Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Thirty-five members of a military police unit at Fort Leavenworth will soon be guarding prisoners at a U.S. military installation in Kuwait.
The soldiers are members of the Army's 705th Military Police Internment and Resettlement Battalion. The Leavenworth Times reports they're leaving in stages following a deployment ceremony Monday at the northeastern Kansas Army post.
The MP's will operate a detention facility that holds U.S. military personnel at Camp Arifjan, a large U.S. base located about 40 miles from Kuwait City. The Navy has been operating the detention facility for 10 years.
The soldiers are scheduled to be gone for nine months. Maj. Kenneth Scillieri, who will be the facility commander during the deployment, says the detention center will operate similar to a U.S. prison.