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NEWS | Oct. 11, 2011

Kentucky Guard MPs help secure Victory Base Complex

By Army Sgt. Scott Raper 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade

BAGHDAD, Iraq — As U.S. forces continue to re-posture troops and equipment from Iraq, security operations must simultaneously be maintained throughout the theater

On Victory Base Complex, many buildings remain an active post for Soldiers and civilian contractors that require security details. At Al Faw Palace that task has fallen to the 617th Military Police Co. of the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade.

Army National Guard Spc. Chris Reardon from Danville, Ky., is one of several MP's that share the duties of that detail.

Reardon and the members of the detail ensure all individuals entering the palace are authorized to do so and respond to any security issues that may arise around the building. The 617th had intended on conducting a different mission while deployed, however, Reardon keeps his MOS in mind and adapts to any change in his job.

"It's not the job we trained for, but we are MPs, this is a MP task, we provide security; it's second nature for us," he said. "It's a big responsibility even though it may seem like a small task."

With the positive attitude, Reardon said his morale is remaining high, especially with the ability to keep squad integrity and stick together through their daily activities. This being his first deployment, Reardon is also adapting to life far from the ordinary and learning what is needed to make life a bit easier.

"I like to travel a lot, never in the same place too long, but I have never travelled this far from home," he said. "It's nice to have the contact with the outside. The internet is a great accessory to have."

Reardon is anxious to do his job in Iraq for as long as he can. The 617th has trained hard and long to do their part in support of Operation New Dawn, and its Soldiers are here and ready for whatever they are called upon to do. Reardon understands and supports the mission and has simple feelings about the future of Iraq.

"I think it's good to know that we are drawing down and if our influence has changed at least one person, it's a good thing."

 

 

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