The 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) recently conducted a battalion-level battle staff and planning exercise demonstrating their capability to organize and deploy in support of a Combined Joint Task Force during the recent Operation Mountain Divide training exercise.

As part of the exercise, the battalion also conducted a detailed mission planning in support of a contingency operation involving replicated joint, interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational interaction.

The training exercise was integrated with the 20th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and 1st Battalion, 20th SFG (A) command and staffs annual training exercise conducted in Montana via the distributed training concept used by the Mission Command Exercise Division.

The 96th CA Bn. (A) executed the ARSOF 2022 vision of multiplying potential partnerships within the Army, creating an integrated and distributed training environment to improve the unit’s ability to provide trained and ready SOF Civil Affairs Soldiers to commanders worldwide.

The training exercise was supported by the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Special Operations Mission Training Center at Fort Bragg.

“The Special Operations Mission Training Center is the perfect venue to meet our training objectives,” said Maj. Patrick D. Blankenship, executive officer for the 96th CA Bn. “The interactive nature of this type of training enhances the capabilities of the battalion and satisfies their training objectives related to command and control of Civil Affairs forces in the field.”