Sgt. 1st Class Brian Watts, military policeman, shows equipment used at a confinement facility to Major General Pat Akem (wearing the red beret).
PHOTO CREDIT: Melissa Buckley/GUIDON
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Nigeria’s provost marshal general visited Fort Leonard Wood to view U.S. Army Military Police School’s capabilities and training facilities, April 17.
Maj. Gen. Patrick Akem, Federal Republic of Nigeria provost marshal general, said studying the USAMPS set-up and training methods would allow Nigeria to implement these important police skills within their ranks. “These skills that you have here are very important to us,” Akem said.
Brig. Gen. Mark Spindler, USAMPS commandant, provided Akem an
overview of USAMPS by way of the command brief and met one-on-one during an office call.
Akem received a tour of Stem Village, which included the Basic Military
Police Training Division, Camp Charlie and Barr Confinement Facility before moving on to a canine demonstration given by the 92nd Military Police Battalion. A stop off at the John B. Mahaffey Museum Complex gave the visiting general a chance to get up close and personal with the USAMPS regimental history.
Akem also was given an overview of the Military Police Captain Career Course and Basic Officer Leader Course training before touring the Army Non-Lethal Scalable Effect Center.
Akem said his objective at Fort Leonard Wood was to observe training and practices that would be beneficial in his country. “We’re trying to take away things that will translate to concrete actions with our own armed forces,” Akem said.“Everything, from the training of soldiers to giving them skills that can be useful to the armed forces — the whole works.”
The relationship between the United
States and Nigeria is one that Akem said goes back well before he joined the service. “We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to be allied with the United States of America,” Akem said. “We are just privileged to be able to tap into that rich source of knowledge and the kinds of skills that have been developed over the years.”