Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
1 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) through the dusty trails of Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 20. Th... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
2 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, points to his troops as they dismount at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 2... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
3 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, help evacuate an "injured" Soldier during a route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
4 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, help evacuate an "injured" Soldier during a route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
5 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Reserve Soldier from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, runs for cover inside a vehicle on a route reconnaissance training mission at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Ligget... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
6 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pvt. Fabian Harper, of Moline, Illinois, a U.S. Army Reserve military police gunner from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, is covered in dust from a morning convoy operation at a Warrior Exercise (W... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
7 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, prepare for a route reconnaissance during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 20. The MP compan... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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8 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Spc. Drake Klarkowski, of Moline, Illinois, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier with the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, puts on his gloves to prepare for a route reconnaissance during a Warrior Exercise (WAR... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
9 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A platoon of U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, conducts a convoy brief prior to a route reconnaissance mission at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Ligge... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
10 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army "Observer, Coach, Trainer" rides behind a convoy run by the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, on a route reconnaissance mission for a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, Ca... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
11 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) through the dusty trails of Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 20. Th... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
12 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance through the heat and high operational tempo of a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett,... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
13 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 20. The MP company's Soldi... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
14 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cpl. Shawn Winchester, a U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, poses for a portrait before a route reconnaissance mission at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) hel... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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15 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Michael White, battle staff noncomissioned officer, and Spc. Kelsie Johnson, knowledge management specialist, U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, review information on ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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16 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, hover over a map to plot an upcoming convoy during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 19. The MP battalio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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17 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, assemble a camouflage netting system to provide concealment and shade during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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18 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Derek Glaspie, of Washington, Iowa, a U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier with the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, works with his team to assemble a camouflage netting system to provide con... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
19 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 19. The MP company's S... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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20 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Caitlin Salefski, of Decatur, Illinois, a U.S. Army Reserve military police gunner for the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, dunks her arms in a cooler of ice in the heat of a Warrior Exercise (WAR... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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21 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cpl. Shawn Winchester, a U.S. Army Reserve military police Soldier from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, poses for a portrait after a route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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22 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Pfc. Caitlin Salefski, of Decatur, Illinois, a U.S. Army Reserve military police gunner for the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, drinks water in the heat of a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunt... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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23 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Master Sgt. Tony Propes, an "Observer, Coach, Trainer" with the 75th Training Command, monitors an operational briefing conducted by the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, through the high operational tempo of a Wa... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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24 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Reserve military police gunner from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, lays down suppressive fire on the enemy with a .50-cal machine gun on a route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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25 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, break contact from the enemy during a route reconnaissance at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, Ju... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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26 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, train on route reconnaissance through the heat and high operational tempo of a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett,... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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27 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, carry an "injured" battle-buddy to safety during a route reconnaissance training lane a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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28 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A member of opposition forces fires at U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, during a route reconnaissance training event at a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunte... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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29 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Staff Sgt. Nick Simonson, a U.S. Army Reserve platoon sergeant for the 339th Military Police Company (Combat Support), headquartered in Davenport, Iowa, runs to an "injured" Soldier during a route reconnaissance training event as part of their Warrio... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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30 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, break down and load up their operational tents in response to an "inject" in the middle of their Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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31 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, break down and load up their operational tents in response to an "inject" in the middle of their Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
Adapt and overcome: Military Police Soldiers persevere through heat, high operational tempo
32 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, break down and load up their operational tents in response to an "inject" in the middle of their Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter L... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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33 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Maj. Travis Gilbert, U.S. Army Reserve operations officer in charge for the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, listens to a Soldier briefing information during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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34 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers from the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, prepare for a convoy route during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 19. The MP battalion's Soldiers and ... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL
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35 / 35 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Lt. Col. Joseph Adamson, U.S. Army Reserve commander of the 384th Military Police Battalion, headquartered in Fort Wayne, Indiana, gives guidance to his battalion staff during a Warrior Exercise (WAREX) held at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, June 1... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. -- The ground was so hard that the U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers broke five mallets while pounding tent pegs into the dirt. The heat climbed above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and even though it was a dry heat, it caused the dust to fly around and settle on the Soldiers from their eyebrows down to their bootstraps.

Undeterred, the Soldiers of the 384th Military Police Battalion pushed ahead with their Warrior Exercise, also known as WAREX, during their training in California this month. But the difficult terrain and the heat were not the only obstacles facing the troops.

WAREX, which stands for Warrior Exercise, is a cyclical training event designed to evaluate U.S. Army Reserve brigades, battalions and companies in their specific functional areas.

When the battalion traveled from Indiana to California for the WAREX -- a cyclical training event designed to evaluate U.S. Army Reserve units in their specific functional areas -- the Soldiers thought they knew the strict parameters of their mission. They had been planning for months to rehearse their battalion's typical function: detention operations for enemy prisoners of war.

Except, without warning, the mission changed when they arrived at the WAREX. Instead of guarding hundreds of prisoners, the Soldiers of the 384th were now tasked with feeding and housing thousands of displaced civilians.

"We're equipped to in-process 550 people a day. But on one day, busloads of 800 people showed up as an 'inject.' We had to move into accelerated in-processing," said Lt. Col. Joseph Adamson, the 384th Military Police Battalion commander.

Thankfully, those numbers were "notional," but for the battalion staff it didn't make much of a difference. They still had to react and execute planning as if 800 human beings had just showed up on their installation. This tested the battalion's battle staff procedures, decision-making, communication and logistics -- all while being required to pack up and move their tactical operational spaces in the middle of their exercise.

"We didn't have a playbook for this kind of mission, so we're building one on the fly," said Adamson.

It is fortuitous timing that the playbook is being written now, before the team enters a real theater of war. A "prisoner operation" versus a "life support" mission are significantly different tasks, but both are very real possibilities in a war zone.

In the last 15 years of fighting, U.S. troops have fought mainly in counter-insurgency operations, often known as "asymmetric warfare." Now, the Army wants to maintain that knowledge and awareness, but also return to its roots of fighting "near-peer" enemies, such as organized military forces.

"We've been dealing with insurgent type activity (for so long). When you start thinking about linear battlefield and uniformed enemy, it's totally different," said Maj. Travis Gilbert, officer in charge of operations for the 384th Military Police Battalion.

"Our focus has always been, 'Eyes in. Guns in,' while watching detainees, to now the mission changes with displaced civilians: 'Eyes out. Guns out. Provide security.' Just a huge mindset change," said Gilbert.

In such a scenario, when a war first breaks out, there will be thousands of civilians whose homes, schools, hospitals and infrastructure are destroyed. They will need shelter, food, medical aid and care.

"Someone has to take care of them. That's a huge partnership we have with civil affairs, to provide life support and meet their physical needs," said Adamson.

The battalion also trained in logistical operations, setting up their own sleeping structures and operation centers, to mimic the type of rapid logistical work they would have to do in a real-time operation.

Despite the 180-degree shift in their training mission and mindset, the Soldiers of the 384th Military Police Battalion responded with the physical and mental acuity and flawless teamwork that not only will help them complete the training exercise, but will also serve them well in a real-life combat situation.