82nd Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Joseph J. Malizia Jr.
Battalion Commander

LTC Joseph J. Malizia Jr. LTC 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 Devon A. Lewis
Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Devon A. Lewis CSM Devon A.E. Lewis is a native of Queens, New York. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1994 and attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO as an engineer. In 2005 he reclass to Civil Affairs.

CSM Lewis has served in various leadership positions. Positions he has held include Squad Driver, Team Leader, Squad Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Team Engineer, Team Sergeant, CMOC NCOIC, First Sergeant, Theater Special Operations Command Civil Affairs NCOIC, United States Army Pacific G9 Sergeant Major and Battalion CSM for the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion.

His assignments throughout his military career include 65th ENGRS, Schofield Barracks, HI; 37th ENGRS (ABN) Ft. Bragg, NC; 173rd Combat Support Company (ABN) Vicenza, Italy; B.CO 96th Civil Affairs (ABN) Ft. Bragg, NC; B.CO 97th Civil Affairs (ABN) Ft. Bragg, NC; SOJ 38 Special Operations Command Pacific (ABN) Camp Smith, HI; G-9 United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, HI and Battalion CSM for the 83rd Civil Affairs Battalion, Fort Bragg, NC.

CSM Lewis has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Squad Leader with 173rd CSC (ABN) Vicenza, Italy; Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines (OEF-P) and Cambodia as Team Engineer with B.CO 96thCAB (ABN); Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines (OEF-P) as Team Sergeant with B.CO 96thCAB (ABN);Operation Enduring Freedom Afghanistan (OEF) B.CO 96th CAB (ABN) as Team Sergeant; Operation Iraqi Freedom as company First Sergeant with B.CO 97th CAB (ABN); Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines (OEF-P) as company First Sergeant with B.CO 97th CAB (ABN). CSM Lewis as deployed to Philippines, Thailand and Korea with SOCPAC as the SOJ 38 and Indonesia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri-Lanka and Mongolia with USARPAC as the G-9. He also deployed to OEF with the 83rd Civil Affairs as the Battalion CSM.