Year in Review: 8th MP Bde. protects military community locally, abroad

| January 14, 2011 | 0 Comments
The 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC’s, color guard marches past the 8th MP Bde.’s reviewing party during its change of command ceremony on Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, July 30, 2010. (Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

The 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC’s, color guard marches past the 8th MP Bde.’s reviewing party during its change of command ceremony on Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, July 30, 2010. (Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft | 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, shaped the military landscape, here, and in ongoing contingency operations worldwide in 2010.

Following a quick reset from deployment, the brigade commissioned the Watchdog Memorial Grove, next to Hamilton Field, here, in June, commemorating the “Watchdog” Soldiers who died in combat during the brigade’s deployment in 2009.

In July, the 8th MP Bde. transferred the reigns from Col. Byron Freeman to Col. La’Tonya Lynn, during a change of command ceremony.

Continuously throughout the year, the brigade also supported two schools that excelled with the unit’s support: Waialua Elementary School won the Blue Ribbon award, an award for excellence, and Haleiwa Elementary School survived being consolidated into other schools, keeping its rich 140-year heritage alive.

During the year, the 57th and 558th MP companies redeployed from Iraq, and the 552nd MP Co. deployed to Afghanistan.

The brigade continued to protect the military community here, while the 58th MP Co. and 728th Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment prepared to protect the nation abroad, and began gearing up for an upcoming deployment.

Even though the 728th MP Bn. was preparing for deployment while maintaining its law enforcement mission, the battalion reignited links with the local community in 2010 that had not been as robust, due to ongoing deployments.

In October, the 728th MP Bn. began training with the Honolulu Police Department, sending Soldiers to take part in a certification program at the Honolulu Police Academy in Waipahu.

In November, the 728th MP Bn. expanded its multi-agency cooperation worldwide with a 2010 Hawaiian Islands Working Dog Competition — the second time this event has been hosted since 2001. The event brought in 37 working dog teams from civilian to military organizations, spanning from Korea to Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. The Schofield Barracks kennel placed first in the event.

The 71st Chemical Co. also continued to establish itself as an innovation leader in the Chemical Corps. The Decontamination Platoon helped define new doctrine for the new M26 Decontamination System. The Active Response Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Platoon maintained its certification and participated in a joint agency exercise on Kauai, involving more than 30 different agencies and culminating with an exercise on a cruise liner.

The 8th MP Bde. comes into the new year, continuing to establish itself as the pre-eminent military police organization in the Pacific, from Korea to Hawaii and Alaska.

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