83rd Civil Affairs Battalion

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Rice
Battalion Commander

LTC Bill RiceLieutenant Colonel Bill Rice was commissioned in 1994 as an infantry officer and ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Covenant College and a Master of Arts in English Literature from Colorado State University.

As an Infantry Officer, LTC Rice served as a Rifle Platoon Leader, Company Executive Officer, and Battalion Personnel Officer in the 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry, in the 10th Mountain Division (Light), Fort Drum, NY; Commander, A and C Company, 2nd Battalion, 58th Infantry Regiment , Fort Benning, GA; and Assistant Professor of English, United States Military Academy.

Following his service at USMA, LTC Rice was selected and trained as a Civil Affairs Officer, and served as Civil Military Operations Officer for the 1st BCT (Bastogne), 101st Airborne, Fort Campbell, KY; Chief, Civil Information Management, 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne); Executive Officer, 98th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne); Director, Development and Governance, Village Stability National Coordination Center, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan; and Chief of Civil Affairs, Directorate of Information Support Operations and Civil Affairs, U.S. Army Special Operations Command.

His military education includes the Infantry Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, Airborne School, Ranger School, Combined Arms Services Staff School, Jungle Operations School, Civil Affairs Qualification Course, and Command and General Staff College.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Expert Infantryman Badge, Iraq and Afghanistan Campaign Medals, and Humanitarian Service Medal.


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.