CAMP HUMPHREYS, REPUBLIC OF KOREA- The U.S. Army military police are known to take care of base security and internment operations. Yet, their job, when they are deployed, is a lot more intricate.
The 401st Military Police Co. focus shifts to support to security and mobility operations from base security while they are attached to 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division on their rotation in the Republic of Korea.
"In the rear, we have many competing requirements that plague a lot of units in garrison," said 1st Sgt. Nicholas Barnum, 401st MP Co. 1st Sgt. "Here in Korea we can support the Brigade fully without any of the same distractions." Units like the engineers and field artillery rely on the MPs to provide security while they are creating or repairing supply routes or engaging enemy target. This also entails security for the supply routes and making sure that the traffic on those routes don't bunch up and become artillery targets.
"Over here, another part of our job is dislocated civilian control," said Ravencraft. "If anything ever happened, we expect hundreds of thousands of dislocated civilians would start flooding south. And our job is to keep them off of the routes that we are using so that we can speed up the maneuver forces through the movement corridors."
Being attached to a BCT has some advantages when it comes to training.
"In the rear, we are under the control of a battalion that can say, 'hey, we need you to do this'," said 1st Sgt. Nicholas Barnum, 401st MP Co. 1st Sgt. "Yet, being under the engineer battalion we can support them fully without any kind of distractions."
This is allowing the battalions to learn and know the capabilities of the 401st, so that they can request the mission support that is needed to help enhance the training objectives.
"Besides this being a great experience, this needs to happen more," said Barnum. "People don't understand the capabilities of an MP company and with us working with them, they are learning more and more. Now they are knowing where and how to plug us in to support their mission."