Capt. Jake Spangler
728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command
KABUL, Afghanistan — Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, received the Fiscal Year 2011 Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Farley Award, recognizing it as the best MP unit in the Pacific, here, Nov. 2.
The Farley Award measures the accomplishments, achievements and command programs amongst MP units from Oct. 1, 2010-Sept. 30 2011.
The award is named in honor of Farley who served as the U.S. Army-Pacific’s senior enlisted leader from 2002-2006. He was known for his professionalism, intellect and passion for taking care of Soldiers.
“HHD’s professional leadership and dedicated Soldiers have achieved incredible accomplishments as a unit, and as individual Soldiers, especially during the unit’s deployment to Afghanistan,” said Col. Kevin Moffett, Provost Marshal, USARPAC.
HHD deployed, here, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, forming the lead for “Task Force-Warfighter.” Comprised of more than 550 Soldiers embedded in partnership with the 202nd Afghan Uniformed Police’s Regional Command, the task force lead 8,000 Afghan Border Police soldiers across three provinces.
Throughout the unit’s partnership with AUP’s Regional Command, HHD coordinated police operations and training for more than 13,000 AUP and 2,000 Afghan local police stationed in eight provinces.
Also, the 728th MP Bn. broke ground in the U.S.-Afghan partnership with multiple successful initiatives from the establishment of formal education programs for female AUPs, and the establishment of a junior police program designed to influence Afghan children to support the AUP instead of insurgents.
“I am extremely proud of our junior noncommissioned officers and officers who effectively mentored Afghan lieutenant colonels and colonels,” said Maj. Mathew Gragg, executive officer, 728th MP Bn. “The ability of our staff to teach the Afghans how to plan and execute daily operations on a corps level staff was outstanding. They pushed themselves to exhaustion this year, and it makes me proud that the unit was recognized at the USARPAC level.”
HHD’s security forces distinguished themselves while conducting more than 1,200 combat patrols and a variety of distinguished visitors as they traveled throughout the country.
Besides receiving the Farley Award, the detachment has been nominated to represent USARPAC and compete against the top MP units from eight other major commands for the FY 2011 Brig. Gen. Jeremiah Holland Award. The Holland Award is bestowed annually to the best MP company in the Army.