Col. Robert Taradash and the 42nd Military Police Brigade returned from a mission managing detainees in Afghanistan in November. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Faiza Evans.)
Joint Base Lewis-McChord gained a new police chief this week when Col. Robert Taradash moved on from his command of the Army’s main law enforcement unit in the South Sound.
Col. David Chase stepped in to Taradash’s post as commander of the 42nd Military Police Brigade, a unit that trains for overseas detention operations while simultaneously managing the base’s police department and an Army jail.
Taradash and the brigade headquarters in November returned from a deployment in Afghanistan in which his soldiers managed the main detainee prison at Bagram Air Field. It was a high profile task because of the Afghan government’s advocacy to control all of its detainees despite NATO concerns about the inmates.
NATO handed formal control of the prison over to the Afghan government at a September ceremony.
Closer to home, the brigade supervises Lewis-McChord’s Department of Emergency Services and the Northwest Regional Correctional Facility. That prison gets in the news when during some of courts-martial that have taken place at Lewis-McChord recently. But it also has a gentler side with a work program known for teaching inmates how to grow their own food.
Even gentler, check out this story on a jail program that calls on inmates to train puppies that will become companions for the disabled.