• 15th MP soldiers return from Iraq deployment

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  • Katie Peterson | Staff Writer
    “It feels great to have him back,” said 9-year-old Kelcey Pruitt as she clung to her dad Sgt. 1st Class Jason Pruitt, who had just returned from a 10-month deployment.
    “Now you get to see a lot of snow,” added Pruitt’s son, 11-year-old Anthony Pruitt.
    Pruitt, who served as the noncommissioned officer in charge during the mission, said he was happy to be home.
    “I’m glad to be back with my family,” he said.
    Pruitt was one of 27 soldiers the 15th Military Police Brigade welcomed home in a redeployment ceremony Nov. 28 at the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Disciplinary Barracks, Company Operations Facility.
    The soldiers deployed to Iraq earlier this year in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. During the mission, the unit received 100 percent compliance ratings from the Operations Assessment Team, exceeding every standard for detention operations and setting the precedence for future operations for the mission; effectively worked their assigned facility and were instrumental in providing the expertise required for a detention facility expansion project; revised the standard operating procedures to reflect changes required by the new facility and to ensure the compliance with policies, regulations and international laws; and provided the required detention operations experience to facilitate operations between their supported task force and post nation partners.
    “It was very significant for myself to get the opportunity to be able to lead a platoon downrange, to conduct this type of mission and show that we had the tools to actually get the job done,” Pruitt said. “Sending the right people down there definitely made an impact in the mission and I believe that the guys that went forward were the right soldiers to go downrange.
    “Every single soldier did their best out there to ensure the mission was never a fail,” he said, “it was always a success.”
    This was the first deployment for Spc. Elizabeth Carter, 291st MP Company, 40th MP Battalion (Detention).
    “It was different for me being away for the first time, so there were struggles, but it was a very good experience,” she said. “The experience is what I went for because you don’t know what to expect, but knowing you’ve actually done something other than what we do here is definitely an outstanding feeling.
    “Now, to be home, I’m excited, overwhelmed and a little nervous because it has been awhile,” she said.
    During the formal portion of the ceremony, the soldiers and families were addressed by Col. Caroline Horton, 15th MP Brigade commander and USDB commandant.
    “Today, we welcome back soldiers pulled together from across the brigade, the first active-duty detention unit to perform this special type of mission,” Horton said, “a mission which they not only accomplished but received laudatory praise from state and congressional units, senior leaders from governmental agencies and several soldiers, (including) receiving recognition from the sergeant major of the Army.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Ladies and gentlemen in the formation, we want to personally say that we are happy to have you back safe and sound,” she said. “We are extremely proud of your accomplishments.”
    Horton said the soldiers’ family members deserved thanks, too.
    “We thank all of you and all of the family members, spouses, children, mothers, fathers and everyone who supported you in your time away because that is no easy feat being on the home front while your soldier is deployed downrange,” she said.
    “We thank all of you for answering their call to serve our country and for a job well done. Mission complete.”
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