N.C. National Guard’s 514th MP Co. deploys out of Fort Bliss
Claudia P. Roberto,
DoMaD Public Affairs:
About 130 National Guard Soldiers of the 514th Military Police Company from Winterville, N.C., flew out of Fort Bliss Aug. 13 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The company arrived here June 18 to conduct pre-deployment training. Upon arrival, the Directorate of Mobilization and Deployment facilitated their in-processing during a 10-day period. Afterward, the 5th Armored Brigade led their training at McGregor Range, N.M., during the next month and a half.
Capt. Patrick J. Brozowski, company commander, said training here helped strengthen and solidify their 18 months of preparation.
“The culminating training event, with all the role players and actual villages simulating operations down range, was very realistic and helpful,” said Brozowski.
The company will provide combat support and mentorship training to help the Afghani uniformed and national police with their goal of becoming a self-sustaining security force for their nation.
With the dynamics in Afghanistan changing, such as the troop draw-down, the company has been affected as well. The unit’s mission has changed, the number of Soldiers deploying has dropped, and they have transferred several Soldiers out of their company to other North Carolina units.
“The adaptability of our company is outstanding,” said Brozowski. “We’re just glad that our mission is continuing and we didn’t get cancelled while we are here.”
For National Guard Soldiers, their whole life stops for that year of training and deployment. Students must take breaks from their college courses, and business owners put their lives on hold. Some people have to make special arrangements for their families, so mobilization and deployments are very challenging, Brozowski added.
“All the Soldiers have been doing an outstanding job despite all the changes that have been going on,” said 1st Sgt. Alton R. Carmon.
The company departed Monday morning to commence their nine-month tour in Afghanistan.
“The morale is still high,” said Brozowski, “and we’re very glad that we have the team we have going in country.”
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