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The 519th Military Police Battalion continues to strike hard!

U.S. Army Military Police have a long legacy and proud tradition as the Army's Force of Choice. The 519th Military Police Battalion "Vipers" embody that heritage as our Nation's Warrior Police. Despite a long history that spans more than six decades and support to all of the country's combat operations, the 519th does not rest on its laurels. Instead, today, the Vipers continue to stand ready to assist, protect, and defend our Army and our Nation through innovative training that incorporates our Corps' most lethal fighting systems, legacy programs that sustain and improve law enforcement expertise and proud traditions.

The War on Terrorism Terrorist acts and the threat of Terrorism have occupied the various law enforcement agencies in the U.S. government for many years. The Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996, as amended by the usa patriot act  has taxed Viper Soldiers--more than 900 Soldiers have provided necessary military police experience in the Military District of Washington The Military District of Washington (MDW) is one of nineteen major commands of the United States Army. Its headquarters are located at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. , Cuba, Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Iraq (with many Soldiers conducting multiple deployments). Before, during, and after each tour, Viper Soldiers serve with distinction and keep with the finest traditions of the Military Police Corps THIS ARTICLE IS A STUB! PLEASE HELP BY ADDING MUCH MORE INFORMATION!
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The Military Police Corps is the uniformed law enforcement branch of the United States Army.
. Today, in a rare time in the recent history of the 519th, four of its five companies are home conducting training to prepare for future deployments while one of its companies--the 209th Military Police Company--expands the battalion's heritage in the blistering blis·ter·ing
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 sands of Iraq. To support the ongoing--and oftentimes of·ten·times   also oft·times
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Adv. 1. oftentimes - many times at short intervals; "we often met over a cup of coffee"
frequently, oft, often, ofttimes
 relentless--training program devised by the battalion commander In the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, the commanding officer of a battalion is a Battalion Commander. The position is usually held by a lieutenant colonel, although a major can be selected for battalion command in lieu of an available lieutenant colonel. , Lieutenant Colonel Bradley W. Graul (with the support of his company commanders), the Vipers capitalized on the unique training opportunities presented at the premier training site for the U.S. Army--the Joint Readiness See: readiness.  Training Center.


The multiple rotations of brigade combat teams The brigade combat team (BCT) is the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the US Army. A brigade combat team consists of one combat arms branched maneuver brigade, and its attached support and fire units.  through the rigors presented at opposing forces Those forces used in an enemy role during NATO exercises. See also force(s).  training (Geronimo) allow Vipers to hone their warfighting skills and provide consistent support to maneuver brethren preparing to fight the War on Terrorism. Most recently, the battalion shared its experience and keen understanding of the police transition team mission with the Soldiers of the 194th Military Police Company. Recently, Viper Soldiers served as observers/controllers for military police from Fort Campbell Fort Campbell is a United States Army installation located between Hopkinsville, Kentucky and Clarksville, Tennessee and is home to the 101st Airborne Division.

The fort is named in honor of BG William Bowen Campbell, the last Whig Governor of Tennessee.
, providing them with the "tools to succeed" that served the battalion so well during its deployment to volatile east Baghdad. However, the Vipers do not train to fight the last war; instead, leaders have developed and are conducting pioneering training programs to ensure the success of the battalion in future combat operations.

In August 2007, the 519th Military Police Battalion was selected to receive M1117 Armored Security Vehicles The M1117 Guardian Armored Security Vehicle, or ASV, is an all-wheel drive vehicle manufactured by Cadillac Gage of Textron for use by the U.S. Military Police. Its armament consists of a Mk 19 grenade launcher and M2 Browning Machine Gun mounted in a turret similar to that used on  (ASVs). The ASVs provide improved protection and firepower fire·pow·er  
1. The capacity, as of a weapon, weapons system, military unit, or position, for delivering fire.

2. The ability to deliver fire against an enemy in combat.

Noun 1.
 and present the intimidation factor necessary to complete military police security missions. The vehicle, although not new to the Vipers, is novel to many newly arrived battalion Soldiers. In keeping with the Viper standard of excellence, the battalion massed its efforts to thoroughly train, comprehensively evaluate, and formally certify cer·ti·fy  
v. cer·ti·fied, cer·ti·fy·ing, cer·ti·fies
a. To confirm formally as true, accurate, or genuine.

 crews on the ASV ASV
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American Standard Version

ASV n abbr (= American Standard Version) → traduction de la Bible

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. Gunnery exercises served as the culminating event to the training, although the concepts and training requirements to conduct gunnery exercises were new to Viper leaders. However, three factors--teamwork, dedication, and Viper pride--enabled battalion Soldiers to build the necessary unit and crew bonds (an absolutely essential building block for future training). Additionally, the battalion instituted a driver training program to ensure the safety, use, and maintenance of the ASV.


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 its warfighting abilities, the Vipers consistently polished law enforcement skills to complete the watchwords "Warrior Police." The Viper battalion continues to provide critical law enforcement mission support to the Directorate of Emergency Services emergency services Emergency care '…services …necessary to prevent death or serious impairment of health and, because of the danger to life or health, require the use of the most accessible hospital available and equipped to furnish those services'  (DES). Daily leader and Soldier commitments in support of road patrols and the sections that fall within DES ensure a safe living and working environment for the Soldiers, Family Members, and civilians who work and reside at Fort Polk Fort Polk, U.S. army post, 200,000 acres (80,937 hectares), SW La.; est. 1941 and named for the Rev. Leonidas Polk. It is a major army warm-weather training center. , Louisiana. The infusion of military police Soldiers has created a balanced team that provides quality law enforcement operations. Although the cornerstone mission of the battalion law-and-order detachment remains law enforcement, the detachment continues to conduct Soldier readiness training in preparation for future deployments. The K9 section has shown its strength through aggressive live-fire training, combat detection operations, and medical evaluation (for Soldier and K9 care). The Vipers have internalized the moniker (1) A name, title or alias. See alias.

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 "Warrior Police" in aggressive preparation for combat and dedicated adherence to policing functions, understanding that both are essential to maintaining the traditions of the military police.

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 to Viper progress is understanding, remembering, and honoring the traditions and values of the Military Police Corps. Under Command Sergeant Major John Williamson's guidance and direction, the 519th strives to preserve the military police and Army way of life. Command Sergeant Major Williamson understands that, regardless of the best training in the world, a Soldier needs to realize and internalize internalize

To send a customer order from a brokerage firm to the firm's own specialist or market maker. Internalizing an order allows a broker to share in the profit (spread between the bid and ask) of executing the order.
 the importance of leadership and military police values to be trusted to make life and death decisions every day. To build great military police Soldiers, the Vipers take time to focus on the traditions that demonstrate and make tangible the importance of being a military police Soldier. On 18 September 2007, Command Sergeant Major Williamson hosted a ceremony that highlighted an example of merging history with operations of today. With Regimental Command Sergeant Major Jeffrey Butler as the guest of honor, the Vipers welcomed more than 30 Soldiers, from junior enlisted to noncommissioned officer non·com·mis·sioned officer
n. Abbr. NCO
An enlisted member of the armed forces, such as a corporal, sergeant, or petty officer, appointed to a rank conferring leadership over other enlisted personnel.
noncommissioned officer

NCO noncommissioned officer

NCO n abbr (Mil) (= noncommissioned officer) → Uffz. 
) ranks, to an induction ceremony marked with the traditional "crossing the line"--a symbolic step that bears the responsibility and professionalism required of all NCOs. At the ceremony, Command Sergeant Major Butler commented on the importance of and the strength gained from actively remembering the history and traditions of the Corps to yield better Soldiers in the future.

On 26 September 2007, the Viper battalion dedicated time to honoring past and present military police on the Regiment's birthday. Following a moment of silence during a retreat ceremony for the Vipers who lost their lives in support of the War on Terrorism, Lieutenant Colonel Graul remarked on the historical significance of Military Police and the dramatic push for increased forces. Specifically, Lieutenant Colonel Graul emphasized how the sacrifices of our fallen Soldiers should inspire and strengthen the resolve of today's Soldiers as we move into the seventh year of the War on Terrorism. The military police Soldier in the Viper battalion is a strong professional who understands the long legacy of the Military Police Corps and stands ready to fight our Nation's battles today and tomorrow.

The hallmark watchwords of the Viper battalion are present in the vision statement of the Military Police Corps Regiment:
   The Military Police Corps provides values-based
   Soldiers and units that are highly
   trained, versatile, and multifunctional. These
   Soldiers and units will provide the Army with
   flexible firepower, innovative leadership, and
   critical situational understanding.

The leaders of the 519th Military Police Battalion strive every day to live this vision. The progressive training, dedication to law enforcement and its intricacies, and reverence for military police history and traditions build an outstanding Viper team. Additionally, the Vipers focus on building complete family teams within its ranks. In this present time of multiple deployments, the strength of family is paramount to the success of the Soldier. Recently, the Viper battalion welcomed a family readiness support adviser. Her recommendations, coupled with Lieutenant Colonel Graul's guidance, have flourished to build outstanding family programs and support within the battalion. To date, the Vipers have hosted a "Shadow Day" in which families were able to spend a day with their Viper Soldier and learn the basics of being a member of the Viper battalion. The event culminated with a barbeque and numerous smiles. In keeping with the initiative to build Viper family teams, the battalion hosted an "Order of the Crossed Pistols" event in which Viper spouses competed to earn a crossed-pistols brooch brooch

Ornamental pin with a clasp to attach it to a garment. Brooches developed from the Greek and Roman fibula, which resembled a decorative safety pin and was used as a fastening for cloaks and tunics.
 or key chain by demonstrating knowledge of Viper skills and completing practical exercises. The unique family-oriented event allowed Soldiers to include their spouses in a uniquely military police, hands-on experience, thus strengthening the Viper concept of team.


Our current chief of the Military Police Corps Regiment, Brigadier General David Quantock, has focused his vision for the Military Police Corps on eight "big rocks." The Vipers of the 519th Military Police Battalion carry all of those rocks in their rucksacks. The battalion has strived to build a multifunctional, progressive Viper team that is fully capable of bringing the fight to the enemy. Through aggressive training, the maintenance of our unique military police law enforcement functions, the understanding that history and tradition are building blocks for future success, and the construction of strong family teams, the Vipers continue to be the Force of Choice for the Military Police Corps.

By Captain Rob Rodock

Captain Rodock is the commander of the 204th Military Police Company.
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Date:Mar 22, 2008
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