MPs home again, safe and sound

| August 22, 2014 | 0 Comments
A warrior and a general shaking hands.

HONOLULU — Maj. Gen. Edward F. Dorman III (right), commander, 8th TSC, welcomes back Soldiers from the Law Enforcement Detachment, 57th MP Co., at Honolulu International Airport, Saturday. The detachment deployed last year in support of Area Support Group-Qatar and executed several missions to help keep the group safe and running smoothly.



Story and photos by Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Military Police Brigade Public Affairs
8th Theater Sustainment Command
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — After nearly a year away from home in support of Area Support Group-Qatar (ASG-QA), Soldiers from the 57th Military Police Company, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, were welcomed home by friends and family members at the company’s training area,  here, Saturday.
The law enforcement detachment was deployed last December and conducted several missions while improving ASG-QA’s day-to-day operations.
One way it kept ASG-QA running so smoothly was by streamlining the Defense Biometric Identification System used by the military to easily identify and verify the access authorization of personnel.
“Paperwork and people were processed quicker and more efficiently,” said Sgt. Jamie Fresen, a member of the detachment.
Additionally, the detachment performed port security missions and protective service details for many distinguished visitors, all while running the Provost Marshal Office with around-the-clock
On her first deployment, Spc. Alicia Decipulo, personal security detail driver, said she did not expect the year downrange to go by as quickly as it did.
“It wasn’t too hectic, and I even got to get some schooling done,” said Decipulo.
Along with time for education, the detachment sent six Soldiers to the Warrior Leader Course in Kuwait, with two of those troops making the commandant’s list.
In keeping with a normal routine as much as possible, the detachment also carried out physical training.
Declaring their mission a success, detachment commander Capt. Brad Smith said he couldn’t be more proud of how his MPs conducted themselves.
“The Soldiers performed above and beyond what was expected and executed their missions with zero issues,” said Smith. “We received nothing but praise from command and many distinguished visitors.”
Sgt. 1st Class Kristy Martin, detachment senior noncommissioned officer, added her Soldiers were “awesome.”
“They were asked for by name when the Sergeant Major of the Army came for a visit,” said Martin.
Yet, as busy as the detachment was with all of its missions, there was not one mishap.
“It’s a great feeling when you can bring all of your Soldiers back home,” said Martin.

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