Archive for Friday, August 13, 2010

Deployed MP unit returns to Fort Leavenworth

August 13, 2010

— The second of only two units from Fort Leavenworth to deploy since World War II has returned to its home base.

Around 150 soldiers with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 705th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Battalion returned from a year-long deployment Thursday night and were greeted by a waiting crowd of family, friends and fellow soldiers.

The Army said the unit provided detention operations for the Government of Iraq and United States Forces-Iraq. In their year deployed, the soldiers successfully helped operate and later transferred two theater internment facilities to the Iraqi government. They were also involved with training Iraqi correctional officers.

The unit last deployed for 15 months to Iraq in August 2006 and returned February 2008. Although soldiers have deployed from Fort Leavenworth as individuals, this is the second time since World War II a full unit has deployed from Fort Leavenworth, the Army said.

During their last deployment the unit:

• Received 57 Combat Action Badges

• Re-enlisted for a total of 262 years

• Provided logistical oversight to more than $66 million-worth of equipment

• Processed more than 90,000 detainee requests

• Provided administrative support to more than 2,300 coalition personnel and more than 30,000 detainees

• Developed the “Bucca Freedom School,” increasing detainee literacy.

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