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    Military Police handover Atlantic Resolve mission

    Military Police handover Atlantic Resolve mission

    Photo By Maj. Devon Thomas | Soldiers from the 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Police Battalion,...... read more read more



    Story by Maj. Devon Thomas 

    18th Military Police Brigade

    GRAFENWOEHR, Germany--In August 2018, Lt. Col. John Copeland, the commander of the 709th Military Police Battalion, challenged the newly arrived 64th Military Police Company, 720th Military Battalion, to take care of each other, train hard, serve admirably alongside NATO Allies and partner nations and build readiness during the unit's Atlantic Resolve deployment. According to Copeland, the 64th Military Police Company did just that.

    “Under the leadership of Capt. Perry, you all answered this challenge well with a thorough dose of 1st Sgt. Mitchell’s motivation,” Copeland said.

    Just two weeks after they arrived in Europe from Fort Hood, Texas, the “Guardians of the World” supported the 173rd Airborne Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Saber Junction exercise in September 2018 at the 7th Army Training Command’s Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany.

    At Saber Junction, the Soldiers of the 64th conducted security and mobility support operations, oversaw traffic control points, provided convoy security and protected ground lines of communication.

    Senior Leaders lauded the unit’s involvement in a noncombatant-evacuation-operation scenario, which set a precedence of how the 173rd Brigade Combat Team would execute NEO operations in the future.

    The company also participated in Combined Resolve 19, Allied Spirit 19, Dragoon Ready 19 and a Georgian Army Mission Readiness Exercise. The company conducted an expeditionary law enforcement mission at the Poland Law Enforcement Readiness Center, where Soldiers were responsible for law enforcement for Soldiers in Poland, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The 64th executed these missions while they supported two Atlantic Resolve Brigade Combat teams.

    "I want you all to know that the 64th Military Police Company had a positive impact here in Europe, strengthening relations with our NATO partners and allies, and enhanced interoperability," said Capt. Alyssa Perry, the 64th commander.

    Many of the 64th Soldiers said they increased their military police skill set due to the unique training opportunities only U.S. Army Europe can provide.

    “The deployment has shaped me forever as a Soldier,” said Pfc. Malibu Walter, a military police Soldier.

    Sgt. Zachary Lazaron, a military police noncommissioned officer, said he developed into a better leader during the rotation. At the beginning of the rotation, he provided oversight of three Soldiers. During a portion of the deployment, the number of personnel rose to ten.

    “After a nine-month deployment, my development is miles and echelons above than what I thought it would be," said Lazaron. "The development that I gained here does not compare to what would have happened in Fort Hood.”

    Perry said she is pleased with her Soldiers’ growth as tactically and technically proficient leaders.

    “The company performed exceptionally well throughout our deployment and seeing the professional and personal growth of each of the Guardian Soldiers and Leaders is nothing short of remarkable, and it makes me extremely proud," Perry said. "I could not have asked for a more enriching experience.”



    Date Taken: 05.15.2019
    Date Posted: 05.18.2019 12:05
    Story ID: 322934
    Location: GRAFENWOEHR, BY, DE 

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