Protecting the NATO force

Compiled Story and photo Story and photosby Capt. Erin Dorrance
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

***image1***Once you gain access to Ramstein, you still have several layers of security to pass when entering the NATO Allied Air Component Command Headquarters building, located off the traffic circle on the north side of the base.

The ultra-modern five-story facility, valued at $80 million, is protected by NATO military police representing five NATO nations; U.S., England, Belgium, Norway and Poland. The 42-person force is responsible for force protection, physical security and law enforcement operations for more than 600 personnel assigned to NATO on Ramstein.

***image2***The NATO command on Ramstein is responsible for the security and territorial integrity of member nations within the area of functional responsibility through effective air policing as directed through dynamic command and control of air operations. Gen. Roger Brady holds a dual-hatted position as the commander of Allied Air Component Command Ramstein and U.S. Air Forces in Europe commander.
The entire facility is secured by the small, but versatile military police force, which also maintains a deployment mission.

“We train here on Ramstein to ensure our forces are ready for deployment around the world,” said NATO Provost Marshal Martin Bland, who is responsible for advice and coordination on all military police activities and provides advice and recommendation on security issues to General Brady and other leadership. “We almost always have a four-person team deployed supporting the ISAF [International Security Assistance Force] in Afghanistan.”
The military police working out of the NATO facility are responsible for seven subordinate commands and three NATO facilities throughout the KMC, said Senior Master Sgt. Mark Marson, NATO provost marshal police superintendent. Policing activities also include internal response exercises to validate plans and procedures.
“We couldn’t do our mission without the excellent base support we receive,” said Sergeant Marson. “Fire, medical, explosive ordnance disposal and police assets from the 435th Air Base Wing provide us with the external support that is essential for us to operate under any condition.”

***image3***Security is a very large part of the job for military police, but it is not their only representation.

NATO military police perform first-rate ceremonial presentations for 12 to 15 senior leaders annually, said Sergeant Marson. The professional presentations showcase the dedication of the force and their commitment to military traditions. Past ceremonies have included the NATO secretary general, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff and the supreme allied commander in Europe.

From world-class security to special military ceremonies, NATO military police complete their mission with professionalism, dedication and pride.