The 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Special Operations) (Airborne) is a civil affairs battalion of the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) based at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is a member of the only active duty Special Operations Civil Affairs unit in the United States Department of Defense. The concept for a Civil Affairs brigade had been under consideration for years, but was finally approved as a result of the 2006 Quadrennial Defense Review.
Tracing its lineage to a military government group that was active after World War II, the 95th Civil Affairs Brigade (Airborne) was not officially activated until 2006, and remained a provisional unit until 2007. Its creation was part of a US Army plan to increase Civil Affairs units, and Special Forces units overall. The brigade is a direct reporting unit of the 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), and as such, is airborne qualified. The 95th CA BDE (SO) (A) commands five geographically aligned civil affairs battalions: 91st, 92nd, 9