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Wisconsin Guard Soldiers help close Camp Bucca

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Sgt. Brad Smith, Portage, supervises the movement of detainees at the theater internment facility on Camp Bucca. The detainees are transferred to other TIFs in Iraq where they will either continue serving their sentence or be released. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Brad Smith, Portage, supervises the movement of detainees at the theater internment facility on Camp Bucca. The detainees are transferred to other TIFs in Iraq where they will either continue serving their sentence or be released. U.S. Army photo by

by Lt. Col. Tim Donovan

IRAQ (PRESS RELEASE) -- What was once the largest detention facility closed this week at Camp Bucca, in southern Iraq, with help from the Wisconsin Army National Guard Soldiers deployed with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

Since June Soldiers of the Janesville-based Company A, 132nd Brigade Support Battalion and Fond du Lac-based Company C, 2nd Battalion, 127th Infantry have been conducting guard force missions and detainee transfers. These missions included transporting hundreds of detainees at a time from Camp Bucca to internment facilities in and around Baghdad.

Several platoons of the 32nd Military Police Company have also assisted in detainee transfers. "The members of 2nd Platoon have received high praise for their professionalism in handling the detainees with dignity and respect while ensuring their safety during the transportation process," said 1st Sgt. Scott McDonnell of the 32nd MP Co. "They work long and difficult hours to meet this mission but continue to perform the mission with a high level of motivation."

Red Arrow soldiers are also involved in determining where detainees go from Camp Bucca.

Because detainees currently held in U.S.-run detention facilities will only be transferred to Iraqi facilities that meet minimum international standards, the 32nd MP Company's 1st and 3rd Platoons are completing assessments to ensure Iraqi prisons meet those standards for Iraqi prisoner custody and care.

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