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220th Military Police Company Returns From Operation Iraqi Freedom

Gunnar Ponzer holds a doll in the likeness of his father, Sgt. 1st Class Don Ponzer, as he waits for his dad to appear during the during the 220th Military Police Company's homecoming ceremony at Buckley Air Force Base, Dec. 21. Ponzer is among more than 100 other Soldiers seeing their families for the first time since leaving for pre-deployment training last January. While deployed, the 220th MP Company was assigned to Task Force 134 at Camp Cropper in Baghdad, where Soldiers were responsible for detainee operations; ensuring the care and safeguarding of detainees in conjunction with the Government of Iraq. Among its many accomplishments, the 220th MP Company coordinated and operated a detainee visitation program that enabled family members to visit their loved ones interned there. The 220th also enabled more than 19,000 visitors to participate in video teleconferences with loved ones interned at the Camp Bucca Theater Internment Facility located in southern Iraq. While operating the visitation center, 220th Soldiers created a children's corner with a television, a DVD player, a coloring area and a playground. As part of the visitation center mission, the 220th MP Company worked with the detainee reconciliation service's arts and crafts program to develop activities that would allow the detainees' artistic skills to be observed by their families. Artwork included the creation of stuffed animals, painting and wood crafting. The unit left for pre-mobilization training in January and arrived in Iraq in April.

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This work, 220th Military Police Company Returns From Operation Iraqi Freedom [Image 9 of 9], by MSgt Cheresa D. Theiral, identified by DVIDS, is free of known copyright restrictions under U.S. copyright law.

Date Taken:12.21.2008

Date Posted:12.23.2008 17:08

Photo ID:137770



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