By Sgt. Uriah WalkerMarch 23, 2017
DAEGU, South Korea - Several security tactics were displayed, March 16, during a bi-lateral training exercise at Busan Naval Base, Busan. Military police from 188th MP Company and Republic of Korea Navy Special Duty Team members trained together for three days honing their skills.
The culminating event was a 30 minute demonstration showcasing the dynamic relationship between U.S. Army and ROK Navy rapid response forces. Scenarios included VIP escort, react to IED, enemy infiltration, active shooter and hostage rescue.
Six members of 188th MP Co. spent three days training with the ROK Navy SDT. The final display showcased the seamless integration of the two country's forces being able to work together.
"Being here opened my eyes to how other militaries train," said Spc. Mathias Mendillo, 188th MP Co. "I feel like they work more as a family together. These guys are not just co-workers, they're great friends."
That feeling of family crossed over to our U.S. forces during the three days of training, explained Mendillo. "I can't wait to spend more time with them."
Although the two branches may have varying experiences and training tactics, stronger bonds have been forged between the two building confidence along the way. The feeling of family prompted several members from both teams to exchanged contact information.
"For three days we've been completely immersed with them [ROK Navy]," said Staff Sgt. Jason Murray, 188th MP Co. "It's been good for the soldiers to see how the Special Duty Team operates. The whole experience has been very exciting to learn from each other."
During the demonstration it was evident that all members of the teams truly embraced the experience. Their ability to work through the various scenarios indicated a genuine dedication to service and one another.
During the active shooter and hostage rescue scenario the mixed team executed a forced entry. By utilizing members rappelling from the roof, to deliver a notional flashbang, and a ground team entering through an adjacent window they were able to neutralize the threat and rescue the hostages.
"Today's example of how well we seamlessly operate is a testament to how well we work together, kapshi kapshida, at the unit level," said U.S. Navy Commander Daniel Fillion, assistant chief of staff N7 security cooperation and engagement. "We don't have MPs here, we rely on the ROK special police to protect us so knowing that our guys can work this well with them is reassuring."
Ultimately, the continuing cooperation between U.S. and ROK forces helps to maintain a secure Peninsula.