98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne)
The 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) was first constituted on 25 August 1945 in the Army of the United States as the 98th Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, Military Government Group and activated on 26 August 1945 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 consolidated on 31 December 1989 with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Civil Affairs Group. 3rd Civil Affairs Group had been first constituted on 1 December 1967 in the Regular Army as Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Civil Affairs Group and activated on 1 October 1968 in the Panama Canal Zone. It was inactivated there on 31 December 1974 in the Panama Canal Zone. The consolidated unit was redesignated as the 98th Civil Affairs Group and concurrently allotted to the Regular Army. Still inactive, the unit was redesignated on 16 September 1992 as the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion.
The Battalion was formally activated on 16 March 2008 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and was assigned to the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne). As of March 2008, soldiers of the 98th Civil Affairs Battalion were already participating in Operation Iraqi Freedom and operations in Africa. Other 98th Civil Affairs Brigade soldiers were expected to deploy in support of the Global War on Terror later in 2008. Despite these deployments, the Battalion was technically focused to support operations within the US Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) area of responsibility.
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