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 33 I n recent years, the U.S. Army has experienced a marked increase in divorce, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and suicide rates. The impacts of continuous, permanent change-of-station moves and multiple deployments are not limited to Soldiers. Family members can also be negatively affected due to the need to adjust to life without the Soldier—and to make further adjustments once the Soldier returns. Army Families are essential Army resources. Their health and welfare are vital to the effectiveness of the Army, and their strength supports Soldiers and civilians and helps ensure safety within their homes. The resiliency of Army Families depends on individual and communal strengths, the willingness of Families to support each other during stressful times, and the courage of Families to reach out for help when needed. The Army has a responsibility not only to the Soldiers who serve, but also to the Families that live the Army values. In an effort to combat the stressors that troops and their Families face, the Army has developed the Ready and Resilient Campaign—a multifaceted resiliency campaign that teaches Soldiers and Family members strategies for coping with stressors. The strategies address how to cultivate a strong sense of community and how to keep an optimistic outlook on life. The campaign is designed to provide real-life solutions to everyday challenges and a resource for overcoming adversity. The Ready and Resilient Campaign focuses on reinforcing the physical, emotional, and psychological resilience of our Soldiers, civilians, and Families and on improving their ability to deal with the challenges and rigors of the demanding military profession. The Army leader is a key component of the Ready and Resilient Campaign. Leaders must establish a climate that fosters trust and resilience and provides relationship-building opportunities for Soldiers, civilians, and Family members. The philosophy and vision of the commander of Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 705th Military Police Battalion (Internment/Resettlement), regarding resiliency at the company level involve providing a command climate that supports Soldiers and Families, while fostering individual and unit excellence. The commander realizes the importance of balancing work and Family priorities. In keeping with the goals of the Ready and Resilient Campaign, the Family Readiness Group (FRG), HHC, 705th Military Police Battalion, has focused on creating events that By Captain Wayne A. Dunlap and First Lieutenant Shanee Allen build total Soldier and Army Family ftness and help create a safe, supportive, caring atmosphere for those associated with the HHC. The leader of the HHC FRG is no stranger to the challenges faced by Army Families. She has been married to a Soldier for more than 14 years and is the mother of four children. According to the FRG leader, FRG events build resiliency by offering spouses a personalized path to assistance. She said, "[The FRG] gives [spouses] the knowledge of where to go and what to do without actually doing [these things] for them. It is a tool that allows them access to an advocate who has had the exact same experiences that they're having and who knows how to maneuver through the hoops. It allows them to become self-suffcient and have the ability to pass that knowledge on." She also indicated that the FRG has fostered resiliency in her Family, stating, "Our Soldiers work long hours and have experiences that are unique to the 31E correctional specialist [military occupational specialty]. Being part of the FRG has allowed my Family to come together with other Families going through the same trials. It has given us an avenue to share with them the insights we have gained and be an example to them. It is important to remember there is nothing we can't overcome if we work together. It allows us to peer behind the curtain, so to speak, and get a glimpse of what our Soldiers do, while giving us our own path to be a part of something bigger than ourselves." By using FRG events to engage Soldiers, Family members, and friends in activities that foster communication, understanding, and bonding, the HHC, 705th Military Police Battalion, has made resiliency training a reality. The HHC FRG has diligently worked to provide events that address physical and mental well-being. For example, the FRG placed baskets in the rooms of single Soldiers scheduled to return from deployment and provided a frst-class, welcome-home ceremony for HHC, 705th Military Police Battalion, warriors. In addition, the FRG hosted a "GI Jane/Junior Day," which provided Family members, civilians, and friends with an opportunity to experience the life of a military police Soldier. The event included an overview of an obstacle course, a tour of various vehicles and weapon systems, markmanship training with paintball guns, a cookout, and a class on riot control. The HHC, 705th Military Police Battalion, believes that resiliency is more than just a buzz word and that there is much more to resiliency training than fulflling mandatory training xx (continued on page 35) Dunlap_Allen.1.indd 35 3/28/2014 10:23:10 AM

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