34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
Spc. Jarecus Henderson (left), of 34th Military Police Detachment, calls in details of a domestic violence case during one of several scenarios that the police officers worked through at Fort Knox’s Home Station Training Lanes site Sept. 13-14, 2021. The Soldiers tested their skills to remain proficient if they deploy in the future. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Sirens silenced chirping birds near the barracks. Someone had reported a domestic dispute on the third floor and two patrol cars from 34th Military Police Detachment responded within two minutes.

Standing out front at the Home Station Training Lanes site Sept. 14, Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Wheeler watched the police officers arrive, then followed as they approached the room of the fighting couple.

An Active Component/Reserve Component observer controller trainer with 1st Battalion, 410th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 4th Cavalry Brigade, Wheeler jotted notes as members of 34th ran through several different scenarios during the second day of a two-day exercise evaluation at the installation.

34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Isaac Lord points out how to get into one area in the Home Station Training Lanes site during a briefing prior to conducting training Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL
34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. Joshua Robertson (left) briefs military police officers prior to them testing their reaction and decision-making skills during the exercise Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

The evaluation was an internal initiative identified as a requirement and training objective for the unit by the detachment commander.

“The 34th MP Detachment reached out to members of our team through some personal relationships they have,” said Wheeler. “As a military police Soldier myself, I have no problem jumping in on this and helping other MP Soldiers get the quality training that they need, watching their training, and giving them some professional insight.”

34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
Sgt. Joshua Robertson simulates arresting a Soldier after concluding that he had abused his spouse during a domestic violence scenario Sept. 14, 2021. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

Wheeler said part of the evaluation that he and his team provide comes straight from Army training manuals.

“As we’re watching, we make notes and make sure they’re hitting all the critical Soldier and leadership steps in the different tasks to ensure they’re proficient,” said Wheeler.

Some of the tasks they were expected to accomplish included responding to larceny, answering a domestic altercation, booking and interviewing a suspect, reacting to a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device, processing a traffic accident and thwarting an active shooter.

Staff Sgt. William Tomblin, operations noncommissioned officer for 34th, said their intent with the exercise was to make sure all the Soldiers are prepared in case they ever receive orders to deploy to an austere environment in the future.

34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
Sgt. Isaac Lord (left) follows Spc. Steven Gill to his barracks room to get his story about how some of his items were stolen. The two-day training evaluation tested Soldiers’ reaction times and how they handled different stressful events. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

“Our commander wanted to get a better idea, if we are called to deploy and set up a [provost marshal office], how her detachment is going to react,” said Tomblin. “We are exposing these Soldiers to an environment that they’re not used to being in and not being able to rely on having civilian overhead; everything is internal.”

While not in a garrison environment in the United States, Tomblin said a provost marshal office, or PMO, is responsible for much of the same duties in a deployed environment, normally at a large forward operating base. Those responsibilities include policing, force protection and antiterrorism measures.

Tomblin said the exercise had proven valuable to them.

34th MPs conduct annual provost marshal office training evaluation during field exercise
Fort Knox Garrison Senior Enlisted Advisor Command Sgt. Maj. William Fogle (center) observes Sgt. Isaac Lord capturing the violent spouse’s side of the story during training at Fort Knox’s Home Station Training Lanes site Sept. 14, 2021. Fogle and Garrison Commander Col. Lance O’Bryan watched the scenario and talked with 34th Military Police Detachment leaders. (Photo Credit: Eric Pilgrim, Fort Knox News) VIEW ORIGINAL

“They’re doing well,” said Tomblin. “They’re already very well trained — this is what we normally do day-in and day-out at Fort Knox. The only change is the environment they’re in.”