58th MP Co. returns home after year in Afghanistan

| June 29, 2012 | 0 Comments
Capt. Megan Spangler (front left), commander, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, and 1st Sgt. Andrew Shaw (front right), senior enlisted leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, stand in front of the 58th MP Co. during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

Capt. Megan Spangler (front left), commander, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, and 1st Sgt. Andrew Shaw (front right), senior enlisted leader, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, stand in front of the 58th MP Co. during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

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

WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD — More than 150 Soldiers of the 58th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, redeployed here from Kandahar, Afghanistan, June 20.

The unit, tasked with police mentorship training during its yearlong tour in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, augmented its mission by conducting more than 800 combat patrols and participating in more than 82 named operations.

Family members welcome home Soldiers of the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, who have spent the last year stationed in Afghanistan, during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

Family members welcome home Soldiers of the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, who have spent the last year stationed in Afghanistan, during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

“We can say that the overall security of the city was raised to a level not seen in a decade,” said Capt. Megan Spangler, commander, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde. “We saw the (Afghan) police embark on a greater level of professionalism and competency in their everyday mission policing their community.”

While the unit overcame cultural barriers in a foreign land with their own knack and know-how, another barrier closer to home existed within the unit — distance from those they loved.

Unique to this unit were nine dual-military families that for the last decade have been alternating deployments, doubling the average time most families have spent apart.

One such couple is Spc. Kristine Ramsey, human resources specialist, Headquarters and Headquarters Co., 8th MP Bde., and Staff Sgt. Tyrone Ramsey, MP, 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde.

Family members welcome home Soldiers of the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, who have spent the last year stationed in Afghanistan, during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

Family members welcome home Soldiers of the 58th MP Co., 728th MP Bn., 8th MP Bde., 8th TSC, who have spent the last year stationed in Afghanistan, during the unit’s redeployment ceremony, held on Wheeler Army Airfield, June 20.

“I didn’t know how I was going do it by myself,” said Kristine Ramsey, who was left with their 1-week-old child. “It was hard, waking up alone, doing everything alone, but once I got a routine down, it was easier. We talked on the phone the same time every day, were on webcam and shared pictures of the baby.

“If I was down or he was down, it would affect the rest of the day,” she added. “We made it a point to stay upbeat and positive.”

And though a dual-military family makes extraordinary sacrifices, it for something greater.

“We deployed in order to support people who needed a secure environment,” Spangler said. “The Afghan citizens in Kandahar haven’t had that in many years.”

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