1st Lt. Bryant Sullivan, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment is part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – 1st Lt. Bryant Sullivan, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment is part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (Photo Credit: Eleanor Prohaska) VIEW ORIGINAL
Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment is part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment is part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (Photo Credit: Eleanor Prohaska) VIEW ORIGINAL

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment were alerted on a Saturday that they needed to help establish and support temporary living facilities for thousands of Afghan travelers in Kaiserslautern, Germany, four hours away from their base in Grafenwöhr, Germany.

They arrived Monday afternoon with an entire troops’ worth of infantry Soldiers.

“2CR is blessed with the training and the ability to deploy at a moment’s notice,” said 1st Lt. Zachary Smith, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Calvary Regiment, Kronos Troop Executive Officer. “Granted we didn’t take our Strykers up here, we took a bus. But with that training we were able to take orders and initiate movement and move up here in a very speedy manner.”

Rapid mobility was needed to ensure safe, temporary lodging, food, medical screening and treatment for travelers as thousands streamed in to various U.S. military bases, including ROB, during Operation Allies Refuge in August.

“I’m most likely to remember exactly how rapidly we had to mobilize and how quickly we got so many people here, how quickly we set up all the facilities, and how in just a day or two it all filled up immediately with travelers,” said 1st Lt. Spencer Hurley, 18th MP Brigade, Platoon Leader, Day Shift Security Officer in Charge for MPs.

Now that the temporary living facilities have been well established, the mission is to keep the approximately 7,000 men, women and children travelers, as well as hundreds of volunteers and military personnel supporting Operation Allies Welcome at ROB safe and comfortable.

Security forces include multiple U.S. military police companies based in Germany, including MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade. Units include 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.

German Bundeswehr HptFw Sandra Born (right) with liaison Detachment BwLOGCOM, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, discusses plans for Operation Allies Welcome at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021. The German Armed Forces have worked side by side with Military Police and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – German Bundeswehr HptFw Sandra Born (right) with liaison Detachment BwLOGCOM, 21st Theater Sustainment Command, discusses plans for Operation Allies Welcome at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021. The German Armed Forces have worked side by side with Military Police and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers) (Photo Credit: Spc. Katelyn Myers) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Pfc. Brandon Farmer with 2nd Cavalry Regiment, (right), German Sgt. Stefan Bujung (center) and German Spc. Kevin Wachtler (left) with the BC Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 patrol Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021, in support of Operation Allies Welcome. Soldiers communicate to the Tactical Operation Center to keep them updated on the current conditions of that post. At this post, Afghan evacuees wait to be called forward in groups to go eat at the dining facility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Pfc. Brandon Farmer with 2nd Cavalry Regiment, (right), German Sgt. Stefan Bujung (center) and German Spc. Kevin Wachtler (left) with the BC Panzergrenadierbataillon 122 patrol Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany, Sept. 30, 2021, in support of Operation Allies Welcome. Soldiers communicate to the Tactical Operation Center to keep them updated on the current conditions of that post. At this post, Afghan evacuees wait to be called forward in groups to go eat at the dining facility. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers) (Photo Credit: Spc. Katelyn Myers) VIEW ORIGINAL

The Bundeswehr filled key leadership and operational roles in Afghanistan and their presence at ROB builds on established relationships and enhances interoperability with the host nation.

“Interoperability is the ability to act together coherently, effectively, and efficiently,” said Cpt. Matt Grider, Kronos Troop Commander, 3/2 CR and OAW Security Officer in Charge at ROB. “It is more than just equipment and systems — it is about processes and relationships.”

The OAW joint security forces at ROB are interoperability in action.

While joint operations are common for the Bundeswehr while on missions or at NATO bases, they do not usually occur within Germany, said German Company Commander, Cpt. Janet Radekopp, from the 2nd MP Regiment, based in Hilden, Germany.

“Working with other nations, the U.S. MPs — I’ve never done this before and it is a great experience,” she said. “We are standing side by side with our NATO partners and the U.S. Army and the U.S. Forces. We all work together.”

Radekopp says German forces do joint patrols with the U.S. MPs 24/7, and so far there have been no major challenges. She appreciates the opportunity to learn from U.S. Soldiers as well as the travelers, who bring a variety of cultural backgrounds to ROB.

“Being on the base feels a little bit like being in America,” she said, citing the dining facilities and U.S. military vehicles as obvious reminders of being on a U.S. military base. “I learn something new every day.”

Security detail sometimes includes soccer practice with travelers at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Joint Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.
Security detail sometimes includes soccer practice with travelers at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Joint Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (Photo Credit: Eleanor Prohaska) VIEW ORIGINAL

Hurley said he appreciates the opportunity to establish relationships with German Soldiers. “We’ve come to know a lot of the fellow feldjägers specifically because they work with us,” he said. “A lot of my Soldiers are trading patches, coins and what not, making it a positive experience, getting to work with the host nation in a way that we usually wouldn’t be able to.”

OAW is also an opportunity for U.S. Soldiers and Military Police trained in engineering, combat tactics, force protection, anti-terrorism and area security, to put their skills to use in new ways as they gain insight and experience that comes from supporting a real-life mission.

For example, Hurley’s platoon was recently trained on detention operations, but OAW is far from a detention operation, said Hurley.

“Due to the travelers’ status and the situation as a whole, we’re not here as guards ... we’re solely here as a policing force to make the facility as safe as possible for these travelers,” he said.

“The travelers here are not detainees, they’ve done nothing wrong. However, combining what we know of our detention training and our daily law enforcement missions that we provide here in the Kaiserslautern military community area, we’re able to take the best of both to improve the safety of the facilities and care for the travelers as best we can.”

According to Hurley, Soldiers have been able to adapt their skills to meet mission needs.

“I found it’s been very rewarding to take part in a real-life mission, and actually put, if in an unorthodox way, some of what we’ve trained on to use doing something real,” he said.

(L to R) Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment, German Bundesweher Oberstabsgefreiter Dominik Soldan, BC Panzergrenadier Battalion 122, and 1st Lt. Bryant Sullivan, Kronos Troop, 2CR are part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.
1 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – (L to R) Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop, 2nd Calvary Regiment, German Bundesweher Oberstabsgefreiter Dominik Soldan, BC Panzergrenadier Battalion 122, and 1st Lt. Bryant Sullivan, Kronos Troop, 2CR are part of the joint security force at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (Photo Credit: Eleanor Prohaska) VIEW ORIGINAL
A young Afghan traveler "helps" with traffic flow at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces regularly patrol the temporary living areas and include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher.
2 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A young Afghan traveler "helps" with traffic flow at Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany during Operation Allies Welcome. Security forces regularly patrol the temporary living areas and include MPs and engineers from 18th MP Brigade as well as units from 902nd Engineer Company from Grafenwöhr; 92nd MP Company from Kaiserslautern; the 529th and 571st MP companies out of Wiesbaden; 527th MP Company out of Hohenfels, and Soldiers from Kronos Troop, 2CR as well as German Feldjägers and the German Bundesweher. (Photo Credit: Eleanor Prohaska) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop with 2nd Calvary Regiment plays catch with an Afghan child Sept. 30, 2021 at the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Sgt. Shaw is part of the joint security force during Operation Allies Welcome and often play soccer, volleyball, and various other activities with the children and adults. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers)
3 / 3 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Aaron Shaw, Kronos Troop with 2nd Calvary Regiment plays catch with an Afghan child Sept. 30, 2021 at the Rhine Ordnance Barracks in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Sgt. Shaw is part of the joint security force during Operation Allies Welcome and often play soccer, volleyball, and various other activities with the children and adults. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Katelyn Myers) (Photo Credit: Spc. Katelyn Myers) VIEW ORIGINAL

Although their mission is not typical, ROB security forces still perform typical security details, including regular patrols.

“Also, if and when we do get reports of any suspicious activity or suspicious packages, we will immediately cordon off the area and call German authorities and take any measures necessary in order to ensure the safety of the travelers and our fellow soldiers,” said Smith.

He added that their main focus is to make sure nothing happens inside of ROB and are able to monitor “hot spots” where things could either come in or go out easily.

There are approximately 500 children at ROB, and although dealing with children is something that is more focused to military police investigators, military police in general have more specialized training working with children than most of the regular Army. Those skills are being honed during OAW.

“A lot of what we have learned here, has been learned in the facility,” Hurley said. “A lot of what we’re using to make friends with the populous and to be that positive presence that we need to be has been learned on the fly, working with the children, working with the families."

When told about reports of Afghan youth at ROB expressing desires to become U.S. Soldiers, Smith responded, “That in and of itself is pretty rewarding and pretty cool to see and hear about. It means a lot for younger Afghan men or women to want to join the United States military. It shows how much of an impact we’ve had on their lives — and them us, as well.”