News: U.S. military policemen join Iraqi MPs in sending rounds downrange
Story by Spc. Shantelle Campbell
TIKRIT, Iraq — Soldiers of the 3rd Squad, 2nd Platoon, 363rd Military Police Company out of Pittsburgh, Pa., observed the firing skills of the 4th Iraqi Army MP Co. at Forward Operating Base Dagger, April 15.
Soldiers of the 363rd MP Co. have been working with their Iraqi military police counterparts since the parliamentary elections, March 7.
"We were contacted [prior] to the parliamentary elections to help train [the 4th IA Military Police Company] in riot control formations, which is one of their biggest missions, so they would be ready [to provide] regional security for the elections," said Capt. Andrew P. Zeltwanger, the commander of the 363rd MP Co.
"By the relationship that we developed with the [4th IA MP Co.] during the elections, they have asked us to continue to come out and train with them and help them develop doctrine and [standard operating procedures] for the different tasks that they know they have such as gate operations, traffic control points, base defense [as well as] apprehension and detention," Zeltwanger added.
In addition to firing their own weapons, the military policemen of the 4th IA were given the opportunity to feel the recoil of the M14 assault rifle and power of the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon as they sent round after round down the firing range.
"Today was our first day of basic rifle marksmanship (training) with the 4th Iraqi Army military police," said Staff Sgt. Sean Donovan, MP transition team squad leader with the 2nd Plt., 363rd MP Co. "It was a good day. We let them (familiarize themselves) with some of our weapons and we shot some their crew-served weapons and assault rifles."
"(The training serves) as a great way to build rapport and give them the training that they need to help them become better MP Soldiers," said Donovan.