Army Capt. Ruben Velez, a guard supervisor with the MOTSU, Provost Marshall Office has served at the installation since 2003. "This is the first year that the National Guard has assisted us with our training requirement and they have done a great job, very professional operators," said Velez.
In order to conduct training as a staff the Provost Marshall Office needs two-weeks a year to provide the necessary training, during that time military police like the soldiers from the 211th provide physical security and other law enforcement functions for the installation.
The opportunity to work at MOTSU allows the soldiers of the 211th to gain valuable real-world training and meets their annual training requirements. In addition to perimeter patrols, physical security, crew security and other law enforcement operations, soldiers were trained on boat safety and conducted water patrols in MOTSU's harbor.
Army Capt. Greg Lewis, commander of the 211th explained the unique mission at MOTSU.
"Having the boat patrols in addition to our regular operations has been great for our team, overall this has been real-world exposure and it has given our junior leaders a chance to problem solve, work 12-hour shifts, the young guys have really stepped up," said Lewis.
Many of the members for the 211th Military Police Company are full time law enforcement officers from around North Carolina. As part of the mission at MOTSU these law enforcement and radar gun certified soldiers were delegated the authority to stop speeding on post and issued citations during their time at MOTSU. The tickets did not include fines but those caught speeding did have messages sent to a supervisor.
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