18th MPs strengthen partnership with NATO allies

by Staff Sgt. Tramel S. Garrett
18th MP Brigade Public Affairs

WALCZ, Poland — Soldiers from the 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th MP Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, teamed with the Polish military and other NATO nations to continue strengthening their partnership during the Anaconda 12 training exercise Sept. 17 to 28.

Anaconda 12 was conducted to assist the Multinational Corps Northeast in exercising their battle-staff training and to foster partnership among participating nations.

The 18th MP Bde. is no stranger to NATO forces, as they conducted planning sessions and training in the past with Polish Military Police. Some of the training included marksmanship and military working dogs tactics.

During this exercise, the 630th MP Co. conducted joint missions with Polish Armed Forces, including escorts, checkpoints, traffic control points and route reconnaissance. “The training has been pretty interesting. I have learned some of their tactics and I believe it would work for us,” said Sgt. Donald Manhalter, 527th MP Company. “You never know what could happen, and to have great allies like the Polish is always beneficial.”

For this reason, the 18th MP Bde. continues to take advantage of opportunities to exchange battlefield techniques and enhance NATO partnerships with participating nations.

“Due to the proposed high intensity warfare scenario, we are also learning how a military police brigade can adapt from recent past missions that involved counter-insurgency operations and still conduct our MP functions to help win on the battlefield,” said 1st Lt. Kathleen Rubbo, adjutant, 709th MP Bn.

In addition, the Multinational MP Bn. also demonstrated all of their skills during “VIP Day,” to which the 18th MP Bde. commander was invited as an honored guest. This event showcased specialized unit Soldiers demonstrating their skills. Additionally, VIPs were shown a military equipment display and a roll call for fallen Soldiers.

“We hope to achieve good relations with the partnering nations for future training exercise opportunities and to exchange useful battle staff techniques and methods to take back to our battalion staff for our future staff exercises,” Rubbo said.

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