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Category: 42nd MP Brigade


JBLM gets a new police chief as command of MP brigade changes hands


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

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MPs from JBLM hand control of Bagram prison to Afghan forces

Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s military headquarters are leading the international news this morning following a ceremony in which they handed control of the main NATO prison in Afghanistan to local authorities.

The ceremony marks a milestone for the 42nd Military Police Brigade, which took command of the Parwan Detention Facility at Bagram Airfield in February. The brigade assumed control of the prison on the very day riots erupted across Afghanistan because of the inappropriate burning of Islamic holy books at the jail.

Since then, Afghan President Hamid Karzai pushed NATO to hand control of the jail to his government. In

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Report: Quran burnings revealed distrust at Bagram jail; changed plan for JBLM MPs

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top Army police unit went to Afghanistan early this year with ranks of veteran soldiers experienced in running jails in Muslim countries. It incorporated cultural lessons in its training as its soldiers prepared for the nine months they’d spend managing the primary military prison in the war zone.

Yet on its first day overseeing the prison at Bagram Airfield, the soldiers in the 42nd Military Police Brigade found themselves at the center of the worst cultural misunderstanding of the 11-year-old war, one that cost the lives of six U.S. service members and 30 Afghans.


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

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

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Lewis-McChord MPs deploying to Afghanistan to manage detainees

Some of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top cops are heading to Afghanistan where they’ll be in charge of all detainees in U.S. custody.

The 120 soldiers in the 42nd Military Police Brigade’s headquarters company mainly will manage a large prison at Bagram Air Field north of Kabul for the next nine months. Several companies of U.S. military police already stationed there are expected to report to them.

Leaders in the headquarters company wouldn’t say how many detainees are in the prison, but reports place the number around 2,000. The American Civil Liberties Union in January 2010 obtained records that

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Lewis-McChord MPs headed home from Afghanistan

About 200 Joint Base Lewis-McChord military police officers are on their way home  from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

The soldiers from the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade are scheduled to come home in two waves Thursday and Friday. About 140 are to arrive at Lewis-McChord’s Soldiers Field House Thursday, with the remainder getting back to their stateside lives Friday morning.

The Lewis-McChord soldiers were based in Kandahar, where they were tasked with training Afghan police, providing security in southern Afghanistan and supporting Afghan leaders. They also helped refurbish 29 schools with new stoves, windows, furniture and

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IED attack kills second soldier from Lewis-McChord MP company this week

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord military police company suffered its second casualty this week when Afghan insurgents attacked the unit with an improvised explosive device, killing a 22-year-old specialist.

Jason M. Weaver of Anaheim, Calif., was killed Thursday in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province. He was assigned to the 170th Military Police Company, 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade.

Earlier this week, another IED attack against the same company killed Pfc. David Fahey, 23, of Norwalk, Conn.

The company deployed to Afghanistan in June and had not lost soldiers until this week.

Kandahar Province is the Taliban’s birthplace, and it’s been

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Local links, April 8

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers of the 24th Quartermaster Company received a heroes’ welcome when their plane landed for a layover in New Hampshire, reports.

Other local links:

17th Fires Brigade
Handling Stress While Deployed [DVIDS]
Radiation Assessment [DVIDS]

42nd Military Police Brigade
New Soldiers Link Up, Prepare With Military Police [DVIDS]

Naval Base Kitsap
Bremerton’s Youngest Sailors Ready to Move Into Fancy New Digs [Kitsap Sun]
Stennis Getting $137 Million Tune-Up for Next Deployment [Kitsap Sun]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Daisy Scouts help troops

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