57th MP PSD ready for action

| August 30, 2013 | 0 Comments
Spc. Ramses Chavez, driver, personal security detachment, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pulls security after debussing from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and waits for the principal and the rest of his personal security detachment to arrive in a second UH-60 Black Hawk on the final day of a weeklong mission rehearsal exercise, here, Aug. 16.

Spc. Ramses Chavez, driver, personal security detachment, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, pulls security after debussing from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter and waits for the principal and the rest of his personal security detachment to arrive in a second UH-60 Black Hawk on the final day of a weeklong mission rehearsal exercise, here, Aug. 16.

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Richard Sherba
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A personal security detachment (PSD) team’s cohesiveness, preparation, readiness and months of training were put on display and evaluated by the 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, during a weeklong mission rehearsal exercise, Aug. 12-16, at various training areas around Oahu.
In March, a PSD team was created by selecting some of the best Soldiers of 57th Company, 728th MP Bn.,  and 8th MP Bde. for an upcoming mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
PSDs have the awesome responsibility of escorting, navigating and protecting battlefield leaders. They not only ensure the principal gets to and from key leader engagements, but are also responsible for the principal’s safety. The well-being of the principal is paramount to the PSD Soldier, and this special type of Soldier is willing to place himself between the principal and harm’s way at any given time.

Sgt. 1st Class Todd Bailey (right), PSD NCOIC, protects role-player principal, Maj. Jay Guerrero, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th MP Bde., as he’s moved to a vehicle to be evacuated during a simulated attack.

Sgt. 1st Class Todd Bailey (right), PSD NCOIC, protects role-player principal, Maj. Jay Guerrero, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th MP Bde., as he’s moved to a vehicle to be evacuated during a simulated attack.

“Once they were identified, they were all sent to the actual additional skill identifier producing school at Fort Leonard Wood, (Mo.,) a three-week PSD school, and since they’ve been back they’ve been training as a team,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Cross, senior enlisted leader, 728th MP Bn. “The importance of having a well-trained PSD is that it alleviates the general officer that they’re protecting from having to worry about what is going on around them, so he can then just focus on the task at hand. The PSD mission is solely to protect that one individual, and it’s an important mission.”
The 57th MP PSD evaluated a wide range of tasks, some of which included providing protective services, conducting military police security operations, and conducting maneuver and mobility support operations.
“It was designed to wear them out, to go mission after mission and to stress them out and to get them fatigued,” said Sgt. 1st Class Todd Bailey, noncommissioned officer in charge, PSD. “We train as we fight. If we get that worked out here, then we’ll cope with it much better downrange.”
Controlled chaos is what the PSD must live and work in, said Bailey.
“Even though there is a lot of chaos going on, we have to remain calm,” continued Bailey, describing the PSD’s upcoming mission. “It’s a high stress, high attention to detail job. You can’t have a bad day, and you’ve got to be on point 100 percent of the time.

Spc. Ramses Chavez, driver, personal security detachment, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, points and directs two role-playing Afghan National Army soldiers through the market at the Bellow MOUT Site, here, Aug. 16, during a weeklong mission rehearsal exercise to evaluate the 57th MP Co.’s PSD for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

Spc. Ramses Chavez, driver, personal security detachment, 57th Military Police Company, 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, points and directs two role-playing Afghan National Army soldiers through the market at the Bellow MOUT Site, here, Aug. 16, during a weeklong mission rehearsal exercise to evaluate the 57th MP Co.’s PSD for an upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

“If they weren’t ready for this or if they weren’t some of the best Soldiers, then they wouldn’t be here right now and they wouldn’t be getting ready to deploy to Afghanistan,” Bailey added.
728th MP maximized the weeklong training with a multi-echelon approach involving the battalion’s Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment and the 57th MP and 58th MP companies, which gave them valuable time in the field for training, including conducting mission command and command post operations. However, the end result and the emphasis of the training was on the PSD.
“I think they are more than prepared to accomplish their mission, and they will accomplish it with honor,” said Cross.

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