MINSK MAZOWIECKI, Poland ― Soldiers from the 18th Military Police Brigade teamed with Polish military police unit counterparts to strengthen the long-standing partnerships between the two militaries during a four-day planning session Dec. 5 to 9 in Poland.
“It’s a critical partnership,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Doyle, 18th MP Bde. deputy commander. “They are a NATO country and maintaining a relationship between sister police forces to foster peace is very important to our mission here in Europe.”
“This is very important. It’s good to know what other NATO nations bring to the table,” said Capt. George Kilgore, an 18th MP Bde. operations officer.
During the planning session the Military Gendarmerie Specialized Unit in Warsaw displayed their capabilities on close protection, transportation, pyrotechnic recognition, military working dogs and special operations.
Additionally, the MGSU in Minsk Mazowiecki introduced the 18th MP Bde. to the vehicles, weapons and equipment operated by their unit. The training event also focused on weapons handling, cordon and search operations, react to contact, and urban operations.
“The Polish are very capable and they have very similar missions. They are professional and very good at what they do,” Doyle said.
After the training, both units discussed partnership training events consisting of squad training and participation in each other’s future training exercises.
“What we saw there was a very well-trained, professional force. As this partnership continues and we work closer with them, both units will benefit from this relationship,” Doyle said.