Military Police

SPRING 2014

Military Police contains information about military police functions in maneuver and mobility support, area security, law and order, internment/resettlement, and police intelligence operations.

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MILITARY POLICE . 19-14-1 25 enforcement agencies—a skill set that can only be acquired with DOD assistance. To meet this need, the Military Police Liaison Team that was assigned to DEA designed and coordinated a month- long military predeployment Afghan Skills Course to prepare deploying agents and support personnel to hit the ground running. Working with the DEA Offce of Global Enforcement for Europe, Asia, and Africa and the Kabul Country Offce to develop a comprehensive training plan, the Military Police Liaison Team identifed the gap between existing DEA skill sets and those skill sets required to operate in-theater. Members of the Washington Army National Guard counternarcotics team and local U.S. Army Reserve special forces Soldiers were enlisted to establish the training team needed to support the predeployment rotations. Over the course of four iterations of the Afghan Skills Course, the training team has trained and certifed 93 DEA special agents and six intelligence research specialists assigned to work in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As with comparable military predeployment programs, deploying personnel conduct some administrative predeployment activities before leaving their home offces. The deploying team is then assembled at the DEA Headquarters, Arlington, Virginia, for further preparation before fying to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, where team members receive extensive training in frst aid, land navigation, improvised explosive devices, and patrolling. Due to the training facilities and support units available, Joint Base Lewis-McChord serves as a superb training location. Following 2 weeks of training, the team is relocated to the Yakima Training Center (150 miles to the east) by helicopter. There, team members begin to put their new skills to use in training scenarios that focus on planning and conducting missions based on actual, in-theater DEA operational conditions. The natural desert of the Yakima Training Center simulates aspects of the Afghan terrain and climate and creates an immersive atmosphere that prepares the team for deployment. Additionally, the available fring ranges allow for the training and fring of a variety of foreign and domestic weapon systems that DEA personnel may encounter in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Like the deployed environment, the Afghan Skills Course is continually evolving. To ensure that the course remains relevant and effective, the Military Police Liaison Team established a process to continually review and update the course instruction based on lessons learned in-theater and through other applicable DEA training venues. During the preparation phase for each iteration of the course, the team collects feedback from DEA personnel who recently completed 2-year tours in-country, personnel who attended the most recent class and have been deployed for at least 30 days, DEA primary frearms instructors, and members of the Washington National Guard/U.S. Army Reserve training team. The Military Police Liaison Team also collects and incorporates applicable lessons learned from deployed U.S. military personnel. By constantly reviewing and updating the course and incorporating evolving tactics, techniques, and procedures, the team ensures that deploying DEA personnel receive the best possible training to meet the vast array of professional hardships which they may encounter during their tours of duty in Afghanistan and Pakistan. DEA special agents and intelligence research specialists who attend the Afghan Skills Course receive instruction in the following areas: y Mission planning and operational orders. y Foreign and domestic weapons. y Combat shooting. y Personnel recovery. y Urban movement. y Improvised explosive devices. y Combat lifesaving. y Communications. y Day and night land navigation. y Convoy operations and movements with civil unrest. y Cultural awareness. y Air mobile operations. y U.S. military structure. The Afghan Skills Course culminates with a 72-hour feld training exercise, which serves as the capstone training event. This exercise simulates the Afghanistan/Pakistan counternarcotic environment that the DEA special agents and intelligence resource specialists will soon experience. By the close of the training, the DEA personnel are ready to transition from the city streets of the United States to the dusty village roads of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Endnote: 1 The Global Afghan Opium Trade: A Threat Assessment, United Nations Offce on Drugs and Crime, July 2011, p.16. Lieutenant Colonel Mapp is the chief of Force Protection, International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, Afghanistan. He previously served as the DOD operations and plans liaison to the DEA Headquarters. He holds a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from West Georgia College and a master's degree in security management from Webster University. ". . . the Military Police Liaison Team that was assigned to DEA designed and coordinated a month-long military predeployment Afghan Skills Course to prepare deploying agents and support personnel to hit the ground running." Mapp.1.indd 27 3/21/2014 1:00:55 PM

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