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    The Role of Civil Affairs(03:33)

    Members of the Army Reserve 425th Civil Affairs Battalion prepare to deploy. Soldiers who work in civil affairs reach out to civilians and establish relationships between the civilians and the Military. Their roles may range from public relations to emergency assistance.

    All members of the Army Reserve train regularly in case they are called to duty, and they receive the same training as active-duty service members.

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Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: Delta Company, 425th Civil Affairs battalion will be deploying in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In that capacity, they're going to be working in support of the 25th infantry division, performing civil military operations and civil affairs support.

Maj. Scott Ginsburg: I think from a civilian perspective, the best way to look at civil affairs is we are the primary liaison between the United States Army and the local populace of whatever area we're working with.

Staff Sgt. David Scott: We win the peace by winning the hearts and minds of the local population. We go in, we try to win them over, so that they better serve whatever battle commander we're supporting in that area.

Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Motley: Our overall goal is basically just to take care of the needs of the people after the harsh realities of war.

Maj. Scott Ginsburg: We have police officers, people that, you know, firemen. We have teachers. We have people that work in the private sector, people who work in the public sector. All basically they put aside their private lives, and they come together to do this mission. However, for civil affairs, unlike many other military units, the fact that we have these civilian jobs actually enhances our work downrange because we bring that civilian perspective.

Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: You can use those skills that you bring from your civilian job to translate them into a capability in the Army Reserve, and then build your team even stronger.

Maj. Scott Ginsburg: We have been training for the last eight months or so.

Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: They've come together during that time, and they've had a number of training events that have just done an absolutely outstanding job of providing them the skills and capabilities they're going to need to be successful in this mission.

Sgt. Chad Reiber: The training that I've had makes me really confident.

Maj. Scott Ginsburg: It's not like what people see on TV, where you just grab a weapon and go fight. There's a lot of planning and preparation that goes into a lot of administrative work.

Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: Well, one of the challenges that we face as an Army Reserve unit is, unlike the Active Duty, where you work together every day and build those strong bonds gradually over time, we don't have those opportunities to train together as frequently and as often. And so I'm really excited at how fast Delta 425 has been able to nurture those bonds, and then go out and be very successful downrange.

Spc. Rene Ruiz: The way we build up our team cohesion is just going on our missions and interacting with each other. We stay with each other; we talk to each other and learn as much as we can from each other.

Maj. Scott Ginsburg: I don't believe any mission can be completed just by one person alone. It takes a team to complete the mission.

Staff Sgt. David Scott: You have to have this teamwork element where everybody's working together, being able to do exactly the same mission regardless of rank and experience.

Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: In my mind, I have no doubt that they're going to excel at it.

Capt. Cole Calloway: I look at the Army, especially my unit, as my second family. I hear friends of mine who talk about their fraternity group when they were in college, and I kind of laugh at them. I'm like, "You've never really been in a fraternity." The Military is the best fraternity on the planet as far as I know.

Spc. Rene Ruiz: You may be leaving your immediate family behind, but you're still going overseas with family. So no matter what, you're always going to be around people you know that you care for. And you know will always have your back, and that's the grand thing about it.

Lt. Col. Michele Haberlach: One of the things that I think as a Soldier keeps bringing us back to the Army, keeps bringing us back to the Army Reserve, keeps bringing us back to serve, is the quality and nature of the personal relationships that we build in the Army. And knowing that as we leave one family, we're just transitioning to another. And that we're twice as strong because we have both.