Lance Cpl. Joeli O. Noareyes, a military policeman with MP Detachment, Combat Logistics Company 19, 1st Marine Logistics Group maintains a watchful eye over his particular section of Camp Sinjar’s perimeter, Nov. 6. Noareyes, 23, Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, and the other MPs with the detachment are responsible for base security, entry control point security and patrols through neighboring towns. Base security here consists of Military Police posted up in armored vehicles with mounted machineguns. MPs positioned the vehicles at strategic locations around the perimeter, based on fields of fire and weapons’ capabilities. If the machine guns and the occasional patrols don’t dissuade insurgents from causing problems, then the MP Quick Reaction Force provides another tool for thwarting enemy goals. A small, platoon-sized QRF element can react to anything from rapidly approaching vehicles to squad sized attacks and base infiltrations. The QRF can also call upon close-air support and the sizable ground combat element to help shore up any larger-scale problems. The MPs here operate in support of Operation Defeat al-Qaida North II, an operation designed to help coalition forces restore stability to the restive city of Mosul.
Photographer: Cpl. GP Ingersoll
Location: CAMP SINJAR, IQ