Fort McCoy News July 22, 2016

MPs train at EPW 2 during Guardian Justice exercise

Military police Soldiers participating in the Guardian Justice exercise participate in a riot scenario as part of training at the Enemy Prisoner of War 2 training area on Fort McCoy's South Post.
Military police Soldiers participating in the Guardian Justice exercise
participate in a riot scenario as part of training at the Enemy Prisoner
of War 2 training area on Fort McCoy's South Post.
Photo by Jamal Wilson


Military police apprehend a Soldier playing the role of a rioter during the scenario.
Military police apprehend a Soldier playing the role of a rioter during
the scenario.
Photo by Jamal Wilson


Soldiers playing the roles of rioters try to break through a line of military police as part of the scenario.
Soldiers playing the roles of rioters try to break through a line of
military police as part of the scenario
. Photo by Jamal Wilson

Military police (MP) who trained at Fort McCoy from late May through early July as part of the Guardian Justice exercise completed many training scenarios at the installation's Enemy Prisoner of War 2 training area.

The area is designed to support specific military police training objectives, such as detention operations and combat support roles on the battlefield.

Throughout the cycle of the Guardian Justice exercise, MPs trained on nonlethal weapons, dismounted patrols, and detainee processing.

"The purpose of this exercise is to provide units a foundation and support to conduct individual Soldier skill training," said Capt. James Balukowski, battalion operations officer for the 304th Military Police Battalion of Nashville, Tenn.

Balukowski said the training is essential for MPs in the Army Reserve because they do not have as much time to train as active-duty Soldiers, but they have to meet the same standards as Soldiers in the active component.

   (Article prepared by the Fort McCoy Public Affairs Office and the 220th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment.)