Nov. 23, 2007

229th MP's lead weapons qualification at Fort Pickett

Sgt. Ernest Carila (right) provides hands-on instruction on the operation of the MK19 Nov. 17 at Fort Pickett. (Photo by 1st Lt. Jennifer McGhee, 91st Troop Command Public Affairs)

By 1st Lt. Jennifer McGhee
91st Troop Command Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va.– Soldiers from 3rd Platoon, 229th Military Police Company ran the MK19 range for elements of the 91st Troop Command Nov. 17 at Fort Pickett.

The range cadre supported over 80 Soldiers who collectively fired over 2,800 40MM grenades down range. This type of weapons familiarization and qualification is critical in preparation for pre-mobilization.

Members from the 229th MP Co., 266th MP Co., as well as some of the Soldiers from 276th Engineer Battalion, all braved the cold and wind to participate in this training. 

Many of the MP's are also full-time law enforcement officers for agencies across the Commonwealth. Sgt. Ernest Carila, a 19-year veteran of the Virginia Beach Police Department, recently returned to the Army National Guard after a 17-year long break in service. He graduated from Military Police training on Nov. 3. The training, held at Fort Pickett was started Oct. 2006. Students from across the nation attend this school for MP qualification; three classes have been conducted and more are scheduled. 

The MK19 range noncommissioned officer in charge, Staff Sgt. William Bart, is the platoon sergeant for 3rd Platoon and served as a guest instructor for the last Military Police qualification course. Bart said that he enjoyed teaching but his duties as a platoon sergeant are the most rewarding because he has a greater impact on the Soldiers.

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