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97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)

The 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) was first constituted on 25 August 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 97th Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Military Government Group, and activated at the Presidio of Monterey, California. At the end of the Second World War, the unit was deployed to Korea to assist with the occupation. The unit was inactivated on 25 January 1949 in Korea.

The unit was redesignated on 8 November 1961 as the 97th Civil Affairs Group and allotted to the Regular Army and activated on 15 December 1961 on Okinawa. It was inactivated on 25 June 1969 on Okinawa.

The Battalion was reactivated as an airborne unit on 16 March 2007 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Activated at the same time was the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne), an element of US Army Special Operations Command, to which the Battalion was assigned. The Battalion's regional focus was to support operations within the US Pacific Command (PACOM) area of responsibility. The 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) subsequently deployed teams in support of the Joint Special Operations Task Force - Philippines (JSOTF-P).




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