Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Blake Olson greets his family at a small ceremony for the Soldiers of the 220th Military Police Company, Colorado Army National Guard, at the Fort Carson Events Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Dec. 17. The Soldiers are returning from their deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. A few Soldiers are 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.
|Date Posted:||02.17.2012 09:28|
|Location:||FORT CARSON, CO, US|
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