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.
Lt. Col. Diana J. Parzik, Battalion Commander
Lt. Col. Diana Parzik was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps officer into the U.S. Army in 2001. Her first tour was at Landstuhl, Germany, and she deployed from there to Honduras and later to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
In 2007 Parzik was assigned to the 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command in Korea and served as the senior safety and medical staff officer. In 2009 she assumed command of the joint medical unit at Joint Task Force - Bravo, Honduras, where she led medical teams throughout Central America. Following completion of command, she was assigned to the National Capital Region and served as the environmental chief for the North Regional Medical Command at Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Parzik left active duty in 2010 to work as a civil servant for the assistant secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) and transitioned into the U.S. Army Reserve to become a Civil Affairs officer while assigned to the 352nd Civil Affairs Command. In 2013 she was deployed with the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion to Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa as a Civil Affairs team leader in Ali Sabieh, Djibouti. Upon her return, Parzik assumed command of Charlie Company, 437th Civil Affairs Battalion, Virginia Beach. Following selection and graduation from the Information Operations program, Chapel Hill, in 2019, she accepted a career broadening assignment with the Joint Information Operations Warfare Center (JIOWC) and worked for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon. Parzik currently serves as commander of the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion located at Fort Carson, Colorado.
Parzik is a graduate of James Madison University and holds a Bachelor of Science in integrated science and technology. She attained her master’s of public health in communicable diseases from the University of South Florida in 2003. Her military training includes the U.S. Army Medical Department Officer Basic Course and Captain’s Career Course, and the Civil Affairs Qualification Course. She also has graduate certificates in security, stability and development in complex operations (SSDCO) and rule of law (RoL) from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. In 2015 she completed Command and General Staff and she holds a master degree from the Naval War College. Parzik is also a graduate of the International Diploma in Humanitarian Assistance (IDHA), Geneva.
In her civilian career, Parzik is a counter-disinformation coordinator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and serves as a civil servant in the Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG). She resides in Springfield, Virginia.
Command Sgt. Maj. Paul M. Patterson
Command Sgt. Maj. Paul M. Patterson enlisted in the U.S. Army in May 1995 in Saratoga, Wyoming. He attended basic training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and completed Combat Medic Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
In 1996, he was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 32nd Armor Regiment, at Fort Lewis, Washington, as a combat medic. From there he was assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 168th Medical Battalion, Taegu, South Korea, as the NCO in charge (NCOIC) of the Taegu medical clinic.
After Korea, he was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with Echo Company, 4th Forward Support Battalion, as a combat medic.
He left active duty and joined the U.S. Army Reserve in 2001 with the 1835th Combat Stress Control Detachment in Aurora, Colorado, where he held multiple positions culminating as the NCOIC of the Joint Base Balad Patriot Clinic in 2009. Following redeployment from Iraq in 2009, he was promoted and transferred to the 3rd Battalion, 316th Regiment, in Lakewood, Colorado, as an observer/controller trainer. While there he was the senior medic and culminated as the first sergeant of the company. When he was selected for master sergeant he was transferred to the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion and was selected to be the Headquarters and Headquarters Company first sergeant where he served four years.
In 2018 he was selected for promotion to sergeant major and was assigned to the 89th Special Troops Battalion, Kansas City, Missouri. After serving 30 months at that assignment, he returned to the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion as the command sergeant major where he serves today.
Patterson is a 2020 graduate from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in health care administration. His military education includes Sergeants Major Academy, Battle Staff NCO Course, Senior Leader Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officer Course, Primary Leadership Development Course, Observer Controller/Trainer and Field Sanitation Training.
His military decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal (seven oak leaf clusters), Army Achievement Medal (five oak leaf clusters), Good Conduct Medal, Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal with star, Global War on Terror Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Service Ribbon, Reserve Component Overseas Service Ribbon, Iraqi Campaign Medal with star, Expert Field Medical Badge and Driver/Operator badge with Operator-S, Driver-T and Driver-W bars.
Patterson is married and he and his wife have four children. In his civilian career he now serves the State of Colorado as a health services administrator for the Colorado Department of Corrections in Denver.
The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is the newest battalion in the United States Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (Airborne). The battalion follows the long and storied history of the Civil Affairs Regiment within the United States Special Operations Command and the United States Army Reserve.
The battalion regularly deploys its civil affairs teams and companies throughout the Indo-Pacific region in support of various operations and exercises. The 440th has sent teams to Philippines, Thailand, Malaysia, Timor Leste, Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Tonga, Palau, Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea, as well as supported exercises in Korea, Japan, Hawaii and Guam.
The unit traces its lineage to the 440th Military Government Company which was organized and activated Oct. 1, 1950, in Wenatchee, Washington, as part of the Organized Reserve Corps. The unit was redesignated as the 440th Civil Affairs and Military Government Company Aug. 13, 1956, and later as the 440th Civil Affairs Company Dec. 10, 1959. The unit was inactivated Feb. 29, 1968, until the Headquarters and Headquarters Company was re-designated Jan. 12, 2009. The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion was formally activated and held its first formation Sept. 16, 2012, at Fort Carson, Colorado.
The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion’s four tactical line companies and one headquarters and headquarters company are designed to support a division-level command with civil affairs companies assigned to support brigade combat teams. The unit serves as the critical link to civilian authorities through all phases of combat operations. In addition to being cultural experts, the 440th Civil Affairs Battalion provides subject matter experts in civil-military operations, civil information management, foreign humanitarian assistance, nation assistance, population resource control and support to civil administration. The battalion’s ranks are predominantly composed of reservists, allowing them to use their civilian experiences and expertise in occupations such as medicine, emerging technology, law enforcement, engineering, public health, diplomacy, government, law, banking and public administration.
The 440th Civil Affairs Battalion is assigned to the 364th Civil Affairs Brigade in Clackamas, Oregon and the 351st Civil Affairs Command in Mountain View, California. All of the battalion’s organic units are located at Fort Carson.
The unit motto “Aut viam inveniam aut faciam” is a Latin proverb attributed to the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca. According to legend it was his response when told by his subordinates that it was impossible to move his war elephants over the Alps in support of his invasion of Rome. It translates to “I will either find a way or make one.”440 Civil Affairs Battalion Welcome Letter