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Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion 1 Returns Home

Navy NewsStand

Story Number: NNS060927-19
Release Date: 9/27/2006 1:30:00 PM

By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Patrick Gearhiser, Fleet Public Affairs Center Atlantic

NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- Sailors of Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion (NPDB) 1 returned home to Naval Station Norfolk Sept. 27.

NPDB 1, which consists of more than 700 active duty and Reserve members, is part of the larger Task Force 26. Task Force 26 oversees the operation of the Theater Internment Facility (TIF) at Fort Suse, Iraq, and the Sailors who man NPDB 1.

The duties of NPDB 1 included detention operations and convoying detainees to and from other TIFs and medical facilities. NPDB 1 has been in Iraq for one year.

“The Sailors did an outstanding job,” said Capt. Michael Olmstead, commanding officer of NPDB 1. “They did jobs that they did not expect to do. Their jobs consisted of detainee operations, logistics support and the support of other forces around Fort Suse.”

The Sailors and families were both happy to be reunited.

“It feels great. It’s been a long time,” said Master-at-Arms 1st Class Jack Maressa.

“I love him, I’m proud of him and I’m glad he’s back,” said Maressa’s daughter as she hugged him.

NPDB 1 returned from Iraq with no casualties.

“It is a huge relief to see everyone back home,” Olmstead said.

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