8th MP’s ‘Centurions’ strengthen multinational partnerships during Shanti Prayas III

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments
Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Taresha Hill
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Military police from the 57th Military Police Company “Centurions,” 728th MP Battalion, 8th MP Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, participated in the 2017 Multinational Peacekeeping Exercise Shanti Prayas III at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Center in Nepal.

More than 1,000 combined military personnel participated in Shanti Prayas III, a Global Peace Operations Initiative capstone exercise that is designed to train defense personnel for participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions.

Exercise participants learned the skills needed to carry out U.N. peacekeeping mission directives and tasks during staff and field training events.

Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Spc. Maria Hutchinson, a military police officer with the 57th Military Police Company, 728th Military Police Battalion, 8th Military Police Brigade, performs a search on a Nepalese citizen during exercise Shanti Prayas III. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Behlin, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Highlighted among the military participants, were the MPs from the 57th MP Co., who came to be the standard-bearer for much of the training during the field training event.

“It was echoed numerous times throughout the exercise to me,” said Lt. Col. Chad Froehlich, commander of 728th MP Bn., about the many accolades he has received. “Talking with the PACOM (U.S. Pacific Command) representatives there, they were very impressed with the way the company negotiated the lanes during the exercise.”

For Shanti Prayas III, which means “Peace Endeavor,” the rules of engagement (ROE) used are very different than what are used in combat and what many average U.S. Army Soldiers are familiar with.

Froehlich said he contributed much of the success to the fact that it was a peacekeeping mission and that it was a platoon of MPs participating in the exercise rather than a platoon of infantrymen or armor crewmen.

“MPs deal with a type of peacekeeping rules of engagement on a daily basis when they are working law enforcement,” Froehlich explained. “There has to be a graduated level of response with the ROE, so they were a very good fit for the peacekeeping operations.”

Despite having some peacekeeping skills, Sgt. 1st Class Roland Carnahan of the 57th MP Co. said it was still a learning experience for many of his Soldiers.

Spc. Kaitlyn Pace a Soldier assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade from Scofield Barracks in Hawaii conducts a search of a role player during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

Spc. Kaitlyn Pace a Soldier assigned to the 57th Military Police Company, 8th Military Police Brigade from Scofield Barracks in Hawaii conducts a search of a role player during exercise Shanti Prayas III in Nepal. Shanti Prayas is a multinational United Nations peacekeeping exercise designed to provide pre-deployment training to U.N. partner countries in preparation for real-world peacekeeping operations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Taylor Mohr)

“They had to learn to work with an interpreter,” said Carnahan. “Many of them, (MP Soldiers), have not deployed before, so that was something new they had to work through.”

Through their adaptiveness, skills and leadership, the MPs embraced the challenges and prevailed.

“We learned how they (partner nations) operated during a U.N. peacekeeping mission and learned to have patience,” said Sgt. Franklin Rossetti, an MP with 57th MP Co.

Rossetti added, “Once we got the hang of it, it went smoothly.”

Froehlich said he was happy to see how effortlessly his Soldiers adapted and how well both, professionally and culturally, they engaged with the partner nations during the exercise.

He said PACOM representatives also noticed and requested to have the MPs return for next year’s exercise in Bangladesh.

USPACOM is scheduled to co-host next years’ GPOI capstone exercise, Shanti Doot 4, in Bangladesh at the Bangladesh Institute of Peace Support Operation Training.

Froehlich added, “We are definitely interested in participating in next year’s exercise. Anytime we can reach out and work with our partners across the Pacific, it’s a win for achieving the strategic goals established by PACOM.”

Tags: , , , , ,

Category: Exercises, News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *