83rd Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Samuel (Kyle) Simpson II
Battalion Commander

LTC Bill RiceLieutenant Colonel Kyle Simpson graduated from the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Spanish in 1993 and was commissioned in the Infantry. He was later functionally designated as a Latin American foreign area officer, before transferring to Civil Affairs.

As an infantry officer, LTC Simpson served in the 187th Infantry Regiment at Fort Campbell, Kentucky; 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment at Camp Casey, Republic of South Korea; Army Forces, Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras; and the 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. After company command, he completed a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at Vanderbilt University in 2002 and then served as an instructor and the Course Director for the Intermediate Spanish Course in the Department of Foreign Languages at West Point.

LTC Simpson transferred to the Civil Affairs branch upon promotion to Major. His service as a civil affairs officer began as a Civil Affairs Team Leader with A and B Companies, 96th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) from 2005 to 2006, including service in southern Afghanistan, and the Brigade Civil Military Operations Officer in 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, including 15 months in Baghdad, Iraq during the "Surge" from 2007-2008. After completing the School of Advanced Military Studies with a Master of Military Arts and Science, he subsequently served as a stability operations planner and, later, Chief of Stability Operations Plans on the Campaign Management Team in the Plans Directorate of the ISAF Joint Command in Kabul from 2010-2011 and G3 Contingency Plans Branch Chief at U.S. Army Europe from 2011-2012. In 2013, he returned to Fort Bragg as Director of Language and Regional Studies in the Special Warfare Education Group at United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School.

LTC Simpson is a graduate of the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, the Army Command and General Staff Officers Course and the School of Advanced Military Studies. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, Expert Infantryman Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, and the Sapper Tab.

 

Command Sergeant Major Devon A.E. Lewis
Battalion Command Sergeant Major

Command Sergeant Major Lawrence G. JanisCommand Sergeant Major Devon A.E. Lewis is a native of Queens, New York. He entered the U.S. Army in May 1994. CSM Lewis attended One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Ft. Leonardwood, MO.

CSM Lewis has served in various leadership positions. Positions he has held include 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.

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; Special Operations Command Pacific (ABN) Camp Smith, HI; United States Army Pacific, Fort Shafter, HI.

He is a graduate of the Air Assault Course, Warrior Leaders Course, Advance Noncommissioned Officers Course, Senior Noncommissioned Officers Course, Advance Airborne Course, First Sergeant Course, SERE Course; Sapper Leaders Course, Individual Terrorism Awareness Course, Supervisor Development Course, Civil Affairs Course, BN Intel/OPS Course, Manager Development Course, United States Army Sergeants Major Academy, Command Sergeants Major Course.

CSM Lewis has participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom as a Squad Leader with the 173rd CSC (ABN) Vicenza, Italy; Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines (OEFP) as Team Engineer with B.CO 96thCAB (ABN); Operation Enduring Freedom (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 (OEFP) as company First Sergeant with B.CO 97th CAB (ABN).

CSM Lewis’ awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (1OLC), Meritorious Service Medal (1OLC), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (3OLC), Army Achievement Medal (2OLC), Army Good Conduct Medal (6th award), National Defense Service Medal (w/ Bronze Star), Expeditionary Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal (w/2 Bronze Stars), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, NCO Professional Development Ribbon( w/# 4); Army Service Ribbon (w/ bronze star); Overseas Service Ribbon(w/ # 3), Master Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge, Drivers/Mechanic Badge, Joint Meritorious Unit Award(w/2OLC), Meritorious Unit Commendation, Army Superior Unit Award.