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New facility to help MPs learn detainee handling

By Scott Thompson
Ft. Leavenworth Lamp

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, August 23, 2006) – When the 705th Military Police Battalion converted from a non-deployable unit to a deployable one and gained its internment and resettlement designation last fall, the need for a detainee training facility became apparent.

The options were limited: travel to Camp Charlie at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., or build a facility on Fort Leavenworth.

Nearly one year later, the latter has come to fruition. Units will begin training at the new detainee training facility next month.

The new facility mirrors Camp Charlie, which opened in June, and both are modeled after Camp Bucca in Iraq.

"It will be a great training tool," said Lt. Col. Patrick Williams, 705th commander. "When the units deploy, it's critical to have a facility like this on post. It will be a great resource."

Maj. Ken Tauke, battalion executive officer, said the new facility lends a real-world feel to Soldiers training for internment and resettlement operations.

"The two best things this does is provide exposure to what Soldiers will potentially see, and it saves on travel time because we don't have to go to another location to train," Tauke said.

The facility will serve as a test site for the new Detainee Reporting System, through which Soldiers will process and track up to thousands of detainees.

"Accountability is one of our critical tasks," Tauke said, adding that custody, control and security of both detainees and security forces are equally important.

The training site’s perimeter is lined by an 8 feet tall chain-link fence topped with barbed wire. It houses one building that will serve as a processing area, as well as three compounds where mock detainees will live.

Tauke said modifications may occur over time, and while the 705th will get the most use of the new site, it will be available to other units training for internment and resettlement missions.

"There will be some minor modifications," Tauke said. "It's going to be a great facility and a great opportunity for Soldiers who haven't been exposed to that yet."

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