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    Sprayed, tased and certified: Oklahoma National Guard's new military police unit tests the battlegrounds of training

    Sprayed, tased and certified: Oklahoma National Guard's new military police unit tests the battlegrounds of training

    Photo By Sgt. Jordan Sivayavirojna | A Soldier with 745th Military Police Detachment, 345th Combat Sustainment Support...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Emily White 

    145th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    FORT CHAFFEE, Ark. – Newly established, 745th Military Police (MP) detachment, 345th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), 90th Troop Command, Oklahoma Army National Guard, attended their first annual training as a unit at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, June 2019. During the 745th's time at Fort Chaffee, Soldiers experienced Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) spray, taser and riot training.

    Military Policemen have the important job of enforcing the law, and training is critical for effectiveness. MP’s experience a full range of scenarios in training that will guide them once in the field.

    “Right now we are getting ready for the various missions that could come down," said Cpt. Essence Campbell, detachment commander, 745th. "We need to train on everything, so if we were called up for any type of incident, we will be able to respond.”

    The training kicked off with a two-day event that allowed Soldiers to become certified to carry OC spray and a taser. The Soldiers attended classes and then hit the field on the first day where they were sprayed with OC spray and then sent kicking and punching through a short obstacle. The result was several red eyes and a better understanding of their tools.

    Spc. Tristan Courtney, military policeman with the 745th, stresses the seriousness of OC spray.

    “We worked with OC spray, how to properly use it and how to keep it in the fight,” said Courtney. “More importantly, to show that when someone’s been sprayed, they’re not totally out of the fight.”

    The Soldiers entered the second day of their certification and began the event with a live-fire taser practice. Then, one-by-one, Soldiers stood in front of their peers to receive the 50,000 volts of electricity from the taser. On contact, the taser seizes the body and sends its subject into a frenzy of pain that was felt by all in the room.

    “They were motivating each other and supporting each other throughout the entire certification course,” said Campbell. “It is a tough course to go through, especially when you don’t know what to expect. You’ve gone through the class, but then you have to get that exposure. I saw a bunch of my senior non-commissioned officers step up to give that support and encouragement for their Soldiers.”

    The MP’s received their certification and ended their journey with a full-day culminating event, jam-packed with live-fire, riot training and lots of team building.

    ”The overall mission today was to familiarize Soldiers with the formations and what they can expect if they were ever called to do riot control," said Campbell. "They get used to using the actual equipment and what it feels like to be faced with a riot. How you work as a team. How you hear the commands. When you’re called on that day, how you respond."

    The MP’s finished the event having achieved their goal of certification and better proficiency in their job.

    “Watching Soldiers working together, many who have been in the 745th less than a year, and seeing them come together as a group has been amazing,” said Campbell.



    Date Taken: 06.12.2019
    Date Posted: 06.13.2019 16:05
    Story ID: 327122
    Location: FORT CHAFFEE, AR, US 

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    Sprayed, tased and certified: Oklahoma National Guard's new military police unit tests the battlegrounds of training