81st Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Nutt
Battalion Commander

LTC DENNIS NUTT LTC Dennis Nutt was born in Dallas, Texas. He attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1997. LTC Nutt was subsequently commissioned as an Armor officer.

LTC Nutt’s previous assignments include Tank Platoon Leader, Mortar Platoon Leader, and Tank Company Executive Officer in 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas; Battalion S3 Air and Battalion Maintenance Officer, 2-70 Armor, Fort Riley, Kansas; Squadron S-3 and Company Commander in 1st Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment, Fort Knox, Kentucky; Civil Affairs Team Leader, A Company, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, Company Commander, A Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Assistant Defense Attaché for Colombia; Deputy Brigade Commander, 85th Civil Affairs Brigade, Fort Hood, Texas.

LTC Nutt’s Military Education includes; Armor Officer Basic Course, M1A2 Abrams Tank Commander's Course, Air Assault, Mortar Leader's Course, Master Fitness Trainer Course, Armor Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Joint Firepower Control Course, Anti-Terrorism Instructor Qualification Course, Airborne, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, Regional Studies Course, Intermediate-Level Education, National Interagency Intergovernmental Course, Military Attaché Training Course. He also completed a fellowship with the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington D.C. as part of the Command and General Staff College Interagency Fellowship and he holds a Master of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Texas.

LTC Nutt’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Iraq Campaign Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal, and the NATO Medal, Combat Action Badge, Airborne Badge, and Air Assault Badge. He is also a member of the Order of Saint George and Order of Winfield Scott.

Command Sergeant Major Rodney L. Crowder
Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Garric M. Banfiel SGM Rodney L. Crowder is a native of North Carolina. He graduated from Asheboro High School in 1985 and entered active duty 28 July 1988 at Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed Basic Training, Advance Infantry Individual Training, and Airborne School. SGM Crowder has served in a variety of assignments.

SGM Crowder's assignments include C Company, 1st/508th Infantry (Airborne), Fort Kobe, PM; PathFinder Detachment 1st/509th Infantry (Airborne) Fort Rucker AL; C Company, 4th/27th Infantry Battalion, 25th Infantry Division, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; C Company 3rd /325th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 82nd Infantry Division(Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; Long Range Surveillance Detachment (Airborne), 2nd Infantry Division, Republic of Korea; C Company 1st/507th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Airborne), Fort Benning, GA; D Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC; HQs Company, 3rd Army(ARCENT), Atlanta GA; D Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, HHC S-3 SGM, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), HHC S-3 SGM 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC, S-3 SGM 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Fort Bragg, NC SGM Crowder has deployed to the following Countries with the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade and ARCENT G3; Afghanistan, Germany, Nigeria, Senegal, Morocco, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Djibouti Africa. Currently SGM Crowder serves as the AFRICOM J5 Senior Enlisted Advisor, Stuttgart Germany.

SGM Crowder military education includes the Warriors Leaders Course, Advance Leaders Course, Senior Leaders Course, Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Leaders Course, United States Army Sergeant Major Academy, Airborne, Jumpmaster, Air Assault, Pathfinder, Light Infantry Leaders Course, EMT, Gryphon Group, AFG-PAK Hands Program.

SGM Crowder awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (3rd award), Joint Service Commendation Medal (2nd award), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (3rd award), Good Conduct Medal (8th award), National Defense Service Medal (3rd award), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal; Humanitarian Service Medal, Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, NATO Medal (2nd Awards), Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon/w Numeral 4, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon (5th award), Combat Infantryman Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Expert Infantryman’s badge, Canadian, British Parachutist Badge.