afghanistan.
Lieutenant Colonel Garner also has an extensive military education. His most noteworthy military education includes the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies (SAASS), Marine Corps Command and General Staff College, Joint Military Civil Operations Course, and Ranger School. He has also earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University, a Masters in Military Studies from Marine Corps University, and a Masters of Airpower Art and Science from Air University. Through his abilities and training as an Officer and leader, Lieutenant Colonel Garner has also received a number of awards. His most distinguished awards being a Purple Heart and Bronze Star with Valor (with three Oak Leaf Cluster).
Battalion Command Sergeant Major
CSM Aaron A. Miller joined the US Army in September 1986, and attended Basic training and Advanced Individual training in 1987. Notably, his most recent assignment was with the 407th CA BN as the Operations Sergeant responsible for the training of 203 CA troops. Currently, he is the BN SGM for the 440th CA BN, Fort Carson, CO. Over CSM Miller’s career he has served in a variety of positions and in a variety of assignments. Some of which include serving with the 4th INF DIV, Fort Carson, Co. CSM Miller also volunteered and deployed in 1990 in support of Operation Desert Shield/Operation Desert Storm with the 257th MP CO. Other deployments include Operation Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan, Operation Enduring Freedom-Horn of Africa and Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CSM Miller has attended the United States Army Sergeant Major’s Academy, the Advanced NCO Course, and also Special Forces Selection and Assessment Course. CSM Miller also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from North Dakota State University. He has also been awarded with the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, a Joint Services Commendation Medal, an Army Commendation Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, an Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.
Organized 1 October 1950 in the Organized Reserve Corps as the 440th Military Government Company and concurrently activated in Wenatchee, Washington. The 440th was reorganized and re-designated 13 August 1956 as the 440th Civil Affairs and Military Government Company. The unit was shortly thereafter reorganized and re-designated 10 December 1959 as the 440th Civil Affairs Company. The unit inactivated 29 February 1968 at Wenatchee, Washington. The unit was re-designated 12 January 2009 as Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 440th Civil Affairs Battalion.
Activated on 16 September 2012, at Fort Carson, Colorado, the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is the newest battalion within the United States Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC. The Civil Affairs community has a long and storied history with the United States Special Operations Command and now the United States Army Reserve.
The motto of the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion, "Aut Viam Inveniam Aut Faciam", translates, "I will either find a way, or make one" a Latin proverb attributed to Hannibal Barca in response to his generals who had declared it impossible to cross the Alps with elephants. Hannibal Barca represents the true nature of Civil Affairs. He was a Warrior Citizen, Statesman, Logistician, and arguably the father of strategy. The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is forging this same attitude/motto as they are establishing the "premier" Civil Affairs Battalion in the Army.
The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion (War Elephants) is assigned to the 351st Civil Affairs Command in Mountain View, California. The battalion consists of a Battalion Headquarters and four tactical Civil Affairs Companies all located at Fort Carson, Colorado. The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is designed to support at the Division level with Civil Affairs Companies to support Brigade Combat Teams in providing commanders with ready capability to plan, enable, shape, and manage Civil Affairs Operations during combat and stability phases. Civil Affairs, in addition to being Cultural Experts, are a force multiplier and provides the Combatant Commander with Subject Matter Experts in civil-military operations, civil information management, foreign humanitarian assistance, nation assistance, population resource control, and support to civil administration in support of USPACOM and other missions around the world as directed.
Civil-military operations have been conducted in the United States military since Colonial times and became major activities for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Today's Civil Affairs units are the field commander's link to the civil authorities in the commander's area of operations. The Civil Affairs community is predominantly composed of Army Reserve Soldiers which allows them to use their civilian experiences and expertise in many occupations such as law enforcement, engineering, medicine, law, banking, and public administration. The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is poised and ready to carry on the proud tradition of excllence in the Civil Affairs community.