About 150 military policemen will return to Fort Lewis tonight after a yearlong deployment to Iraq.
The troops from two companies of the 508th Military Police Battalion served in Taji and supported operations at the Theater Internment Facility and Reconciliation Center. Soldiers from the battalion’s headquarters company provided command and control for running the detention facility. Troops from the 67th Military Police Company trained Iraqi corrections officers assigned to the facility.
The center was still under construction when the unit arrived in September 2008 and wasn’t finished when the first group of detainees arrived three months later. The 508th is one of two MP battalions to specialize in internment and resettlement, according to a Fort Lewis press release.
The International Committee of the Red Cross twice gave the facility “exceptional” ratings after inspections, and the humanitarian organization also named the 508th MP Battalion the “best in theater” earlier this year.
When not deployed, the soldiers run the Fort Lewis Regional Correction Facility.