MP units train for future operations

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By Mark Owen/  438th Military Police Co. Unit Public Affairs Representative

 MURRAY, Ky.(July 13, 2010)–Soldiers from the 438th Military Police Company recently played the part of guards and detainees during their annual training to sharpen the skills vital to the unit’s future missions.

 The 438th  MP Co., based in Murray, Ky, traveled to the Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center June 3-19 for two weeks of battalion-wide preparations.

 Spc. Sarah Glasser of Carbondale, Ill., praised the training, saying it was essential to the unit’s overall mission.  During the detainee operations training June 7-9, Glasser learned how to search vehicles, packages and people entering detainee facilities to maintain security.

 During one particular exercise, Spc. Jessica Clarkson, a Murray, Ky., native, pretended to be a visitor to a detainee.

 “I had to search Clarkson before she could enter to make sure that she didn’t have any weapons,” Glasser said.

Glasser said the training was especially helpful because it allowed her to apply what she learned in the classroom setting.

“I’m a hands-on learner,” she said.  Glasser also complimented the instructors, saying their real-world experiences from previous deployments was an added bonus.

 Clarkson was one of those instructors.  She deployed to Fallujah, Iraq in December 2007 with the Texas National Guard and spent her time training Iraqi police.

 “We’d teach them how to do their jobs so they could take over,” Clarkson said, and even though she was an instructor, she also remained a student; learning new techniques alongside other Soldiers.

 “I’m learning as I’m teaching,” she said.

 The training, although meant to be fun, was also serious because it taught lessons that might be used in situations that could cost a life.  Soldiers could ask questions, get answers and take time practicing.

“This is where you can do it over and over and over without a life-or-death consequence. You learn from your mistakes,” said Clarkson.  Glasser said the annual training helps Soldiers within the same unit learn to work as a team.

 “You and your unit become more unified,” she said. “You’re together for two weeks. You don’t have just two days, and then you break for a month. You learn to work together better,” said Glasser.

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