728th MPs take a tour behind metal bars

| March 17, 2011 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. Michael Sibley, NCOIC at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar Detachment, Pearl Harbor, gives a tour of the multipurpose room to the officers of the 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, March 10. (Pfc. Marcus Fichtl | 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th TSC)

Staff Sgt. Michael Sibley, NCOIC at the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar Detachment, Pearl Harbor, gives a tour of the multipurpose room to the officers of the 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, March 10. (Pfc. Marcus Fichtl | 8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th TSC)

Maj. Shea Asis
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — Officers from 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, visited the Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar Detachment, Pearl Harbor, here, March 10.

The visit was part of the 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.’s Officer Professional Development program.

“Clang.”

That’s the sound the brig’s heavy metal doors make when they close. This sound lets you know someone is watching your every move, and it’s the sound that defines the corrections side of being an MP.

For most of the battalion officers, this occasion was their first time in a confinement facility. Once inside the facility, Staff Sgt. Michael Sibley, noncommissioned officer in charge for the Army Detachment, led firsthand briefs from guards, counselors and the commander.

Once the briefings were complete, the officers had to empty out their pockets before they could begin the tour. Passes were issued, and the officers were escorted through the gates into the multipurpose room that functions as dining facility, library and meeting room for personnel confined in the brig and their military liaisons.

“I was impressed to see legal services being done in the individual conference rooms, and the correctional specialists for both the Army and Navy were very professional,” said Capt. Jeffery Robertson, staff judge advocate, 8th MP Bde.

The group then toured the recreation yard where inmates do physical fitness. A basketball court and some basic bars stood out within the confines of the prison fence, but like regular Army physical training areas, a little, flat patch of land facilitates the bulk of the inmates’ exercise equipment.

“We hold a physical training formation after evening chow, which consists of some stretching, calisthenics and a cool-down period, here in the facility,” Sibley said.

Lastly, the officers went to the receiving area to see how incoming Soldiers are processed.

“The Army corrections Soldiers are very knowledgeable and very respectful of everyone, no matter who it is, and I’m glad to see that in a place like this,” Robertson said.

The Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar Detachment, Pearl Harbor, serves as a level-one facility, which houses pretrial and post-trial personnel with sentences of six months or less.

If an inmate receives a sentence of more than six months but less than five years and one day, he or she will be sent to Fort Lewis, Wash., a level-two facility. For anything greater than five years and one day, inmates are transferred to Fort Leavenworth, Kan., a level-three facility.

 

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