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 31 and mentorship required during the training rotation. To further improve staff profciency, systems, and products, LTP coaches shared advice and lessons learned from past rotations. 5 Consequently, the 3d Military Police Group did not send personnel to serve specifcally as observers/controllers or as the exercise white cell; it simply sent an advance echelon consisting of key staff, including the command group, the S-6, and the rotation offcer in charge. These key staff members facilitated the initial establishment of the training site; in- briefed 502d Military Police Battalion Soldiers, reiterating LTP rules and training objectives; answered real-world requests for information; and monitored administrative and logistic requirements throughout the training rotation. As the 3d Military Police Group focused on synchronizing the overall rotation, the 502d Military Police Battalion prepared its own staff for the rotation. The 502d developed and executed an LTP preparation event at the Battle Command Training Center, Fort Campbell, Kentucky. There, the battalion staff received introductory MDMP courses, defned staff roles and responsibilities, built templates, and solidifed and internalized the commander's intent. The LTP preparation event allowed the staff to focus its efforts, mentally and physically prepared the staff for the LTP, and enabled a warm start to the LTP rotation. Training Objectives The 502d Military Police Battalion developed several key training objectives for its LTP rotation: y Promote team building. y Conduct leader development. y Exercise, revise, and codify standing operating procedures. y Exercise and refne battle drills. y Focus on the mission and the MDMP. y Train with, and increase proficiency on, software and systems associated with theater requirements. y Exercise tactical command post, tactical operations center, and mission command operations. y Improve the understanding of mission set, intelligence, criminal intelligence, and threat assessments, ultimately leading to a more synchronized and profcient staff focused on the future mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. In addition to enabling deployment preparation for the 502d, the LTP rotation provided an opportunity for the 3d Military Police Group to engage with its Reserve Component (RC) counterparts—the 159th and 733d Military Police Battalions. Representatives from these RC units supported several objectives during the LTP rotation: y Providing support for the LTP rotation. y Locking in the deployment alpha roster and assisting in refining the unit deployment order and predeployment training plan. y Discussing the establishment of their own LTP rotation or collective battalion and group staff development training plan in cooperation with the 3d Military Police Group. The training, now only in the initial stages of development, would involve a phased process that would culminate with a certifcation exercise (CERTEX) in spring 2014. Battalion and group leaders will work with LTP coaches to modify current CID LTP objectives and products to enhance mission command, develop leader and staff capabilities, and build the team, strengthening the bond and interoperability between the Regular Army and the RC. Lessons Learned The LTP coaches and battalion staff learned a great deal during the inaugural LTP rotation, and the LTP experience exceeded battalion and group staff expectations. The acronyms, vernacular, and diversifed mission set of the 502d Military Police Battalion were new to the LTP coaches; at the same time, the MDMP posed a new challenge to many battalion staff members. But the LTP rotation enabled the 502d to achieve its training objectives and simultaneously forced the battalion staff to focus on the mission ahead, empowered the rear detachment to exercise its new authority, and provided a great venue for the 502d to identify key requests for information and objectives for its PDSS. Additional specifc lessons were learned in the areas of sustainment and improvement. Sustainment The battalion staff deployed to Fort Polk and transferred all day-to-day requirements to the rear detachment. While Fort Polk does not constitute an austere environment, the deployment provided the staff with some insight into the rigors of expeditionary operations, exercised the forward and rear detachments, and enabled those who were deployed to work through repetitions—training to standard rather than time. The 3d Military Police Group staff established, coordinated, and facilitated all facets of the LTP rotation for the 502d Military Police Battalion, arranging all administrative and logistics requirements, establishing information technology support, and building the products used throughout the exercise. This allowed the 502d to prepare for the PDSS and empowered the rear detachment to assume the day-to-day mission, thereby enabling the forward element to participate in the LTP free of daily responsibilities and distractions. The 3d Military Police Group presented an unclassifed, yet realistic training scenario so that the event would serve not only to focus the staff, but also to prepare it for PDSS and deployment. The 3d Military Police Group also eased the sharing of products and information with the RC units and the respective battle command training centers supporting LTP preparation and, eventually, CERTEX operations and minimized manning requirements associated with classifed training events. The 502d Military Police Battalion staff conducted an LTP preparation event at its home station battle command training center a week earlier. The event provided the battalion with Bessler_Cantwell_Holiday.1.indd 33 3/21/2014 12:20:52 PM

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