MPs finish training before deployment
Soldiers with the 300th MP Co., 97th MP Bn. conducted their final training exercise Sept. 14 at the Home Station Training Lane prior to their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.
Story by: Shandi Dix
In preparation for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, Soldiers with the 300th Military Police Company, 97th Military Police Battalion spent four days on the training ranges for their final training mission Sept. 12 to 16.
During the training exercise, the Soldiers took part in three scenarios including reaction to improvised explosive devices at the Home Station Training Lane, police mentorship training, where teams were trained on how to conduct mentorship and training with Afghan Uniformed Police and a live-fire exercise, which was the culminating event, where teams were tested on all training in a live fire scenario, said Sgt. 1st Class Gary Westerman, Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 97th MP Bn.
The training exercise is designed to prepare the unit for its assigned mission.
"The training was focused on (International Security Assistance Force's) current main effort in Afghanistan – the development of Afghan National Security Forces, particularly the Afghan Uniformed Police and Afghan Border Police," Westerman said.
Role players were incorporated into the training.
"Several Afghan-Americans were incorporated into the training to provide a more realistic training environment. They played the part of interpreter, Afghan Police and civilians on the battlefield to give the 300th MP Co. a better idea of what they'll encounter during their deployment," Westerman said.