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JBLM MPs at Bagram tell families they’re safe and working to calm tensions from Quran upheaval

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Feb. 23, 2012 at 2:33 pm with No Comments »
February 23, 2012 2:33 pm

One Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit has an especially close view on the unrest in Afghanistan following the improper disposal of copies of the Quran at the detention facility at Bagram Air Base.

The headquarters of Lewis-McChord’s 42nd Military Police Brigade is managing the prison at Bagram. The unit deployed early this winter with soldiers who trained for the challenges of working with Muslim detainees, the unit’s top noncommissioned officer said at her deployment ceremony last month.

“Our soldiers have to always be professional, apply standards and realize they have processes to follow,” Command Sgt. Maj. Dawn Ripplemeyer said at the time.

Two American soldiers and at least 10 Afghans have been killed over the past three days of protests, the Wall Street Journal reports.  American commanders and President Obama have sent apologies to Afghan President Hamid Karzai in efforts to calm the upheaval.

The 42nd MPs today sent a message to their families over Facebook assuring them that the soldiers are safe.
“Despite what you are seeing on the news, our soldiers are safe. We are working around the clock to assist ISAF in calming tensions through hard work and discussions with our Afghan partners,” the message read.
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