Reflecting the Mission
With its beginning as a symbol, born in SWCS and having spread to the operational force, the crossed pipehawks embody the spirit of conducting populace engagement while simultaneously being prepared for combat should the situation arise.
Carried by Lewis and Clark on the Corps of Discovery, the pipe tomahawk (pipehawk) provides direct symbolism to today's underlying Civil Affairs mission: civil engagement and civil reconnaissance.
As masters of the human domain, one must acknowledge the anthropological constant that sign and symbol are powerful tools to convey meaning and instill identity. Symbols are more than a physical representation of objects but allude to ethos and meaning difficult to capture in words alone. Their power is that they represent our beliefs, and in so doing, challenge us to keep the faith with those who share the responsibility of living up to our shared values.
My name is Craig Andresen and I recently retired after 20 years of active duty. I made the switch to Civil Affairs in 2006 and served in the 95th in multiple battalions and on the brigade staff. I was fortunate enough to have been involved with the evolution of the pipehawks since 2014, to include designing the crossed pipehawk uniform insignia as well as the Lewis & Clark medallion. My company mission is to provide quality, affordable products that further enhances the legacy of the entire Civil Affairs branch.