MPs conduct installation Special Reaction Team tryouts Print E-mail
Thursday, 31 January 2013
Spc. Michael McMurphy, a military policeman assigned to the 463rd Military Police Company, 92nd Military Police Battalion, conducts a reflexive fire exercise during a Special Reactions Team try out Jan. 17 to serve as part of the installation’s SRT in support of the Directorate of Emergency Services. Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael Morrison
By Staff Sgt. Heather Denby
Special to GUIDON

Eight Soldiers assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade participated in a Special Reaction Team competition Jan. 17 to serve as part of the installation’s SRT in support of the Directorate of EmergencyServices.

“A Special Reaction Team is an elite law enforcement tactical element specially trained, armed, and equipped to contain and neutralize special threats, such as barricaded subjects, raids, or the apprehension of dangerous subjects,” said Don Rose, Fort Leonard Wood DES deputy director.

“Because of the strenuous training involved, the Soldiers that perform SRT duties must be highly motivated and possess the physical agility to perform unique law enforcement tasks,” he said. “A competitive ‘tryout’ process allows the commander and SRT leader to select the best Soldiers for the mission from those who volunteer.”

The SRT leader, Sgt. James Lonon, 252nd Military Police Detachment, 92nd Military Police Battalion, designed a 10-hour tryout that began at 5 a.m.

“The day started off with a physical fitness test in ACUs,” Lonon said. “It was cold and miserable, but all eight (Soldiers) stuck it out and scored exceptionally well.”

The test was followed by an equipment layout and a three-mile rucksack march to the weapons range.

All of the competitors qualified with their assigned M4 rifle and M9 pistol and completed a rigorous reflexive fire shooting drill, Lonon said. Of the eight Soldiers, Sgt. Jessica Benton, 463rd Military Police Company, shot in the top five and scored the highest on her physical fitness test.

“This means the world to me,” Benton said. “I’ve wanted to be part of SRT since I was a private.”

Benton was selected to compete at the 1st Infantry Division Soldier of the Quarter during 2011 where she earned second place and was promoted to sergeant this month.

“I’ve made many accomplishments while serving with the 463rd MP Company and I’d like to do even more,” she said. “Being part of the SRT means that I get to do what Soldiers do best, which is to shoot, move and communicate.”

Benton and the other seven Soldiers that competed in the try out were selected to attend the SRT course at the U.S. Army Military Police School held here on post later this year.

The training and responsibility of the installation SRT mission is an honor for the battalion said 92nd MP Battalion Command Sgt. Maj. James Schultz.  

“The most important thing that we want the community to know is that we have handpicked top notch Soldiers that have attended elite training and those Soldiers will ensure the protection and safety of Fort Leonard Wood and its people,” Schultz said.

The SRT mission will require continuous training that these Soldiers will do throughout the coming year, he said.

(Editor’s note; Denby is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public Affairs Office.)

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