‘Centurions’ keep watch on post, LORA Print E-mail
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Story by Staff Sgt. Kelly Malone
Special to GUIDON

Law enforcement on post is a necessary service to maintain order and protect those who might find themselves in need.  

The 13th Military Police Company, or “Centurions,” have solely carried out this mission for the last 90 days as the 92nd Military Police Battalion realized it had many of their companies tasked with numerous other missions to include deploying in support Operation Enduring Freedom.  
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Sgt. Kanesha Bouie, Spc. Jason Lusak and Pvt. Dillon Deford, 92nd Military Police Battalion, load gear before going on shift to conduct presence patrols.

“The “Centurion” Soldiers had a unique mission in the sense that this company was singularly charged with Fort Leonard Wood law enforcement and gate security responsibilities for the last three months,” said Capt. Jose Murillo, commander, 13th MP Co., 92nd MP Bn., 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 1st Infantry Division. “In the past, the responsibilities were shared among multiple companies within the  battalion.”

In addition to installation requirements, military police with the 92nd MP Bn. provide both vehicle and bicycle presence patrols at the Lake of the Ozarks Recreation Area, operated by the Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation program, which begin each year with the Memorial Day holiday.

“It was fun patrolling both in the car and on the bike,” said Spc. Jason Lusak, military police officer, 13th MP Co. “Being in the car is one thing but being on a bike puts you closer to the patrons who are more likely to talk to you on a bike. Plus it was nice to show the community we were there whether they needed us or not.”

Continued training ensures the best support possible to the residents and guests of Fort Leonard Wood and LORA.

“Our 13th MP Co. Soldiers train on numerous job-specific tasks to include responding to a domestic disturbance, proper use of force, and the protection of a crime scene,” Murillo said. “Overall there are more than 60 tasks each Soldier must successfully complete prior to being certified to conduct law enforcement.”

The 13th MP Co., ended their tour of duty June 30, and a new company is greeting arrivals at the gates and helping to keep the peace on post and at LORA.  

(Editor’s note: Malone is a photojournalist assigned to the 4th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade Public  Affairs.)
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 July 2014 )