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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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39 Spring 2016 By First Lieutenant Tristan D. Shaw O n 9 May 2015, 2d Platoon, 511th Military Police Company, Fort Drum, New York, assumed a secu- rity force and opposing force (OPFOR) mission in support of a training exercise, code name Operation Fused Response. The exercise was conducted at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Operation Fused Response was executed by the Special Operations Command South in cooperation with Joint Task Force Bravo, used to train special opera- tions teams on a variety of mission sets in the area of re- sponsibility. 2d Platoon was tasked with providing critical site secu- rity for the training exercise and personal security detail teams for distinguished visitors. In addition to the secu- rity mission, 10 Soldiers played OPFOR roles for a variety of mission sets. As a result, a variety of special operations teams within the Department of Defense and the Honduran military police experienced maximum training time. 2d Platoon trained on many tasks and battle drills before its departure to Soto Cano. The training varied from weap- ons qualifcations for Soldiers who were individually as- signed weapons to critical site security operations. Soldiers trained on multiple M4 and M9 ranges during the train-up for Honduras. During this time, 2d Platoon also completed Soldier readiness processing and all required online training courses. The online training courses focused on antiterror- ism and human rights. Soldiers were trained and certifed on the X26 Taser®, providing them additional means of sub- duing an individual without the use of lethal force. During the train-up to support this exercise, the Soldiers completed various training events to increase their profciency on the escalation-of-force measures, convoy operations, and person- nel and site security tasks. The Soldiers also familiarized themselves with the language and customs of Honduras. Upon completion of this training, 2d Platoon was prepared to undertake any mission assigned to it with the utmost pro- fciency and professionalism. Mission Upon arriving at Soto Cano, 2d Platoon hit the ground running. Soldiers participating as security forces were re- quired to set up all necessary entry control points (ECPs) around the area of operations, while the 10 OPFOR Soldiers started train-up for their mission. Once the set-up was com- plete, security force Soldiers were ready to begin allowing the entry of the special operations teams and Department of Justice personnel participating in the exercise. The teams came from a variety of military branches within the Depart- ment of Defense and agencies of the Department of Justice, including U.S. Navy sea, air, and land (SEAL) teams; the Defense Threat Reduction Agency; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regi- ment; and the 7th Special Forces Group. Once the teams arrived and set up operations in their designated areas, it was time to start the exercise. From start to fnish, the security force Soldiers manned three ECPs—one at the main gate of the logistics support area, one at the sensitive compartmented information fa- cility, and one at the entrance of the line. Soldiers secured these three ECPs 24 hours a day for the entire exer- cise. The Soldiers securing the ECPs had the opportunity to work with soldiers of the Honduran army. This opportunity allowed our Soldiers to learn Honduran tactics, techniques, and procedures and to share best practices with them. The Soldiers also needed to be due to the chang- ing nature of the mission. On multiple occasions, 2d Platoon was asked to perform security on the rugged landscape of Honduras. Military police Soldiers integrated with the Honduran army and military police forces to secure an air- feld to facilitate a forward arming and refueling point for a real-world situation and personal security details for distin- guished visitors who were visiting the area of operations. Adapting to these situations demonstrated to the special operations community the versatility of military police Sol- diers and their uncanny ability to plan, resource, and inte- grate with a host nation force to execute a mission. Leaders

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