58th MPs apprehend ‘targets’ during exercise

| February 18, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Jeffery Young, CoIST team leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, discusses intelligence data with a CoIST member during the team’s January rotation at NTC. (Capt. Marco Valente | 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Staff Sgt. Jeffery Young, CoIST team leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, discusses intelligence data with a CoIST member during the team’s January rotation at NTC. (Capt. Marco Valente | 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

728th MP Bn. helps 3rd BCT as both units ready for deployment

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

 

FORT IRWIN, Calif. — A Soldier’s ability to adapt to any environment and any mission is preached as a core element of the U.S. Army.

For Soldiers in the Company Intelligence Support Team, or CoIST, 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Brigade, adapting their mission skill-set helped the 3rd Bn., 7th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, prepare for an upcoming deployment, here, recently.

The 58th MP Co. is also preparing for an upcoming deployment later this year.

Staff Sgt. Jeffery Young, CoIST team leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, displays his award for winning “Hero of the Battlefield,” for his rotation-enhancing contributions at NTC. (Capt. Marco Valente | 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

Staff Sgt. Jeffery Young, CoIST team leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, displays his award for winning “Hero of the Battlefield,” for his rotation-enhancing contributions at NTC. (Capt. Marco Valente | 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command)

1st Lt. John Moonshower, assistant battalion intelligence officer, 3rd Bn., 7th FA Regt., 3rd BCT, said he was impressed with the ability of the CoIST Soldiers.

“We were really unsure of their capability or training,” Moonshower said, “but the progress on a daily basis was impressive. They learned and understood what we were looking for.”

The five-man team blazed new trails for an MP company-level intelligence team.

CoIST was responsible for all patrol debriefs; analyzing enemy tactic, techniques and procedures; and producing intelligence to keep 3rd BCT Soldiers informed of battlefield changes, according to Lt. Col. Ross Guieb, commander, 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.

 

“(CoIST) wasn’t something I ever expected to do as an MP,” said Staff Sgt. Jeffery Young, CoIST team leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., “but as an MP, the mission of gathering intelligence for something bigger was something I understood.”

This understanding led Young and his team to embrace the expanded-mission challenge and to apprehend many of the ever-changing, top 10, high-value, daily targets during the exercise.

The team understood that getting the relevant information assembled must be done as quickly and efficiently as possible when the units came back. The unit offered valuable recommendations that increased the effectiveness of the training event.

“The original report forms had five pages,” Young said. “No one, when (he or she comes) back from patrol, wants to debrief like that, so we developed a standardized debrief that focused on the most important aspects.”

Young was even honored as NTC’s “Hero of the Battlefield” for his rotation-enhancing contributions.

“Without (the team’s) ability to work quickly with minimal supervision, we wouldn’t have looked half as good as we did,” Young said.

“Overall, their CoIST did an awesome job, and it was really cool to see their development as a shop and (their) ability to think one step ahead,” Moonshower said. “(This training) will benefit them and the units they will work with in future deployments.”

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