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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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8 MILITARY POLICE I was somewhat when leaving the frst meeting with the AHB, as there was much more to be done. However, commanders must remember that they are not in it alone and that they must exercise mission command. I met with the detachment and operations sergeant and explained the purpose of the operation, the new key tasks, and the desired end state that would mutually support each unit involved. From there, the detachment sergeant focused efforts on the individual Soldier tasks required to execute the training. Additionally, the operations sergeant adjusted the concept of the operation, further coordinated with the intrabattalion combat support company, and prepared for the next meeting with the AHB. The initial intent of Operation Air Max was to train on the mission-essential task list of the 523d MWD Detach- ment, focusing efforts on deploying MWD assets. However, as ADRP 6-0 states, "Military operations are complex, hu- man endeavors characterized by the continuous, mutual ad- aptation of give and take, moves, and countermoves among all participants." 2 Leaders must adapt in seconds; the mis- sion is already changing before execution. The complex, ever-changing, and uncertain operational environment al- lowed the Soldiers of the 73d Military Police Detachment and 523d MWD Detachment to partake in a training event that spanned across two battalions, prepared each MWD team for deployment, captured lessons learned from those recently deployed, and improved the intra-Army under- standing of force capabilities. The detachment is exercising mission command. Through collaboration and dialogue, in- ternal and external to the unit, it is evident that the mission command philosophy of command is relevant. On 28 September 2015, the three commanders of very distinct units trained 152 Soldiers and met a total of 12 unit-specifc training objectives. These three units were the unifed action partners responsible for Operation Air Max. Applying the mission command warfghting function— specifcally, the principles of building cohesive teams, creat- ing a shared understanding, and providing a clear statement of the commander's intent—provided the members of these units with the distinct and confdence to operate within the air and ground commanders' intents, achieving mission success and fulflling training objectives. Endnotes: 1 ADRP 6-0, , 17 May 2012. 2 Ibid. is the of the 73d Military Police De- and the 523d MWD Fort Riley, Kansas. She holds a bachelor's degree in business University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky. mediocre units from superior units. All teams have strengths and weaknesses. To be effective, teams must understand their own strengths and weaknesses. A weakness can be a mental or physical limitation. A mental weakness can vary from a lack of knowledge to a lack of mental tenacity. A physical weakness can vary from not possessing a certain physical skill set (such as being unable to swim) to being unable to meet a desired goal (such as a specifc run time on the Army physical ftness test). But teamwork involves not letting teammates fail. If a Soldier is mentally or physically defcient, the entire team must work together to help him or her excel. Struggling to push past mental and physical limi- tations serves as a benefcial learning experience for teams and units. It creates a shared understanding of capabili- ties and limitations. Understanding a Soldier's capabilities within a team is important in learning to work as an effec- tive team and building cohesion. Cohesion, an essential element of a successful team, al- lows an organization to work through any task, regardless of diffculty. Group cohesion, which is in the tendency for a group to stick together and remain united in the pur- suit of goals and objectives, is instrumental in meeting set standards and attaining success. Cohesion is what brings units together to complete a task. It may allow lives to be saved on the battlefeld. The Army is a team in itself, and it has the ability to maintain cohesion despite any personal differences among Soldiers. An atmosphere that strives for success for all, through cohesion, should be the goal. Conclusion A leader's philosophy can be composed of tenets that are important to him or her and that help bring out the best in every Soldier. Creating the philosophy and making it known to others is the frst step. Possibly more important, believing in it and incorporating it in your values are next. There are many ways to lead a unit, but instilling a team's pride in its craft and competence will help make it successful. Fully embracing responsibility, respect, and teamwork sets a unit apart from its peers. Captain Military Police Second Lieutenant Pruitt is a platoon leader for the 977th a bachelor's degree in busi- New York. Sergeant First Class Saucier is the operations - sioned offcer for the 977th Military Police He holds a bachelor's degree in social science Fayette, Iowa.

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