• Corrections MPs train with aviation unit

  • Soldiers train for tasks they may face during deployment.

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  • First Lt. Chase A. Ransdell | Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th Military Police Battalion (Detention)
    On July 18, 11 soldiers assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th Military Police Battalion (Detention), 15th Military Police Brigade, honed their skills by training on tasks they could potentially face while deployed. With the assistance of the 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion, 1st Aviation Regiment, based at Fort Riley, Kan., the soldiers practiced loading detainees onto a UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopter.
    Capt. Matthew Baillie, the commander of HHC, 705th MP, said this after evaluating and reflecting on the training, “The Enclosure Platoon’s training was a success thanks to the coordination with the 3-1 Assault Helicopter Battalion; the use of a Black Hawk gave soldiers realistic training which is ultimately what we are after. We want our soldiers to be ready to respond to a deployment when the time comes, and the main way to achieve that is through training like we conducted here today.”
    This type of mission is very common for military police soldiers while deployed and proved to be valuable to the helicopter’s crew. Military police soldiers with the military occupational specialty of 31E, internment/resettlement specialist, taught the aviation crew about detainee operations and how they operate in a deployed environment. At the conclusion of training, each soldier gained confidence on detainee aircraft transfer procedures.
    Staff Sgt. Gavin Whitfield, the noncommissioned officer in charge of training, reiterated the impact the training had on soldiers.
    “The aviation training was different, something new,” Whitfield said. “Very few units on this installation have been afforded this type of training opportunity. The squad knew that and they wanted to demonstrate their tactical knowledge to the brigade and installation. You could tell the soldiers felt a sense of accomplishment as the helicopter departed back to Fort Riley.”
    HHC, 705th has deployed twice since the unit’s inception. On Dec. 20, 2006, the company deployed for 15 months to Camp Bucca, Iraq, to conduct detainee operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This was significant because it marked the first time a unit deployed from Fort Leavenworth since World War II.
    On Aug. 17, 2009, the company was called on again to deploy to conduct detainee operations at Camp Taji and Camp Cropper in Iraq. While setting up both facilities the unit’s soldiers successfully trained Iraqi correctional officers in order to facilitate the transfer of responsibility to the Iraqi government. HHC, 705th, successfully transferred the facilities over to Iraqi control in the summer of 2010.
    The 705th MP Battalion currently provides the correctional force and support staff, in conjunction with a civilian workforce, to the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility. The MWJRCF provides pre-trial and post-trial confinement for U.S. military prisoners for up to 10 years. Together, the MWJRCF and the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks make up the Military Correctional Complex on Fort Leavenworth.
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