82nd Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Gardner
Battalion Commander

LTC Simon GardnerLTC Malizia was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1996, he was commissioned into the Military Police Corps where he served as a platoon leader at Fort Clayton, Panama. In 1999, LTC Malizia completed a branch transfer to the Quartermaster Corps and was transferred to Fort Polk, Louisiana where he was assigned to the 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment as the Assistant S-3. He later served as the commander of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 142nd Corps Support Battalion and deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 as the commander of the 229th Quartermaster Company. Upon his return, LTC Malizia completed a Training With Industry assignment with Sunoco, Incorporated in Philadelphia and a utilization tour as a Test Operations Officer with a Joint Test and Evaluation at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. In 2006, LTC Malizia attended the Civil Affairs Qualification Course at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Upon completion, he was assigned to Alpha Company, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) and deployed as a Team Leader to Iraq in support of the Iraqi Surge campaign. He then transferred to Bravo Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) where he served as the CMOC Chief in Colombia in support of Operation WILLING SPIRIT. In 2009, LTC Malizia assumed command of Bravo Company while deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM-CARIBBEAN AND CENTRAL AMERICA. After a tour in the G-35 at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, LTC Malizia completed his Intermediate Level Education requirements and was transferred to Fort Drum, New York. While there, he served as the Assistant Chief of Staff, G-9 for the 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) and deployed to Afghanistan as the CJ-9 for the Combined Joint Task Force-10 in RC EAST. LTC Malizia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the University of Richmond and graduated with honors from the Kansas University Interagency Studies Program with a Masters of Arts in Global and International Studies.  

Command Sergeant Major Lawrence G. Janis
Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Lawrence G. Janis Command Sergeant Major Lawrence G. Janis, a native of Florida, graduated from Ayer High School MA. in 1987 and entered active duty on 14 April 1989 at Fort Benning, Georgia where he completed Basic Training and Advance Individual Training as a Infantryman. CSM Janis has served in a variety of assignments.

CSM Janis assignments include 75th Ranger REGT; 82nd Airborne Division Fort Bragg, North Carolina; 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Germany with E Company, 51st LRRC; 6th Ranger Training Brigade, Eglin AFB, Florida; B Company, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); B Company, 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); A Company, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), S-3 SGM 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne), Command Sergeant Major of 98th Civil Affairs Battalion, 3rd Battalion Special Warfare Center (Airborne), Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

CSM Janis deployed to the following Countries with 95th Civil Affairs Brigade: Indonesia, Sir Lanka, Thailand, and Afghanistan. Currently Command Sergeant Major Janis serves as the Battalion Command Sergeant Major for the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Stewart, Georgia.

CSM Janis military education includes the Warriors Leaders Course; Advanced Leaders Course; Senior Leaders Course; Joint Special Operations Forces Senior Enlisted Academy; Air Force Senior Enlisted Academy; Airborne; JumpMaster; Air Assault; Pathfinder; Ranger; SRSC; LRC Leader Course; Long Range Patrol Leader Course; Long Range Patrol Medic Course; Germany SERE; SERE-C; Sniper; Special Operations Target Interdiction Course; EMT; Gryphon Group; Crisis Response International (Counter Terrorism Training); Intac; ITC;TCC; Fast Rope Master; Tactical Emergency Vehicle Operation Course, Pre-Command Course.

CSM Janis awards and decorations include the Bronze Star (2nd award); Meritorious Service Medal (4th award); Army Commendation Medal (5th award); Army Achievement Medal (3th award); Good Conduct Medal (6th award); National Defense Service Medal; Global War on Terrorism Service Medal; War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; Expeditionary Medal; Kuwait Liberation Medal; South West Asia Service Medal; NATO Medal (2nd Awards) Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons (Numeral 4); Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon; Parachutist Badge; Ranger tab; Expert Infantryman’s badge; Combat Infantryman Badge; Canadian; Germany, Belgaum; British Parachutist Badge.