A deployment ceremony at Fort Gordon on Feb. 28 marked a first for the Army, Lt. Col. Richard J. Karlsson said.
The 35th Military Police Detachment is "military police and support soldiers who have been brought together at one installation to train and deploy," said Lt. Col. Karlsson, the director of emergency services and provost marshal.
MPs from Training and Doctrine Command units at Fort Gordon; Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and Fort Monroe, Va., volunteered for the detachment, which will spend a year in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Training for the detachment, which has 40 members, began Jan. 16.
"It's nothing less than monumental," Lt. Col. Karlsson said of bringing the group together for specialized training.
The MP detachment has "to watch over our soldiers,'' he said.
Lt. Col. Karlsson expressed his confidence in the MPs and told the detachment's commander, Capt. Michael S. Daversa: "The greatest compliment I can give you is I trust you with the lives of our soldiers."
Capt. Daversa said he felt privileged to lead the group.
"All of these soldiers volunteered to leave the safety and comfort of their installations to serve" in an unsafe environment, he said. Capt. Daversa said the soldiers' eagerness to serve makes his job easier.
"The team is focused not on surviving but on succeeding," he said.