81st Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett
Battalion Commander

LTC Charles R Burnett Lieutenant Colonel Charles R. Burnett was born and raised in South East Michigan. He attended Norwich University, The Military College of Vermont and Graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Justice Studies and Sociology in 1995. Lt. Col. Burnett entered active duty was subsequently commissioned as a Infantry Officer.

Lt. Col. Burnett’s previous assignments include Rifle Platoon Leader, Anti-Tank Platoon Leader and Anti-Tank Company Executive officer 1-508 Airborne Battalion Combat Team, Vicenza Italy; Battalion Assistant S-3 and Battalion Air Officer 1-506th Infantry, Camp Greaves South Korea; 82nd Airborne Division G-3 Assistant Operations Officer, 505th PIR Brigade Training Officer, Commander C Company, 2-505th PIR, FT Bragg, North Carolina; Civil Affairs Team Leader B Company 97th Civil Affairs Battalion, Company Commander C Company 98th Civil Affairs Battalion; Battalion Operations Officer and Battalion Executive Officer 98th Civil Affairs Battalion Fort Bragg, NC.

Lt. Col. Burnett’s Military education includes, Infantry One Station Unit Training, Airborne School, The Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Infantry fighting vehicle commander course, Ranger School, Jumpmaster School, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Defense Language Institute Thai Language Course, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, the Regional Studies course and the Naval College of Command and Staff where he was awarded a Master of Arts degree in National Security Studies.

Lt. Col. Burnett’s Award’s and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal with two OLC, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal with 2 Stars, GWOT-Expeditionary Medal, GWOT-Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and the Master Parachutist’s Badge.


Command Sergeant Major Garric M. Banfield
Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Garric M. Banfiel Command Sergeant Major Garric M. Banfield entered the Army in June 1992. Since then, he has served in numerous leadership positions ranging from Scout Team Leader to Command Sergeant Major.

CSM Banfield served as Platoon Sergeant in Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 1st U.S. Cavalry Regiment; Civil Affairs Team Sergeant in Delta Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); and held First Sergeant positions in Charlie Company and HHC, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion. His last assignment before assuming responsibility of the 81st Civil Affairs Battalion was Senior Enlisted Advisor at the Combined Arms Center Special Operations Forces cell.

CSM Banfield has served overseas on several operational assignments in Korea and Germany. He has deployed numerous times to the Balkans, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

CSM Banfield has attended numerous military schools and training programs to include the Sergeant Major Course; Battle Staff Non-Commissioned Officer Course; and SERE-C.

CSM Banfield's civilian education includes a Bachelor's of Science in Information System Management from University of Maryland, University College and a Master's of Science in Defense Analysis with an emphasis in Unconventional Warfare from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey California.

CSM Banfield has numerous awards and decorations including the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal.