‘Devil’ Brigade MPs lead refresher training
Staff Sgt. Greg Hatfield, acting platoon sergeant, MP Pltn., HHC, STB, 1st ABCT, monitors Soldiers as they move in teams to their next rally point during the unit’s civil disturbance refresher training June 20 at Fort Riley. Photo by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson, 1ST ABCT.
Story by: Sgt. Kerry Lawson
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About 30 Soldiers with the Military Police Platoon, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Special Troops Battalion, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division led civil disturbance refresher training June 20 at Fort Riley.
The training was designed to familiarize the brigade's officers and noncommissioned officers on how to function and react in a stressful civil disturbance environment, as they prepare for the six-month rapid response force mission, said Staff Sgt. Greg Hatfield, 1st Squad leader and acting platoon sergeant.
The brigade will assume this role in October. The unit will be in a stand-by mode ready to deploy to any environment within the continental U.S. to support civil authorities in response to a varied range of contingencies, including natural disasters, according to information from the brigade.
This will include all of the battalions within the brigade.
"We'll be teaching the training to the brigade leadership throughout the month of July and the first part of August," Hatfield said. "The leadership will then train their Soldiers on the same tactics they learned. This is just one of the training requirements for all the units within the brigade who will be part of the (rapid response force) mission."
The MPs will train the leadership from the brigade during the five dates in July and one in August, Hatfield said. The NCOs and officers of the brigade will be taught by the MP platoon.
The civil disturbance training included riot-control formations, riot-baton strikes, proper shield holds, shield retention, verbal commands, hand and arm signals, and snatch-and-grab team drills designed to disperse the crowd and minimize injuries.
"The Soldiers will also learn the typical assistance that a (rapid response force) unit could provide to the civil authorities and the American people," Hatfield said. "This will prepare them for what else they could be doing during a possible mission. The (rapid response force) mission includes civil disturbance control, infrastructure protection, traffic control, distribution of supplies, searching for missing persons, evacuation of personnel, medical evacuations and medical aid."
The training means Soldiers will be ready for virtually any disaster-related mission needed within a community during an emergency, said Pfc. Tyler Swanson, an MP with 1st Squad.
"I've been an MP for two years, and I believe that this training will help us tremendously," he said. "It will help us to stay sharp on what to do and when and how much force to use during a riot."
Providing training to other military occupational specialty Soldiers will reinforce the brigade's numbers during large civil disturbances, Swanson said.
Hatfield said the brigade's officers and NCOs were enthusiastic to be training for this type of mission.
"The Soldiers of 1st (ABCT) stand ready to assist our nation in this time of need," Hatfield said.