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42nd Military Police Brigade ends 15-month tour at Camp Bucca (Bucca)

Multi-National Force-Iraq

Tuesday, 02 June 2009

MULTI-NATIONAL FORCE-IRAQ
JTF 134 Detainee Operations
BAGHDAD, Iraq
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release 20090602-01
June 2, 2009

42nd Military Police Brigade ends 15-month tour at Camp Bucca

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq—Col. David P. Glaser, commander, 42nd Military Police Brigade, transferred authority of Task Force Bucca to Lt. Col. Jesse D. Galvan, commander, 89th Military Police Brigade Tactical Actions Center (TAC) during a ceremony June 2 at Camp Bucca, Iraq.

March 16, 2008, the Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC), 42nd MP Bde. began their second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom to conduct theater-wide internment facility and reconciliation center operations, as well as manage an Iraqi Correctional Officer Training Academy. While deployed to Camp Bucca, the brigade headquarters became the foundation of Task Force Bucca, a partner to Multi-National Division-Southeast (MND-SE), the local Iraqi communities, and an essential part of Joint Task Force 134 Detainee Operations by implementing care and custody of detainees with dignity and respect.

“Our duty [during deployment] was to provide fair and equal treatment of all — those in detention and those we lived among and served alongside,” said Glaser.

The Soldiers of the 42nd MP Bde. touched every aspect of the detention operations mission at Camp Bucca by supporting each battalion and its companies along with their Iraqi partners.

“Together [Task Force Bucca] worked to demonstrate genuine respect to all and the results of living up to these principles were transformational, not just to the Iraqi’s, but to U.S. forces who lived and worked as part of Camp Bucca’s operations,” said Glaser.

“I am extremely proud of what we have been part of. I believe with all my heart we provided the Iraqi people with justice and honor through the mission we conducted inside and outside the TIF, and there is no one who worked harder or continues to work harder at care and custody with dignity and respect than Task Force Bucca,” added Glaser.

The detention operations mission is inherently a challenging one with long hours, often in extreme weather conditions. To keep service members at Camp Bucca focused took strong leadership, continuously enforcing standards and discipline.

“There are a lot of tough days down here at Camp Bucca, and through their leadership [Glaser and Command Sgt. Maj. Edgar W. Dahl] they have lead the way by personal example. This organization has always maintained the highest standards, and always conducted operations in a truly professional manner,” said Brig. Gen. David E. Quantock, commanding general, Joint Task Force 134 Detainee Operations.

“You treated detainees with dignity and respect. You conducted your day-to-day business with the highest ethical and moral standards and you took care of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and our civilian partners,” added Quantock. “Best of luck to all of you. Return with honor!”

The 42nd MP Bde. will redeploy to Fort Lewis, Wash. by mid-June.

Camp Bucca is a forward operating base along the Kuwaiti border near the port city of Umm Qasr, Iraq’s southernmost city.

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