82nd Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Simon Gardner
Battalion Commander

LTC Simon Gardner Lieutenant Colonel Simon Gardner was born in Nocton, England and raised in both the United Kingdom and Massachusetts. He enlisted in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout in 1986 and achieved the rank of Sergeant before graduating Officers Candidate School in 1991.

Commissioned as an Armor officer, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader in First Squadron, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany. He later served as the Bravo Company Executive Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Adjutant of 2nd Battalion of the 68th Armor Regiment in Baumholder, Germany, deploying to Operation Intrinsic Action in Kuwaut. CPT Gardner deployed to Incirlik, Turkey and Zakho, Northern Iraq as the Deputy Operations Officer for Joint Special Operations Task Force One, supporting Operation Provide Comfort II. Following the Armor Advanced Course, he commanded the Army’s Scout Platoon Leader Course, Bravo Troop and Headquarters Troop of the First Squadron, 16th Cavalry Regiment at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In 1999, he attended the Civil Affairs Qualification Course and entered the Civil Affairs community. He served as a team leader in Delta Company where he deployed his team to Afghanistan in November, 2001 and as the Theater Plans Officer and later, Commander of Charlie Company 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) deploying to Iraq in February, 2003.

Upon graduation from the US Army Command and Staff College in Leavenworth, Kansas, he served as a NATO Civil-Military Staff Officer at Joint Forces Command in Brunssum, The Netherlands and as the Chief of Civil Military Operations, J9 and later Provincial Reconstruction Team Engagement Chief , International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan.

LTG Gardner moved to Fort Hood, Texas in 2008 to become the Assistant Chief of Staff G9 (Civil Military Operations) for the First Cavalry Division in both Fort Hood and Baghdad, Iraq. He then served as the Deputy Commander of the 85th Civil Affairs Brigade at Fort Hood Texas.

LTC Gardner assumed command of the 82nd Civil Affairs Battalion in June of 2012. He has a BSc. in Equine Management from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a MSc. in Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict from the Naval PostGraduate School in Monterey, California.


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.