728th MP Bn. ready for deployment

| January 28, 2011 | 1 Comment
Soldiers from 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, bow their heads in prayer during the invocation at the 728th MP Bn. deployment ceremony at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Jan. 19.

Soldiers from 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, bow their heads in prayer during the invocation at the 728th MP Bn. deployment ceremony at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Jan. 19.

Story and Photos by
Pfc. Marcus Fichtl
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 100 Soldiers of the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, received recognition for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, here, Jan. 19.

During the ceremony, the battalion and the headquarters detachment cased their colors, signifying the transition from a garrison to a deployed status. When they uncase their colors, once again, in Afghanistan, the units will be tasked with transforming the Afghan police.

“We’ll be partnering with Afghan National Police Regional Headquarters and with the Afghani Border Patrol,” said Maj. Mathew Gragg, executive officer, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde. “We’ll be hard at work, building and mentoring their staffs, systems and processes; (and) partnering up with their like counterpart, their (personnel office with ours), our (intelligence) with theirs, and so on.

Lt. Col. Ross Guieb (left), commander, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, cases the battalion colors during the deployment ceremony at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Jan. 19. Casing the colors symbolizes a transition from garrison to deployed status.

Lt. Col. Ross Guieb (left), commander, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, cases the battalion colors during the deployment ceremony at Sills Field, Schofield Barracks, Jan. 19. Casing the colors symbolizes a transition from garrison to deployed status.

“In Iraq, our officers were coordinating with police chiefs and (setting) up police stations around the nation,” Gragg continued. “The learning curve for these now more senior officers should be less than (it was) when they were junior officers in Iraq.”

However, not every Soldier in HHD, 728th MP, 8th MP Bde., is a seasoned veteran. For Pfc. Daryl Tippens, intelligence analyst, HHD, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., this deployment will be his first.

 

“I’m excited, but at the same time, you’re getting into the zone, especially as someone who hasn’t deployed before. You don’t know what to expect, you hope it goes smoothly, and more importantly, you hope you come back in a year,” Tippens said. “I’m confident about the mission. When I joined the military, we were currently involved in two operations: one in Iraq, one in Afghanistan. … We were told this is where we’re going, and this is our job.”

This job may define the future of Afghanistan.

“Our piece of the Afghanistan mission is to help train the Afghan police, so they secure their nation and reach an end state, where the legitimate Afghan government provides a safe environment for the Afghan people to live in,” said Sgt. Maj. Clayton Sneed, operations sergeant major, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.

As the Army approaches its 10th year in persistent conflict, this unit’s hopes are high, morale is up and its ability to accomplish the mission is unwavering.

“The Army doesn’t send you anywhere you aren’t trained for,” Tippens said.

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  1. Alethea Skinner says:

    Godspeed and protection 728. I am a Wolfhounds mom and they are coming behind you. You are all our nation's treasure. I support you and stand with you prayerfully til each one is safely back home.

    Hooah!

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