U.S. Embassy in Malawi and Africa Center Assist U.S. Army Civil Affairs Unit

By Africa Center for Strategic Studies
Updated: 04/01/2011

A team from the U.S. Army’s 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion visited the Malawi community March 17 to discuss its civil affairs mission and program objectives in Malawi, which include populace and resource control, foreign humanitarian assistance, civil information management, nation assistance, and support to civil administration.

Emily Renard, community affairs specialist at the Africa Center, said the meeting was supported by the U.S. Embassy in Lilongwe, which also sees great value in forming a community chapter there. The event was held in the Embassy’s public affairs auditorium, with Embassy staff also using the meeting as a venue to discuss forming a chapter.

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According to Captain Jacob Ashby, Commander, A Company, 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, based in Mattydale, New York, “The presentation went very well. I think we’ve made some great contacts thanks to you (U.S. Embassy and Africa Center).”

Captain Jacob Ashby, Commander, A Company, 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion, center, with Africa Center community members Brigadier General Paul Velentino Phiri, left, and Brigadier General Dr. Alfred Chitsa Banda. General Phiri attended the Africa Center’s Senior Leaders Seminar in 2008, and General Banda was a participant in its Health and Security Program in 2009.