Danbury Area gathers to honor local U.S Army Reserve Detachment as they mobilize

May 19, 2019 Danbury CT

Local Fire Department, Police, EMS, Civil Air Patrol, Legislators, Veterans and family members gathered Sunday Morning at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at 90 Wooster Heights Road to honor a detachment of soldiers from the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion with the US Army Reserve. They are mobilizing for a one year mission.

Members of the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion with Danbury Fire and EMS personnel Photo by Christine Waldron.

The 411th Civil Affairs Battalion is a civil affairs (CA) unit of the United States Army. It is based at Danbury Connecticut. The battalion has been involved in almost every conflict or major operation since Operation Just Cause in Panama in 1989, most recently serving in the Horn of Africa from 2016 to 2017.

The history between the 399th Composite Squadron Civil Air Patrol and the 411th Civil Affairs Battalion goes back to the early 1970's when both units were designated the 399th. Both were based in Danbury, and the units worked so closely together that the Danbury Squadron adopted the Unit Designation "399th". At the time the Army unit was known as the 399th Civil Affairs Group which was established in 1945 and served in the Pacific Theater before being transferred to Danbury.

In 1978 with the draw down of Civil Affairs forces after the Vietnam War, the 399th Civil Affairs Group was deactivated and it’s personnel were reassigned to Detachment 1 the 411th Civil Affairs Company still based in Danbury. The 411th Civil Affairs Company was established in 1959 in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1991, the 411th was reconstituted as a Battalion and consolidated in Danbury the following year.

With a working relationship of almost 50 years, Civil Air Patrol is proud to have supported this detachment and will do everything possible to continue to support the 411th. The Danbury cadets were available for the day to assist in parking cars, guiding guests and preparing the facility.

Brigadier General Robert S. Cooley, the Commanding General of the 353rd Civil Affairs Command was at the facility to honor the mobilizing soldiers, meet the families and spent some time with the community including the CAP cadets.

The 399th Composite Squadron would like to thank General Cooley, Colonel Farris, Lieutenant Colonel Piazza, Major Dillman, Major Saadi, Command Sargent Major Benedict and Command Sergeant Major Patterson for spending a few moments with our cadets.

Danbury Cadets with General Cooley (R) and Command Sergeant Major Benedict (L) Photo by Brian Waldron

Danbury CAP Cadets with Command Sergeant Major Patterson (L) Lieutenant Colonel Piazza (C) and Major Saadi (2nd from right)

Danbury Cadets returning from parking detail-Photo Christine Waldron

General Cooley addresses the formation Photo by Christine Waldron

Members of the 399th Composite Squadron meet on Tuesday's from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Armed Forces Reserve Center, Danbury, CT. The Squadron includes over 90 Cadets and we are looking for more help to manage the organization.

For additional information visit 399th.org or www.facebook.com/399thCompositeSquadron or email to Seniorstaff@399th.org

Civil Air Patrol, the longtime all-volunteer U.S. Air Force auxiliary, is the newest member of the Air Force's Total Force. In this role, CAP operates a fleet of 560 aircraft, performs about 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and is credited by the AFRCC with saving an average of 80 lives annually. CAP's 57,000 members also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. CAP also plays a leading role in aerospace/STEM education, and its members serve as mentors to 24,000 young people participating in CAP's Cadet Programs. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.comfor more information.

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